GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY SYMPOSIUM 2017

After years of incremental progress in the fight against poverty and malnutrition, eradicating hunger is now within our grasp.

Global Food Security Symposium 2017

March 29-30 | Washington, DC

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Building on American ingenuity, international expertise, and historic bipartisan support for food security programming, the United States can help lead struggling nations from instability to prosperity and turn frontier markets into thriving partners.


Cochaired by Douglas Bereuter, president emeritus of The Asia Foundation, and Dan Glickman, former secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, this year's symposium will showcase the best of business, social, and policy innovation. Top visionaries from every sector will gather to generate the productive dialogue and actions necessary to ensure strides in global food security and agricultural development, and the Council will release its recommendations in a new report.

 

SPEAKERS

Gene Alexander

Chief Technical Officer, Body Surface Translations, Inc.
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Nick Austin

Director, Agricultural Development, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Douglas Bereuter

President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation; Former Member, US House of Representatives, Nebraska
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Catherine Bertini

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

Chairman, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, India
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Alesha Black

Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Euler Bropleh

Founder & Managing Director, VestedWorld
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Jason Clay

Senior Vice President, Food & Markets; Executive Director, Markets Institute, World Wildlife Fund
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Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Pablo Diego-Rosell

Senior Researcher, Gallup
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Elisabeth Fischer

Head, Good Growth Plan Customer Marketing, Syngenta Corporation
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Rikin Gandhi

CEO, Digital Green
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Pietro Gennari

Chief Statistician and Director, Statistics Division, UN Food and Agriculture Organization
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Dan Glickman

Vice President, The Aspen Institute; Former US Secretary of Agriculture
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Krysta Harden

Vice President, Public Policy; Chief Sustainability Officer; DuPont Co.
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Jim Hershey

Executive Director, WISHH, American Soybean Association
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Aubrey Hruby

Cofounder, Africa Expert Network
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Thomas Jayne

University Foundation Professor, Michigan State University
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Steve Johanns

CEO, Founder, Veriown
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Agnes Kalibata

President, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
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Jake Kendall

Director, Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab, Caribou Digital
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Edward Luce

Chief US Commentator and Columnist, Financial Times
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John M. Mandyck

Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation
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Alaa Murabit

High-Level Commissioner, SDG Global Advocate, United Nations
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Wairimu Muthike

Head of Business Development, ACRE Africa
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Femi Oke

International Journalist and Moderator, NABJ
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Jehiel Oliver

Founder/CEO, Hello Tractor
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Lisa Palmer

Journalist and Author; Senior Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
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Jerry Parkes

CEO, Injaro Investments Limited
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Martin Parr

Programme Manager, GODAN Secretariat; Head of Open Data, CABI
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Rhiannan Price

Senior Manager, Seeing a Better World Program, DigitalGlobe
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Natalia Pshenichnaya

Head, mNutrition, GSMA
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Sarah Richardson

Founder, Chief Scientific Officer, Ignition Genomics
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David T. Ruchiu

Africa Director, Farm Concern International
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Sharon Schmickle

Independent Journalist
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Dan Schmitz

Regional Head R&D and Scientific Affairs, Americas; Global Head of Product Dev., Abbott
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Matt Shakhovskoy

Executive Director, Initiative for Smallholder Finance
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Anna Swaithes

Corporate Sustainability Adviser
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Roger Thurow

Senior Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Mark Titterington

Global Head, Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Corporation
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William Warshauer

President and CEO, TechnoServe
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Margaret M. Zeigler

Executive Director, Global Harvest Initiative
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AGENDA

For the first time, the symposium will be a two-day event. Prior to the full day of presentations and report release on March 30, the Council will offer an additional day for participants to engage in solution sessions with global partners.

Wednesday, March 29

10:00 a.m.

