Global food security report calls for actions to close the gap

Posted by on May 4th, 2010 | 0 Comments »

On April 27, 2010, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Center for Strategic and International Studies launched the report of its Task Force on Food Security, co-chaired by Senator Richard Lugar, Senator Robert Casey, and Representative Betty McCollum, entitled “Cultivating Global Food Security:  A Strategy for U.S. Leadership on Productivity, Agricultural Research and Trade”.  This event marked the outcome of many discussions and meetings of the Task Force which had been charged with developing recommendations for a long-term U.S. strategic approach to global food security.  The Task Force’s membership included leaders from government, business, academia, and the nongovernmental and philanthropy communities.

CSIS President and CEO Dr. John Hamre provided introductory remarks, and the Congressional Co-Chairs addressed the audience.  Their comments were followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A on the report’s key findings and recommendations for a long-term U.S. strategic approach to global food security. Click here to watch the video of the event, or view below.

The report outlines three areas for action: 

  1. the drastic need to boost productivity;
  2. the necessity to have greater investments in agricultural research and development (both domestically and abroad)
  3. the total integration of U.S.trade policy and food security.

The CSIS report concludes:

“The United States has a tremendous opportunity to bring to bear its expertise, its human resource, and its commitment to feed people worldwide to set the world’s food system on a path toward long-term security,  As Senator Lugar said, ‘The United States has always stood for big ideas–from the founding of the Republic on the basis of freedom to President Kennedy’s vow to put a man on the moon.  One of today’s big ideas should be the eradication of hunger.  We can bring America’s dedication to science, innovation, technology and education together to lead an effort devoted to overcoming the obstacles to food security.’  It is an opportunity to lead the way forward in a world hungry for progress.  It is an opportunity to plant the seeds of global stability and prosperity and to cultivate goodwill around the world.”

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