The Aspen Institute Launches Food Security Strategy Group

          The Aspen Institute Launches Food Security Strategy Group

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013

Global leaders across sectors convene to tackle long-term food security

WASHINGTON, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  On June 15-17 in
Marrakech, Morocco, nearly 40 preeminent thought-leaders on hunger, global
food markets, climate change, and population convened for the launch of a new
Food Security Strategy Group at the Aspen Institute.


This Strategy Group was launched in parallel to the annual Aspen Ideas
Festival, a gathering of some of the most interesting thinkers and leaders
from around the world to discuss their work, the issues that inspire them, and
their ideas (in partnership with The Atlantic). A major focus within the
festival is on the social, economic, cultural political, and geopolitical
aspects of the Middle East, and its role in our collective fate – a key piece
of our global food security challenge.

The newly launched Food Security Strategy Group aims to explore, at the
highest levels of leadership, the critical challenge of how we can sustainably
and equitably feed a growing world population by 2050 without exceeding the
natural resource carrying capacity of the planet.

The initiative is co-chaired by Madeleine K. Albright, former US Secretary of
State; Tom Daschle, former US Senator; Tony Elumelu, Nigerian banker and
philanthropist; Dan Glickman, former US Secretary of Agriculture; and Javier
Solana, Brookings Institution Distinguished Fellow in Foreign Policy and
President of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics.

Strategy group members—including scientists, CEOs, and economists to
non-governmental organization executives and policymakers, all leaders in
their fields—will be coordinating collaboration across sectors to address the
growing challenge of long-term global food security.

The Aspen Institute identified an urgent need for this type of group after
evaluating current food security work being done at a global level. To date,
initiatives have focused on food aid, national policy, public-private
partnership incubation, regional solutions, or multilateral policymaking.
However, there remains a distinct need for both governments and corporations
to understand the extent to which food security will be threatened in the
coming decades by climate change, population growth and movement, and
geopolitics, and what governments and companies can do to avert food
insecurity crises. This group grew out of a perceived need for greater
cross-sectoral alignment and bringing leaders out from their silos to plan
long-term food security strategies.

The second of three convenings will occur this November, to build on the
understandings established in the first convening and begin moving
recommendations into action. The dialogue is a rigorous two-year undertaking.
The Strategy Group is comprised of members whose knowledge, prominence, and
affiliations will give weight and draw attention to the group's findings and

The Strategy Group's efforts are supported by a unique collaboration within
the Aspen Institute of three different departmental areas: the Institute's
Energy and Environment, Global Health and Development, and Middle East
Programs. Partial underwriting of the Food Security Strategy Group includes
Bunge Ltd., The OCP Group, DuPont, and Land O' Lakes.

Learn more about the Food Security Strategy group at

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in
Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values
and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The
Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland's
Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an
international network of partners. For more information, visit

SOURCE The Aspen Institute

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