Statement by Courtney Nemroff, Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs, on Agenda Item 26 Agriculture Development and Food Security at the Second Committee

November 5, 2012

The following are remarks, as prepared for delivery, by Courtney Nemroff, Counselor for Economic and Social Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Read her full remarks on the U.S. Mission to the United Nations website.

Mr. Chairman, since the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009, UN Member States have brought increased attention to the issue of food security and nutrition and the nearly 1 billion people affected by hunger around the world.

President Obama’s L’Aquila commitment of at least $3.5 billion to combat hunger over the course of three years has helped leverage and align more than $22 billion in commitments from other donors in support of a common approach to achieve sustainable food security.

This financial pledge led to the development of the U.S. Feed the Future initiative, which helps address the root causes of hunger and under-nutrition through sustainable development of agricultural value chains.