Morning Solution Session

Voices from the Field
 

2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Afternoon Solution Sessions

Select ONE of the following options:
 

Building Africa’s Capacity & Human Capital

Themes: Capacity building, education, entrepreneurship and financing, building the pipeline of next generation leaders, public-private partnerships
 

How to attract and train the next generation of agricultural leaders? The world’s growing demand for food not only requires financial capital, it requires talented, well-equipped human capital in both the public and private sector to drive transformation. How attracted are talented young people to entrepreneurship in the food and agribusiness sector and what else is needed to attract even more? How are public sector activities such as extension, R&D, and higher education involving and attracting young people to meet current needs and build the pipeline of future leaders?  And finally, what are the innovative public-private partnerships that are emerging to build Africa’s 21st century food and agricultural system?
 

New Approaches to Using Big Data

Themes: Open data and data sharing, mobile and satellite data capture, innovative partnerships, the use/application of agricultural data and sustainable productivity/soil health, machine learning and predictive analytics
 

Mobile technology, satellites, and independent research are providing an ever-growing plethora of data and knowledge. And yet, access and decision-oriented analysis remain significant obstacles, prohibiting innovation and the creation of new solutions. Sharing this information among all stakeholders – civil society, governments, the private sector, and farmers – is vital to the socioeconomic transformation of countries battling food insecurity across the globe. Syngenta is a leader in collecting and sharing information for sustainable productivity with their Good Growth Plan. Efforts to establish a global platform for shared agricultural data that leverage new multisector collaborations and innovation are changing agriculture. How do we build a culture of transparency and reproducibility? How can we create a better way to curate and share the data to create real impact?   
 

Measuring Improvements of Diet Quality While Building Sustainable and Productive Food Systems

Themes: Food security, nutrition and diet quality, tracking development progress, sustainable and productive food systems
    
How do we measure what matters to food and nutrition security so we know whether we’re on track or are in need of course correction? Accurate metrics on key indicators such as micronutrient status or diet quality can be cumbersome and expensive to obtain, but they are essnential to develop appropriate strategies that will improve human health and well-being at scale. New approaches to data collection in food and nutrition security and new uses of existing technologies are starting to unravel some of these traditional challenges, but methodological and other challenges still remain that must be unlocked. This will be especially important as the world aims to track progress against SDG 2, which includes indicators related to both sustainable agricultural production and ending all forms of malnutrition under one goal. As incomes continue to rise and diets continue to change, the triple burden of malnutrition – undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency and obesity – must be tracked clearly and addressed uniquely if we are to achieve our global goals by 2030.

Thursday, March 30

8:30 a.m.

Welcome
 

Stability in the 21st Century: Global Food Security for Peace and Prosperity

Since World War II, the United States has led the fight to end global hunger and malnutrition. Impressive gains have been made, especially since the food price spike in 2008, but the job is not finished. Achieving global food security is still squarely in American interests and should be renewed as a centerpiece of foreign policy. This overview will review the critical pillars of action that will advance food security through policy and through thoughtful action by the private sector, research community, and civil society.
 

Conversation on Empowering Youth and Entrepreneur Led Development
 

National Security is Food Security: Strategic Leadership and a Moral Imperative

The international political and economic system is at an impasse. Existing and emerging security threats abound and durable solutions are often challenging to identify. Steadily increasing youth populations, rising unemployment, natural resource pressures, and unprecedented migration loom large as challenges that could further undermine progress in the coming years. However, historically, population booms have also provided fuel to accelerate development. Indeed, rates of poverty and food insecurity have held steady or declined in recent years, signaling potential to gain further momentum. Investments in agricultural development are not only instrumental to food and nutrition security, poverty alleviation, and broader economic development – they contribute to our collective desire to realize greater peace and security. How might food and nutrition security become a more central component to national security strategies? What might we do to plan and act in anticipation of evolving food security challenges in the face of continued demographic shifts and increased migration?
 

