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Partnership Policy Taskforce on Demand-Driven Approach

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 12:00 - 14:00


Panel Discussion on "From Commitment to Action: A Demand-Driven Approach to Improving Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa"

Partnership Office
499 S. Capitol Street, SW Ste#500B
Washington, D.C. 20003
Emmy Simmons
Former USAID Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade 
Abdoulaye Diop
Ambassador of Mali to the United States 
Frank Young
Vice President, International Development, Abt Associates  

And other members of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa's Policy Task Force

Panel members will discuss the Partnership's recently released recommendations for the new US Government Food Security Initiative. In From Commitment to Action: A Demand-Driven Approach to Improving Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Partnership calls for a demand-driven, African-owned approach to funding and programming foreign assistance which has as its clear objective strengthening the foundations for long-term, African-led agricultural development and food security.   A new umbrella authority, a Food Security Fund, is proposed that would provide the flexibility to shape new bilateral Food Security Compacts with partner-countries and regional organizations, and draw upon US "whole of government" resources in their implementation.   Five specific recommendations are made:   1. Shift the locus of decision-making to developing countries and instill in US law the "presumption" that recipients are responsible for setting their priorities for achieving food security and agricultural development.   2. Maximize funding and implementation flexibility through the creation of a "Food Security Fund."   3. Undertake intensive consultations aimed at developing multi-year "Food Security Compacts" with eligible countries and regions.   4. Make food security assistance available to regional organizations, not just individual countries.   5. Prioritize local capacity and institution-building through the Food Security Compacts, and implement a results-oriented, learning approach.