Leading up to the G8 Summit, Bono, the cofounder of ONE and (RED), attended the Chicago Council’s 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security on May 18th. The high-level event included remarks from President Barack Obama, AU President Yayi Boni of Benin, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, among many other global leaders who addressed G8 efforts on food security and the benefits of private sector investment in agriculture in Africa. The following remarks were excerpted from Bono’s remarks at the event:
“As we approach 9 billion, resource scarcity will be a recurring theme and risk factor. These agendas—of food, land, water, timber, fisheries, energy, renewable and otherwise—these are actually the same agenda. And that’s the key thing I want to leave you with this morning.
“What President Obama has announced today… is a sign of what the G8 and G20 in six weeks’ time can achieve. This can be a one-two punch on a resource agenda to make this a very memorable year.”
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