Today the Farm Journal Foundation’s Farmers Feeding the World initiative co-hosted an agriculture briefing with the Alliance to End Hunger in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the briefing was to introduce new members of the Alliance, many of whom have roots in agriculture, to the existing membership and to share the myriad of innovative ways the agriculture community is fighting hunger. Farmers Feeding the World joined the Alliance in March 2012.
The agriculture briefing convened many of the Alliance’s diverse stakeholders, along with policy advisers to members of the House and Senate Hunger Caucuses and Agriculture Committees. The program was divided into two panels addressing domestic and global hunger efforts, underscoring the increasingly critical role agricultural productivity and development play in feeding a rapidly growing population.
In the first panel, Farmers Feeding the World, National FFA Organization and the National Farmers Union described their respective hunger programs and engaged in a discussion moderated by Ron De Weerd of the Foods Resource Bank.
Following the domestic panel, David Lambert of Lambert & Associates moderated a global hunger panel, featuring representatives from Monsanto, Cargill, Heifer International and One Acre Fund. Audience members heard the Monsanto and Cargill representatives elaborate on their financial investments in African agriculture, while Heifer and One Acre Fund’s panelists discussed their innovative approaches to working with smallholder farmers to improve sustainable agricultural development.
"We are proud to showcase the contributions that Farmers Feeding the World and other members of the agriculture industry are making to eradicate hunger," said Charlene Finck, president of the Farm Journal Foundation. "Working with the Alliance to End Hunger empowers all of us to speak with a louder voice than we could on our own and offer opportunities to partner in new and creative ways. We are delighted to have friends from Capitol Hill who are interested in these issues join us."