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Discussion with William Hammink USAID Mission Director to Sudan: Food, Agribusiness, and Rural Market Development in Southern Sudan

Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 12:00 - 14:00

 

 

Please join us for a discussion with:

William Hammink

USAID Mission Director, Sudan

on

 Food, Agribusiness, and Rural Market Development in Southern Sudan

 

Thursday, July 1, 2010
12:00 – 2:00pm
NEW VENUE: APLU Office
1307 New York Avenue, NW
Ground Floor Conference Center

 

Introduction

Peter McPherson, founding Co-Chair of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in African and current President of APLU, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

 

Presentation

Mr. Hammink will discuss the new Food, Agribusiness, and Rural Markets (FARM) program, an agricultural initiative that will be implemented over five years in partnership between the Government of South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and USAID, with a total budget of $55 million. The program will initially focus on select counties in southern Sudan’s ‘green belt zone,’ which spans Western, Central, and Eastern Equatoria states, and where conflict destroyed much of the local capacity for agricultural production during Sudan’s civil war. This area has high agricultural potential and will soon be connected through new road construction to fast-growing markets for farm goods.

The program will focus on smallholder producers to rapidly increase their production of selected staple crops, such as maize and sorghum. The program seeks to increase farm productivity, trade, and the capacity of people engaged in the agricultural sector in southern Sudan, including producers and those in the private and public sectors.

Agriculture is the backbone of economic development in southern Sudan, employing the majority of the population of more than 8 million, 80 percent of whom live in rural areas. More than 90 percent of southern Sudanese live on less than $1 per day and according to the World Food Program, more than 52 percent of the people face food insecurity. Southern Sudan is highly dependent on expensive food imports from neighboring Uganda and Kenya.

 

William Hammink
On March 9, 2009, William (Bill) Hammink became the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Sudan Mission. The U.S. government is the largest donor to Sudan, and Hammink will manage USAID's program, which amounts to nearly a billion dollars a year.

Hammink is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with more than 28 years at USAID working on international development and humanitarian programs. His most recent role was as Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade. Appointed to this position in September 2007, Hammink provided senior policy advisory and management services in sectors related to agriculture, economic growth, development credit and education. He co-chaired a U.S. Govern-ment interagency food security task force and served as the USAID repre-sentative to the G-8 food security experts group.

From 2006-2007, Hammink was the director of the Office for Food for Peace, managing over $2 billion in U.S. food aid and testifying before three committees in Congress on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Prior to this, he was the USAID Director in Ethiopia, managing one of the largest USAID programs in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ethiopia, Hammink led the hu-manitarian response during two major crises affecting over 13 million peo-ple, and designed and implemented a USAID strategic plan to integrate relief and development programs, while starting a new multi-donor, gov-ernment-led productive safety net program to alleviate chronic food insecu-rity and jumpstart rural growth.

Hammink, who received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Univer-sity of Minnesota, joined USAID in 1981 and has served in six posts on three continents: Swaziland, Senegal, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Russia, and West Bank/Gaza. He is married to Marie-Eve Hammink, and they have two adult children.

 

A light lunch will be served.

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