"It's sad to say, but there's too many people who go to bed at night hungry, children and adults both, and I think our world pays the consequences because of that." - Kip Tom
Indiana farmer Kip Tom hopes to change the state of world hunger from an influential seat in Rome. Tom was nominated this week by President Donald Trump to serve as America's ambassador to the United Nations World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization. The post requires Senate confirmation.
"The goal is to work ourselves out of a job so we don't have to have these organizations. Show them how they can produce their own food," Tom told AgDay's Betsy Jibben. "And when we know that the population of Africa is going to nearly double over the next 32 years, we know that there's gonna be a lot of stresses on the system. So whatever we can do to help development of the 5 or 600 million smallholder farms around the world is going to be an important part of that development. There's a lot of work to do in this job."
Tom operates Tom Farms which operates both in Leesburg, Ind. and Argentina. He served on candidate Donald Trump's agriculture advisory committee.
Tom was nominated for the ambassadorship by Senator Todd young (R-Ind.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee. In a joint statement Young and fellow Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) commended Tom saying, "Kip Tom is an outstanding Hoosier and a leader in the agriculture community. Kip’s significant experience in agriculture, business, and humanitarian relief, make him an excellent fit for this role. As we work to address food insecurity and malnutrition around the world, it’s important to have someone in this position who can represent our interests and values. We congratulate Kip on his nomination and look forward to voting for his confirmation.”
See Kip Tom's full comments about his nomination to serve as an ambassador in the video player below.