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Global Leaders to Launch G8 Food Security Agenda at May 18 Symposium

New Private Sector Investments in African Agriculture

On May 18, 2012, President Barack Obama, with G8 and African leaders, businesses, international organizations and civil society will convene to discuss new activities to advance global agricultural development, food and nutrition security in Africa.

The event, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, will feature announcements of significant new business commitments for African agriculture and discussions on addressing hunger and poverty in the changing development landscape.  


  • President Barack Obama
  • His Excellency Dr. Boni Yayi, President of the Republic of Benin & Chairperson of the African Union
  • His Excellency Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of Ethiopia
  • His Excellency John Evans Atta Mills, President of Ghana
  • His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania
  • The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary, United States Department of State
  • The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Bono, Co-Founder of ONE and (RED)
  • TheHonorable Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
  • Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • Ms. Josette Sheeran, Vice Chairman, World Economic Forum

Continue reading the media advisory on the USAID website

Food Security Activities & Events

  • Chicago Council 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture & Food Security  |  View event
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