Promise and Potential Event Launch and Panel Discussion

This event marks the launch of a new report by Oxfam America. The report, Promise and Potential: building opportunities for small-scale producers through the Feed the Future initiative outlines how Feed the Future is working to support food and livelihood security for millions of people around the world, and what must happen to sustain this effort.

Date:

March 12, 2015

9:30am-11:00am

Panelists:

The Hon. Mike Johanns, Former Senator from Nebraska

George Iranga, Head of Office, Cholima Research Center, Tanzania and former President, UWAWAKUDA Farmer Cooperative

Tjada Mckenna, Deputy Director, Feed the Future Initiative, USAID

Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America

Moderator:

Phil Brasher, Senior Editor, Agri-Pulse

Background and Event Description:

The launch of the Feed the Future initiative (FtF) in 2010 brought agriculture back to the center of the US development agenda. To better understand whether this effort will lead to lasting, positive impacts to right the wrong of hunger, Oxfam America examined FtF activities in six countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Senegal and Tanzania. The case studies examined issues of inclusiveness, empowerment, aid effectiveness, and sustainability – themes instrumental in the sustainability and impact of Feed the Future activities.

The research points to substantial, real and important improvements in the way the US government, especially the US Agency for International Development (USAID), delivers assistance. At the same time, continued efforts are needed to refine and strengthen FtF to ensure current US investments contribute to long-term improvements in food security, especially for small-scale producers.

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