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Chicago Council releases ag development report

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today released a report on U.S. leadership in global agriculture development. It was written by former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and former United Nations World Food Program Executive Director Catherine Bertini, who chair the council’s global agricultural development initiative.

The report said U.S. leadership on agriculture has improved during the Obama administration, but still rated only a B minus score compared with the efforts that are needed to increase agricultural production in sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The council also released a report on leveraging private sector investment in developing country food systems, written by Charlotte Hebebrand of the International Food and Agriculture Trade Policy Council, and a timeline of agricultural developments at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The initiative is funded primarily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.