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DC Briefing: Expanding Commitments to Africa’s Agricultural Development and Food Security

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:00 - 14:30
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2168 (Gold Room)
Oxfam America, Bread for the World Institute, Congressional Hunger Center, Africare, and the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa invite you to a Congressional Briefing on:

Expanding Commitments to Africa’s Agricultural Development and Food Security:  Perspectives from the Field on Progress and Challenges

and Briefing on the Partnership’s 2010 US Assistance to African Agriculture Report

With the L’Aquila Summit and the historic G8 commitments to food security culminating in the launch of the US Feed the Future Initiative, 2009 marked a “sea change” in the recognition of agriculture as a major driver of sustained economic development and food security in sub-Saharan Africa.  What progress has the US made so far in fulfilling its pledge to increase funding for agricultural development and support country-led agricultural development? What progress have African countries and regional economic communities made in prioritizing and committing resources to agricultural growth and development? What are some of the success stories from the field that are inspiring hope and motivating increased private and public sector investments?   

Please join us for a Congressional luncheon discussion on Monday, October 18, 2010, in Washington, D.C. for a briefing on the Partnership’s 2010 flagship report on US assistance to African agricultural development and to hear African and US perspectives on progress and challenges in developing, financing and implementing long-term agricultural plans around priorities developed by government, private sector and civil society leaders at country and regional levels.


Welcome and IntroductionH.E. Stephen Matenje, Ambassador of Malawi to the United States & Mary Chambliss, Partnership Board Member & Former Deputy Administrator, USDA (Co-moderators)

Briefing on the 2010 Partnership Report on US Assistance to African Agriculture - Julie Howard, Executive Director & CEO, and David Shiferaw, Research Fellow, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa

Panel Discussions:

Panel A: Sustaining Support for Demand-Led Development: CAADP & the US Feed the Future

  • Aghatan Alhassane, Minister of Agriculture, Mali
  • Eleanor Nagy, Director, Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative Office, US State Department
  • Francois Nsengiyumva, Chairman of Post Harvest and Storage Task Force, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda
Panel B:  Implications for Capacity Strengthening & Agribusiness Development
  • Mima Nedelcovych, Schaffer Global & Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa
  • Moussa Ag Demba, President, Farm Cooperative Society, Kessou Region, Mali
  • Emmanuel Harelimana, Deputy Managing Director, CAFERWA
  • Tag Demment, Associate Vice President of International Development, APLU
  • Samuel Kyamanywa, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Makerere University
Question & Answer Session
A light lunch will be served.

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