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Congressional Briefing: "Supporting Africa's Strategy for Reducing Rural Poverty"

Monday, October 19, 2009 - 08:30 - 10:30

Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa in cooperation with the House Hunger Caucus

Venue: Rayburn House Office Building Room B-340

Presentation of the Partnership's new report and a panel discussion with African public, private and civil society leaders on African priorities for food security and agricultural development


Welcome and Introduction - Mary Chambliss, Board member, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa (moderator)

Comments - Cindy Buhl, Legislative Director, Congressman James McGovern

Introduction of Partnership report, "Supporting Africa's Strategy for Reducing Rural Poverty" - Julie Howard, Executive Director, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

What are the Priorities of African Farmers, Businesses and Civil Society for Food Security and Agricultural Development?


  • Linking Agriculture and Nutrition at the Village Level: African Women as Catalysts for Change -- Linda Nghatsane, Managing Director, Abundant Life Skills
  • Innovations in Financing Agriculture -- Mr. Anteneh Assefa, Representative - Bank of Abyssinia, Ethiopia
  • Educating Tomorrow's Farmers, Agricultural Scientists, and Businessmen: Priorities for Higher Education -- Dr. Bernard Bashaasha, Senior Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Makerere University


Articulation of African Priorities at Country and Regional Levels, and Implications for the US Food Security Initiative


  • How do African Farmers, Civil Society and Businesses Articulate Priorities through MCC Compact Development and Implementation? -- Mr. Matthew Armah, Chief Operating Officer, Ghana Millennium Development Authority (MiDA)
  • Regional Economic Integration and Agricultural Development: The CAADP Compact Process in COMESA and SADC regions -- Francis Hale, FANRPAN
  • The US Food Security Initiative: Operationalizing the 'Country-Driven' Approach - Franklin Moore, USAID (invited)


Q & A/ Discussion