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May 16, 2012—On the eve of the 2012 G8 Summit, President Barack Obama will give the keynote address at the Third Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security on May 18, 2012 in Washington, DC.
The President will be joined by African Leaders, business leaders, international organizations, and leading civil society participants who will discuss innovative and practical ways to advance food security and agricultural development in Africa, which has been a priority for the Administration for the last three years. The President’s remarks are expected to highlight the G-8’s efforts to promote food security, improve nutrition and alleviate poverty.
Sessions will identify ways business, civil society, and international organizations can complement and amplify G8 action on agricultural research and innovation, markets and trade, and nutrition.
Hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, the Symposium is expected to feature announcements of significant new business commitments for African agriculture and discussions on addressing hunger and poverty in the changing development landscape.
The Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security provides a nonpartisan and independent platform to discuss international community progress on addressing the problem of food insecurity. Previous symposia have been cosponsored and supported by over a dozen organizations and attended by 500 participants. Previous Keynote speakers include Bill Gates, cochair, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president, Liberia; Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack; and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah.
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