Ag Secretary Vilsack Discusses Global Food Security

Ag Secretary Vilsack Discusses Global Food Security

Vilsack talks about sustainability in Africa.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the Obama Administration's commitment to global food security at the African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum Wednesday. Vilsack said a comprehensive approach focused on sustainability is needed. He said efforts must be long-term because quick fixes aren't enough and should also maximize success by engaging multi-lateral institutions and processes. He says countries must address not only increasing availability of food by helping people and countries produce what they need but also make food accessible to those who need it and teach people to utilize it properly so they make the most of it.


Vilsack continued to say that investments need to be made that will create a real and sustainable difference and chart a path for success in the future. He said the strategies must deal with increasing agriculture production, and noting women produce more than half of the agricultural product in Kenya alone , he said they must give women an integral role in the effort.


Vilsack quoted President Obama in saying the true sign of success isn't whether the nations are a source of perpetual aid that helps people scrape by but whether they are partners in building the capacity for transformational change. He said transformational change will be difficult but by working together he hopes a better future can be ensured for the people of Sub-Saharan Africa and all those that face the issue of food insecurity around the world.

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