Today, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs is hosting the Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, D.C., “to urge US leadership in mobilizing science, increasing trade, and capitalizing on the power of business to meet future food demand.”
At the meeting, the Council has released a report, Advancing Global Food Security: The Power of Science, Trade, and Business (PDF). The report includes four broad policy recommendations and some 21 specific action steps, including:
- Appoint the Vice President to lead the whole-of-government approach for food security, and, in this role, to chair a National Science Commission on Global Food Security.
- Double U.S. investments in agricultural and food research between now and 2023. Focus research dollars on priorities that will be most important to meeting future demand: equipping agriculture in the U.S. and in low-income countries to be resilient to water shortages, climate change and weather variability; aligning agricultural production and nutrition goals; and ensuring agricultural production builds, not harms, the natural resource base.
- Pass authorizing legislation that formalizes a U.S. commitment to food security through agricultural development.
- Increase funding for global agricultural development to build research and extension capacity in low-income countries.
- Reform food aid by moving to a cash-based system and ending monetization.
- Leverage the Trans-Pacific Partnership and U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement to remove barriers to agriculture and food trade.
- Create more incentives for business investment in low-income countries by reducing regulatory barriers and increasing lending for agricultural development.
Livestreaming of the meeting can be found at the Chicago Council’s web site. The agenda can be found here. Live reports and commentary from speakers can be found at the Council’s blog, Global Food for Thought.
Beyond the Rows: The Chicago Council Symposium on Global Food Security.
Beyond the Rows: Chicago Council Report on Global Agricultural Development (2012).