Thursday, August 06, 2009

Clinton in sub-Saharan Africa to Address Food Security

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledges, "The issue of chronic hunger and food security is at the top of the agenda that we're pursuing here in the State Department and in the Obama administration." This week, Clinton will visit seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including attending the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Kenya.

The U.S. recognizes the importance of solving poverty by starting at the source. In President Obama’s speech in Ghana, he pledged $3.5 billion to improve African agriculture. Clinton promises to continue improving food security standards to supplement the agricultural program: "Attacking hunger at its roots directly impacts whether we meet our other foreign policy goals, from achieving economic recovery to stabilizing fragile societies, creating stronger partnerships, cleaning up our planet, and creating economic opportunity." By assuring food security in impoverished countries, the U.S. can profit from benefits allowed by strong relationships with more nations.
--Jessica Milstead