Food security and sustainable production are two buzz phrases that go hand in hand in today’s global environment. Even discussion among American policy makers seems to revolve around the phrases "food secure" and "sustainably produced."
A research forum of more than 300 stakeholders of global hunger relief and sustainable productivity from the U.S. and around the world will gather in Washington for a research forum to discuss the direction of Feed the Future's research going forward. The forum, organized by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities with the Board for International Food and Agriculture in coordination with USAID and USDA, is June 21-23, 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.
Feed the Future (FTF), a global hunger and food security initiative by the U.S. Government, has a vested interest in gathering research to advance the productivity frontier, transform production systems and enhance nutrition and food safety.
"The United States is leading an effort to reach out to people around the world who are suffering, to provide them immediate assistance and to extend support for food security that will help them lift themselves out of poverty," writes President Barack Obama on the FTF website. "All of us must join together in this effort, not just because it is right, but because by providing assistance to those countries most in need, we will provide new markets, we will drive the growth of the future that lifts all of us up."
FTF is part of the commitment President Obama made during the 2009 G8 summit to provide $3.5 billion for agriculture development and food security over three years and his pledge to help leverage more than $18.5 from other donors in support of sustainable food security. The initiative is not only committed financially, says FTF, but is using an analytical approach to increase progress toward the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty by half in 2015.
Innovative research is essential for the U.S. Government to help countries transform their own agriculture sectors and regional trading systems to sustainably feed their people, states a press release from the U.S. Agency of International Development.
This gathering of experts from research communities ranging from government, civil society and industry will call on expertise in many areas including: agriculture, food systems, social sciences, business, environment, human nutrition, food safety and policy, in order to identify key challenges and researchable approaches that support the overall goal of FTF.
Farmers Feeding the World is encouraged that the U.S. government has also embraced sustainable agricultural development as its chief strategy to achieve global food security and will have a representative at the forum to learn more about the initiative.