Themes: Food security as a component of national security, rising youth populations, increased migration, climate pressures and natural resource scarcity, food price volatility
 

Break
 

Transforming Economies

The number of people living in extreme poverty has decreased significantly in the past 20 years. And while this is a story of great progress, growth is not always inclusive or evenly distributed, which can widen gaps between rural and urban areas, women and men, and those with access to education, information, and capital – and those without. What can be done to make ongoing economic transformation more inclusive? What technologies, policies, and programs are most promising for rural populations and how are these affecting farm families, the development of small and medium enterprises, and women and young people in particular? What actions in the public and private sector stand to have the greatest impact on inclusive growth and what trends are emerging that merit attention?
    
Themes: Investment in Africa/Asia, inclusive economic growth, transitioning to digital economies, trade, investing in women and youth, , SME’s, transition to digital economies

 

Emerging Solution
 

Impact, Investment, and Finance: Right Capital, Right Time

The world’s farmers face an estimated $200 billion gap in unmet finance, most of whom farm small plots. Without this capital, farmers cannot invest in new tools, inputs, or labor saving technologies that could propel them from subsistence producers to profitable, market-oriented business people. The agriculture sector has long been seen as unattractive for its high risk and low profit margins relative to other industries and yet its understood that significant growth is possible and anticipated in light of rising incomes and diversifying diets. A holistic transformation of the food system requires financing across all components of the value chain, from farmers, to cooperatives, to SMEs, and banks. Why is matching the right capital at the right time to the right part such a challenge? What are the innovations that might unlock impact and access to finance at scale, from use of philanthropic funds to mobile money, special purpose investment vehicles, to new initiatives at traditional banks?
    
Themes: Access to capital, innovative finance, investment, lending, insurance, SME development, risk

 

Emerging Solution
 

Lunch
 

Flash Talk
 

Leveraging the Power of R&D

As the climate changes, agriculture must also change and adapt to increased temperatures, more erratic rainfall, flooding, and increased pests and diseases. Increased population growth will also require greater productivity from a finite natural resource base. The only way to stay ahead of these dynamics is to invest in R&D to find durability. Public investments in R&D are critical for scientists engaged in blue sky researc – potentially groundbreaking studies that could take decades to understand – and applied science that can help us respond to the next rapidly moving threat. Both play a critical role in helping America’s farmers compete globally while simultaneously offering breakthroughs that have increased food and nutrtition security in some of the world’s most vulenerable places. What differentiates public R&D efforts from those of the private sector? How have partnerships between public research in the United States and international research institutions been beneficial at home and abroad, and what does the next generation of public research in partnership globally look like?
 

Themes: Public research, land grant universities, R&D partnerships, climate resilience, sustainable productivity
 

Flash Talk
 

Emerging Solution
 

Measuring Impact for Sustainable Human Development: Unleashing the Power of the Private Sector

Public policy plays a huge role in shaping a safe, productive, and resilient food system, but much of the activity is driven by the private sector. As the world looks to achieve food and nutrition security by 2030, increasing productivity sustainably, and eliminating all forms of malnutrition, the private sector has increasingly stepped up to play a role and even changed the way they are doing business in response to consumers and civil society. What is the evolving view of the business community’s role in sustainble development, and how is it contributing to poverty alleviation and food security? How is civil society working with the private sector and at times, acting as a critic? New platforms for collaboration between the private sector and other actors are evolving as are mechanisms for demonstrating accountability to customers, suppliers, and a broader set of global stakeholders. What can we learn about scaling up from these experiences and what does the next wave of public-private partnership look like for food and nutrition security?
 

Themes: Role of the private sector, public-private partnership, achieving scale, environmental and social sustainability
 

Emerging Solution
 

Break
 

Farming, Food, and the Future of Work

How will the next generation participate in the transformation of agriculture and food systems? As youth populations expand rapidly in emerging economies, governments see them as a potential engine for progress, including for food security. But with the emergence of greater technological advancements in agriculture and other sectors, fewer workers are needed. What’s the real story about the interest of the next generation in this sector and the prospects available to them for meaningful work on the farm and off?
 

