Chicago Council's Global Agriculture Development Report


February 25, 2009, 3:00 AM EST
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
Richard G. Lugar (US Senate), Joachim von Braun (International Food Policy Research Institute), David Beckmann (Bread for the World), Catherine A. Bertini (former executive director, UN World Food Program) and Dan Glickman (former US secretary of agriculture)

Event Summary

The Global Agricultural Development Project's final report provides an objective assessment of the risks posed by rural poverty and food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. It endorses a call to action for the United States government to work with governments and other institutions in those regions to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and incomes for smallholder farmers. The report was developed and endorsed by a bipartisan group of national leaders with experience and expertise on food and agriculture, development, foreign policy, and international organizations.

Event Materials

Report: American Leadership in the Fight Against Global Hunger and Poverty: The Chicago Initiative on Global Agricultural [pdf, 5.3 MB, 230 pp.]
Issued by an Independent Leaders Group on Global Agricultural Development

Global Agricultural Development Independent Leaders Group: Report Signatories

Catherine A. Bertini (cochair), former executive director, UN World Food Programme

Dan Glickman (cochair), former secretary of Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture

Carol Bellamy, former executive director, United Nations Children's Fund

Doug Bereuter, president and CEO, Asia Foundation

Eva M. Clayton, former assistant director general, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations

Tony P. Hall, former ambassador, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations; former US representative, Ohio

M. Peter McPherson, president, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges; former administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Phyllis E. Oakley, former assistant secretary of state, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Department of State

Thomas R. Pickering¸ former under secretary of state, Political Affairs, US Department of State

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, former director general, International Food Policy Research Institute

Pedro A. Sanchez, director of Tropical Agriculture, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Robert L. Thompson, former director of Rural Development, World Bank Group; former assistant secretary for Economics, US Department of Agriculture

Richard S. Williamson, US special envoy to Sudan, US Department of State; former assistant secretary of state, International Organizations, US Department of State