The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States, publishes an annual assessment of progress by the United States in global agricultural development. The 2012 progress report cites major strides the U.S. government has made “toward putting agricultural development back at the top of its foreign assistance agenda, reversing a three-decade long downward trend in U.S. global food security activities.”
Among its key findings are:
• The U.S. government has begun to develop and implement a focused strategy for global agricultural development, “with well-defined goals and benchmarks.”
• The U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development are showing “outstanding leadership” in advancing global agricultural issues.
• Congress and the USDA rate a “good” rating for their contributions while the Peace Corps is given a “satisfactory” rating.
• The Millennium Challenge Corporation is commended for its work in building agricultural infrastructure in developing countries, and its leadership is cited as “outstanding.”
“Renewed U.S. efforts are helping further the plans of African, Asian, and Latin American country governments to revitalize their agricultural sectors, spur economic growth, and alleviate poverty,” said Catherine Bertini, former executive director of the United Nations World Food Program and co-chair of the Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative.
Dan Glickman, former secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Also co-chairs the initiative.
On Friday, the Chicago Council will be hosting the Third Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C. President Obama is scheduled to speak at the meeting.
The Chicago Council was founded in 1922 as the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. The Council is committed to “influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.”
You can download the Chicago Council’s 2012 report in pdf format here.