Themes: Employment opportunities; youth bulge and the next generation; nexus of data, technology, and agriculture
 

Emerging Solution
 

Still in the US Interest: Global Agricultural Development in the 21st Century

The United States played a historic role reducing global hunger in the last century because the moral imperative was bolstered by a strong economic case. Producers, commodity groups and businesses know that growing incomes abroad also translate to new market opportunities for American business, small and large. But it’s not just good economic sense; individual Americans have also shown their support for ending hunger by being among the most generous in the world in their giving to civil society and faith based organizations.
 

Themes: American businesses and farmers interests in emerging markets; Public support for development assistance; Civil society and faith based organizations
 

Symposium Wrap-Up
 

5:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

Hosted by RTI International

6:00 p.m.

Reception Adjourns

INFORMATION

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Full Registration Rate: $200

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March 29, 2017
Solution session details and locations will be announced shortly.
 

March 30, 2017
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20004

COMMENTARY

Leading up to this year's symposium, the Council is excited to announce the launch of a new blog series, A Food Secure Future. Over the next eight weeks, the series will explore the challenges that threaten global food security and the opportunities that exist to overcome hunger and malnutrition once and for all.

The Promise and Power of Agricultural Development

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Warding Off Instability and Conflict
 

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Innovation in the Face of Evolving Threats
 

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Engaging Youth in Global Agriculture

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NEXT GENERATION

  • Next Generation Delegates

  • Rapporteurs

  • Social Media Ambassadors

We are pleased to announce the Next Generation Delegation 2017, comprised of 20 exceptional students from universities throughout the United States and across the globe studying agriculture, food, health, and related disciplines. In addition, we are also pleased to announce our outstanding rapporteurs and social media ambassadors.

Oluwafemi Ajayi
University of Hohenheim
Olamide Bisi-Amosun
Purdue University
Zoë Campbell
Washington State University
Sam Coggins
University of Sydney
Caitlin Colegrove
Tufts University
Isabelle Foster
Stanford University
Shashank Gaur
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Emma Gibson
Carleton University
Margaret Hegwood
Purdue University
Michaela Hoffelmeyer
Iowa State University
Pongpun Juntakut
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Heather Kelahan
Columbia University
Vitor Machado de Oliveira Fernandes
University of São Paulo
Donald Mizambwa
Kyoto University
Rasesh Mohan
Harvard University & University of Pennsylvania
Sarahi Morales
Texas Tech University
Thomas Poole
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Morgan Shrader
Iowa State University
Joel Tumwebaze
Auburn University
John Woog
Georgetown University

We are pleased to announce the Next Generation Delegation 2017, comprised of 20 exceptional students from universities throughout the United States and across the globe studying agriculture, food, health, and related disciplines. In addition, we are also pleased to announce our outstanding rapporteurs and social media ambassadors.

Oluwafemi Ajayi
Univ. Hohenheim
Olamide Bisi-Amosun
Purdue University
Zoë Campbell
Washington State University
Sam Coggins
University of Sydney
Caitlin Colegrove
Tufts University
Isabelle Foster
Stanford University
Shashank Gaur
University of Illinois
Emma Gibson
Carleton University
Margaret Hegwood
Purdue
University
Michaela Hoffelmeyer
Iowa

State
Pongpun
Juntakut

U. Nebraska
Heather Kelahan
Columbia University
Vitor Machado
Univ. São Paulo
Donald Mizambwa
Kyoto University
Rasesh Mohan
Harvard/UPenn
Sarahi Morales
Texas Tech University
Thomas Poole
University of Illinois
Morgan Shrader
Iowa State University
Joel Tumwebaze
Auburn University
John Woog
Georgetown University

Rapporteurs are a new opportunity this year. They will play an important role by attending pre-symposium working group "Solution Sessions" in Washington, DC, and capturing key themes and outcomes discussed.


