ONE members attend University of Chicago event on agriculture

ONE Regional Field Director Tzviatko Chiderov reports on a recent event in Chicago

Food security has started dominating many development discussions, and for a good reason — hunger alleviation is a basic prerequisite to helping people lift themselves out of poverty and prospering in their communities, and investing in agriculture is a key means to get there.

A few weeks ago I attended the last event in the Food (In)Security series through the University of Chicago Center for International Studies, focused on governance and accountability. The two speakers were our very own Emily Alpert, senior policy manager for agriculture and food Ssecurity at ONE, and Julie Howard, chief scientist in the USAID Bureau for Food Security, which leads the implementation of Feed the Future, the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative.

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It was a very interesting talk about the international community’s responsibility in the global fight for increased food security and how investing in agriculture can be a sustainable path out of poverty for millions of people. Both Emily and Julie spoke about the G8’s role in this process, the L’Aquila commitment made three years ago and President Obama’s renewed commitment to global agriculture through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition announced at the G8 a few days earlier, and the importance of investing in country-owned agriculture plans.

Emily also spoke about ONE and the power of advocacy as a means for anyone to take effective action in support of life-saving development programs. Working together to end hunger was a theme that everyone left with. The event was attended by well-informed University of Chicago students and administrators, local ONE members, partners from the Foods Resource Bank and RESULTS, all eager to take action!