Report Recommends US Action to Advance Global Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

Report Recommends US Action to Advance Global Food Security in the Face of  Climate Change  Report to Be Released at Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium on May 22  CHICAGO, IL  -- (Marketwired) -- 05/12/14 --  The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will release a new study recommending ways the United States can advance global food security in the face of climate change at a full-day symposium on May 22 in Washington, DC. The report puts forward a strategic plan for how the US government can leverage its research institutions, deploy development and trade tools, and engage with businesses to ensure there is enough nutritious food available globally. Advance embargoed copies of the report are available upon request.  The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that climate change could decrease food production by 2 percent each decade for the rest of this century. With population expected to grow to 9 billion people by 2050, without urgent action climate change may make it impossible for food production to keep pace with demand.   This event will be streamed live at Follow @GlobalAgDev, @ChicagoCouncil, and #GlobalAg for updates.  Who:    Symposium Co-chairs Douglas Bereuter, President Emeritus, The Asia Foundation  Dan Glickman, Former Secretary, US Department of Agriculture   Confirmed Keynote Speakers The Honorable Susan E. Rice, US National Security Advisor The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture  The Honorable Rajiv Shah, Administrator, US Agency for International Development Pamela K. Anderson, Director, Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation John F. Ginascol, Vice President, Supply Chain, Abbott Nutrition   Download the full symposium agenda (PDF)  What:    Global Food Security Symposium 2014 Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change  When:    Thursday, May 22, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *Press check-in 7:30 a.m. **Media RSVP Required.** Advance RSVP required by 5:00 p.m. on May 21. RSVP to Samantha Skinner or 312-821-7507. If you are interested in bringing a camera, please let Samantha know.  Where:    Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, W ashington, DC 20004  Foundation Support:    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  Lead Sponsor:    Abbott  Sponsors:    DuPont, Monsanto Company, The Good Growth Plan, Cargill, Land O'Lakes, Inc., Novus International, Inc.  Partners:    AGree, Agriculture for Impact, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bread for the World, CARE, Farm Foundation, Farming First, Global Harvest Initiative, International Food Policy Research Institute, InterAction, Planet Forward, Supporters of Agricultural Research, The World Food Prize Foundation, and World Wildlife Fund   About the Global Food Security Symposium The Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium has been convened annually since 2010 to identify opportunities for US leadership in alleviating hunger and poverty through agricultural development. The 2012 symposium served as the platform of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition and featured President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bono, heads of state from Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, and Benin, and numerous business leaders.   About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public -- and influencing the public discourse -- on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers, and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security, and global immigration. Learn more at and follow @ChicagoCouncil for updates.  The following files are available for download:      --  PDF     CONTACT:  Samantha Skinner 312.821.7507 Direct    
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