Kelsey Bachenberg, MA, International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 

Kristina Estrada, BS, Crop and Soil Sciences, Virginia Tech
 

Victorino Floro IV, MA, Global Human Development, Georgetown University
 

Sarah Piccini, MA, International Economics and International Development, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 

Swetha Ramachandran, MA, International Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
 

Marie Spiker, PhD, Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
 

Social Media Ambassadors play an integral role in supporting the symposium via digital platforms and driving engagement, outreach, and dissemination in the lead-up to the event. Ambassadors will also help to fuel online discussion by live-tweeting throughout the event.
 

Syed Ahmad Nafisul Abrar, BA, International Business, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, @NafisulAbrar

Nana Anima Akrofi, MPhil, Agribusiness, University of Ghana, Legon, @anaminaj16

Angora Franck-Hervé Aman, MSc, Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, University of Ibadan, @AngoraAman

Edward Amartey-Tagoe, MBA, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, @ttaaggooee

Abulude Ifeoluwa Ayodeji, BS, Agricultural Extension and Rural Development, Obafemi Awolowo University, @brotherlove01

Alemayehu Dekeba Bekele, PhD, Development Studies, Radboud University, @alemayehudekeba

Elinor ZE Brett, MA, Food Studies, American University of Rome, @elzebrelle


Lee Davies, MS, Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, Tufts University, @LeeADavies_

Sarpong Frederick, PhD, Food Science, Jiangsu University

Shitu A. Gabriel, PhD, Agricultural Extension, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, @gabriel_shitu

Yohannes Ayalew Hailemicael, MS, Veterinary Medicine, Ataturk University, @AyalewYohannes

Samuel Douglass Karyah, MBA, Cuttington University Graduate School

Elyssa B. Lewis, Dual-MS, International Agricultural Development and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, @ElyssaLewis

Topanga McBride, Dual-BS, Agricultural Communications and Journalism and Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, @reallifetopanga

Sonia Minhas, PhD, Development Studies, Institute for Social and Economic Change, @sminhas

Tiroyaone Albertinah Mogotsi, PhD, Ecology, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resource, @AlbertinahMogot

Nicholas A. Mueth, PhD, Molecular Plant Sciences, Washington State University, @ColeMueth
 

Joram Ndagga, BS, Business Studies, Kyambogo University, @joramndagga
 

Victoria Ndanyi, MSc, Food Science & Technology, University of Nairobi, @victoriandanyi

Ram Chandra Neupane, BSc, Agriculture, Nepal Agriculture and Forestry University, @RC_Neupane
 

Elizabeth Ninelah, Bachelor Candidate Sociology, Moi University, @ninnellah

Ahmad Oates, MS, Economics and Policy Analysis, DePaul University, @goodkidchicity
 

Ekpah Ojonugwa, BSc, Microbiology, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, @davisugwa
 

Babatunde Emmanuel Olarewaju, MPhil, Obafemi Awolowo University, @babat2011

Bernard Oloo, PhD, Food Science Technology, Egerton University, @bnoloo83


Jana L. Phan, PhD, Plant Genetics, University of Adelaide, @pllthuy
 

Sudhanshu Purwar, MS, Production and Protection of Plants, University of Milan, Italy
 

Hannah Quellhorst, MS, Entomology, Purdue University, @greeklizzie
 

Paul Stainier, BA, Applied Mathematics and Food Systems, Harvard College, @paul_stainier
 

Johanes Michael Surjadi, BS, Food Science and Technology, Bogor Agricultural University, @djohanes_
 

Iwong Emmanuel Udie, MA, Development Studies, Uganda Martyrs University, @Impactgrid

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Fighting hunger and boosting development is just as important in Ethiopia as it is in Minnesota.

—  Amy Klobuchar, US Senate (D-MN)

 

Agriculture is arguably the most strategic sector on the continent because it delivers two to three times the return on investment, in terms of improved economic well-being, as other sectors, represents 32 percent of Africa’s GDP; and employs 65 percent of the working population. Most importantly, it is the sector where the poorest on the continent are most likely to be engaged in their struggle to survive.

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