The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens
Navigation
Agricultural development

Kirk: WTO not meeting needs of emerging nations

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said at the opening plenary session of the World Trade Organization ministers’ meeting in Geneva today that member countries should “celebrate” the organization’s long-term significance, but also understand that the Doha round is not working because growing developing countries are not acknowledging their responsibilities. Read More...

Swedish firm seeks interest in urban greenhouse plan

Should food be grown in large spherical greenhouses near the center of cities rather than shipped around the world? Read More...

Chicago Council issues ag development statement

A bipartisan group of policy leaders organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs today called on the U.S. Congress to maintain U.S. leadership in global agricultural development. Read More...

G20 Summit ends without strong commodity market reform

CANNES, France — Leaders of the G20 countries ended their meeting in this Mediterranean resort city today by endorsing an end to tariffs and restrictions on food purchased for humanitarian purposes and backing a food reserve pilot project in West Africa. Read More...

G20 leaders learn of drop in food price index

CANNES, France — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Thursday that its food price index had dropped to an 11-month low in October, an announcement that was good news for people in developing countries in the short run, but also reduced the pressure on leaders attending the G20 meeting here to take much action on long-term agricultural development. Read More...

UN Human Development Report notes soil, forest declines

The United Nations released its 2011 human development report this week, analyzing sustainability and equity in 187 countries. Read More...

G20: Economy may overshadow food security, ag agenda

CANNES, France — President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in this seaside resort on the Mediterranean within a few hours to join other leaders of the G20 countries for their annual meeting. Read More...

Gates working with Brazil on African, Asian ag development

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Tuesday that it is broadening its commitment to agricultural development in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by signing a memorandum of understanding with a Brazilian government agency and providing a $2.5 million grant to the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace, developed by the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) to promote development in Africa through agricultural innovation. Read More...

Clinton: 'Feed the Future' working; Chicago Council brief questions funding

In a World Food Day statement issued Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Obama administration’s “Feed the Future” initiative is improving access to and availability of food in developing countries. But the Chicago Council on Global Affairs has published an issue brief that says the program’s record is “mixed” and endangered by budget constraints. Read More...

'Endless Appetites' explores market connection to global food production

NEW YORK — Have you wondered how the free trade agreements, the World Food Prize, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s derivatives regulations, and the famine in the Horn of Africa all add up to one global agricultural system … or don’t add up? The answers may be found in the new book Endless Appetites: How the Commodities Casino Creates Hunger and Unrest by Alan Bjerga, the Bloomberg News agriculture reporter in Washington. Read More...

McKenna named to head 'Feed the Future' at USAID

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah announced today that Tjada McKenna will head the agency’s “Feed the Future” program and that Julie Howard, who has been heading that effort, will become the chief scientist for the Bureau of Food Security, the USAID division in which the program is located, and his senior adviser on agricultural research, extension and education. Read More...

Report: Ag training for girls could increase productivity in developing countries

The United States and other donor countries could increase agricultural production in developing countries by providing more services to adolescent girls, according to a report released today the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Read More...

Dan Glickman: Former Agriculture secretary urges less defensive, more inclusive approach to policy

Farmers and other agricultural leaders will have to get used to consumers, doctors and other activists becoming involved in agricultural policy, former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said in an interview with The Hagstrom Report. Read More...

Oxfam launches global GROW campaign for food justice

Oxfam, the international charity that played a big role in convincing the World Trade Organization to take up the issues of West African cotton growers in the Doha round, today launched a new global campaign to achieve "food justice in a resource-constrained world." Read More...

AGRA and USDA commit to helping small African farmers

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Agriculture Department today signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to explore ways to help smallholder farmers in Africa through coordinated research, exchanges, training and development activities. Read More...

Vilsack defends biofuels to Chicago Council

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told a gathering of international agricultural development activists Tuesday that U.S. biofuels should not blamed for most of the increases in food prices in recent years. Read More...

Global food aid advocates plead against funding cuts

The gulf between the need for global food security programs and fiscal reality came into stark contrast in Washington today as Obama administration officials and Microsoft founder Bill Gates called on Congress to spend more money on international agricultural development, while the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee cut funding for international food aid and congressional Democrats warned of more cuts to come. Read More...

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. Read More...

Oxfam, ActionAid blast aid inaction in wake of G8 accountability report

The United States is doing better than most countries in meeting the commitments it made during the 2008-2009 food security crisis to provide development aid, but all need to do more, two key development groups said after an official accountability report on the pledges was released. Read More...

Child nutritionists push accord for school meals in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya — Gene White, a former director of child nutrition for California, and Namanga Ngongi, president of a Gates Foundation agriculture development effort here, come from very different worlds, but they have a dream in common: that every child in Africa will be offered a school lunch and that as much of the food as possible will be produced by local farmers. Read More...

Clinton seeks world food support; Oxfam chides lack of aid

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today asked the world to join the United States in addressing rising food prices and long-term agricultural development in the Third World, but Oxfam, the international charity, said the Obama administration has not lived up to commitments it has made for global food security. Read More...

USAID opens centers to help Haitian farmers

The U.S. Agency for International Development has opened eight agricultural development centers in Haiti, USAID announced. Read More...

International food aid conference scheduled

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Agriculture Department have announced that this year’s International Food Aid & Development Conference will be held June 27 to 29 in Kansas City. Read More...

'Feed the Future' not competition, Vilsack and Clinton say

CRYSTAL CITY, Va. — American farmers do not need to be worried that the Obama administration’s efforts to improve agriculture in poor countries will lead to more competition, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and former President Bill Clinton said today. Read More...

Foreign Ag Service names new general sales manager

USDA Foreign Agriculture Service Administrator John Brewer today named Suzanne Heinen, a career FAS officer, as general sales manager and associate administrator of the agency, and said that Janet Nuzum, a politically appointed associate administrator who has been the general sales manager would shift her duties to associate administrator for policy. Read More...

Shah promises evaluation of ‘Feed the Future’

Is President Obama’s “Feed the Future” program to encourage agricultural development in poor countries working? Lawmakers and taxpayers should be able to get answers within a month, according to a scenario laid out last week by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Read More...

Obama's USDA: Interview with Agriculture Secretary Vilsack

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said despite the Democrats’ losses in rural America in the 2010 congressional elections, he believes President Obama will do well when he runs for re-election in 2012. Even though the president is criticized by both organic and conventional farmers for not favoring one approach to agriculture, Vilsack said farmers will recognize that the Obama administration’s attempt to aid all types of agricultural production is the best way to proceed. Vilsack also said he still enjoys his job and has no plans to leave. Read More...