I’m in Beijing to take part in the Strategic and Economic Dialogue along with other Obama Administration leaders.
First stop: China Agricultural University where the Agriculture Cadres Training College is preparing the next generation of development professionals.
This is the only university In China to have a discipline in development; it offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field. The visit here was very exciting — there were great questions about Africa and partnerships — and the students were extremely engaging.
Ambassador William Garvelink recently joined USAID as Deputy Coordinator for Development for the Feed the Future initiative.
Q. What is Feed the Future?
Garvelink: Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Through Feed the Future, we will contribute to raising incomes, improving nutrition, and enhancing food security – seeking to impact millions of lives worldwide.
Q. Why the emphasis on food security — why now?
Garvelink: Right now, we have a historic opportunity. Global leaders at the 2009 G8 Summit made a commitment to act with scale and urgency. President Obama’s $3.5 billion pledge helped to leverage more than $18.5 billion from other donors in support of a common approach to achieve sustainable food
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USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry launched the FARM program, which marshals a variety of resources in a re-emerging agricultural area. It's designed to inspire others to join as partners in reducing hunger in southern Sudan.
Today we launched the Food, Agribusiness, and Rural Markets (FARM) Program, an innovative and promising partnership with the Government of South Sudan to rebuild capacity in the “green belt zone,” where conflict destroyed much local agricultural production during Sudan’s civil war. This area has high potential and, with new road construction, will be connected to fast-growing markets for farm goods.
Read more about the FARM program here.
USAID will launch the Feed the Future website – a hub for resources on the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative.
Administrator Shah will provide keynote remarks and release the Feed the Future implementation guide at a Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
A senior delegation from Djibouti will meet with Administrator Shah.
Administrator Shah meets with Nancy Sutley, Chair, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and other CEQ leaders to discuss continued collaboration on climate change and forestry issues.