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Congressional Breakfast Briefing: Emerging U.S. Leadership on Global Food Security

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 09:30 - 11:00


Congressional Breakfast Briefing on Emerging U.S. Leadership on Global Food Security

Venue: B-339 Rayburn Hall
Roger Thurow
Wall Street Journal, Senior Reporter
Scott Kilman
Wall Street Journal, Senior Reporter

Franklin Moore

Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID, Bureau for Africa.
His Excellency Bockari Stevens
Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the United States.
Peter McPherson
Board Chair of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
Marshall Bouton
President,The Chicago Council on Global Affairs,

Last year's global food crisis was a wake up for us all. In only months, price spikes across the globe made food either unaffordable or unavailable for billions of people. Food riots broke out in 30 countries and over 100 million people fell back into poverty. Today, nearly 1 billion people are chronically hungry.

The President and many in Congress are making food security a top foreign policy priority. The event provided insight into the Administration's new food security initiative. We also hear from experts about the challenge of global hunger and how agricultural development strategies offer hope for success. The panel included an impressive range of experts from the fields of journalism, government and academia.