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May 4, 2011—Agriculture, hunger alleviation, and human development researchers are invited to take part in an on-line consultation of the federal government’s new Feed the Future (FTF) initiative May 9 to May 27 at www.globalfoodsecurityresearch.net.
Coordinated by APLU with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Board on International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), and USDA, the forum will provide researchers and other stakeholders an opportunity to consider and provide input to FTF’s research priorities as well as discuss how best to support and engage with the new initiative. To register and participate in the e-consultation, CLICK HERE!
“There is no higher priority for Africa than strengthening countries’ ability to educate their people, and no better way to do that than by building partnerships between strong U.S. institutions of higher education and committed African universities,” said Malcolm Butler, APLU vice president for international programs. “The Initiative will raise both the level of investment in these vital partnerships and the effectiveness of that investment.”
Feed the Future is an ambitious new program to reduce global hunger and alleviate poverty using a country-driven approach. It seeks to be a “whole of government” effort, marshaling the significant resources of the federal government in pursuit of progress on some of the most vexing of all human challenges. Research investments in the broad areas of productivity gains, production systems, and nutrition and food safety are emphasized in the initiative along with a framework research strategy to effectively advance the goals of reducing poverty and hunger.
Participants in the online consultation will work to define a set of ten to twenty research challenges under the FTF research strategy. Participants will develop sets of actionable research questions and projects that collectively support each challenge and the overall goal of FTF. Additionally, the consultative process will identify opportunities for coordination through innovative partnerships across institutional and disciplinary boundaries and for enhancement of the impacts of research through human and institutional capacity development. An open forum to discuss and refine the consultation outcomes will be held June 21 to 23 in Washington, D.C.
For further information on the Feed The Future e-Consultation, please visit APLU’s website.
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