By Arielle Golden
The symposium will discuss the current status of food security and agriculture. (Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)
At the symposium, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other leaders in the global food security and agriculture landscape will discuss G8 efforts to advance global agricultural development and food and nutrition security in Africa. Participants will range from African heads of state, to international aid organizations, to scientific and academic institutions.
The symposium will focus on four key topics: demonstrating the L’Aquila Initiative from the 2009 G8 Summit, which stated a shared commitment to invest $20 billion over three years to encourage rural development in poor countries; presenting select African countries’ development plans; announcing new commitments to these plans; and exploring opportunities for non-governmental plans to complement and amplify action to further the goals of the G8 Summit.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs aims to influence the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. The World Economic Forum works to engage business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The symposium hopes to elevate G8 topics and announcements among the participants and foster cooperation between the represented groups.
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Arielle Golden is a research intern with the Nourishing the Planet project.