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Peace Corps and USAID Highlight Feed the Future at Iowa State University

Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and USAID Administrator Shah visited Iowa State University on October 18 to discuss food security and agriculture in development as part of the school’s World Affairs Seminar Series. Iowa State is the first land-grant university and a pioneer in agricultural extension.

In her remarks, Hessler-Radelet described how Peace Corps Volunteers are on the frontlines of Feed the Future, supporting food security goals at the grassroots level. “Working closely with USAID, Peace Corps Feed the Future volunteers ensure that innovative food security practices reach agricultural communities,” she said. “[These] communities are partners in implementing those practices.”

Administrator Shah, whose visit marked the eighth stop in his USAID Fall Semester tour, noted in his remarks how critical university partnership is in advancing areas like nutrition, biosafety, and seed development. Iowa State’s Seed Science Center is a leader in national seed research, education, technology transfer, and international seed programs, and performs laboratory tests on more than 40,000 seed samples annually.

He also encouraged students to get involved in global efforts to end extreme poverty and undernutrition in developing countries. “This is not just a story anymore about donors in the private sector,” he said. “It’s about researchers and students all over this country getting more engaged.”

Read more about the USAID Fall Semester or watch a video on Peace Corps and USAID collaboration on food security in Senegal.

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