Stories tagged: Feed the Future

#FillTheGap! Sowing the seeds of equal access to resources in Uganda

This is the fourth post of Farming First’s #FillTheGap campaign to highlight the gender gap facing rural women working in agriculture.

As a young woman growing up in Northern Uganda, tradition didn’t allow Nancy Adong, 26, to own land, only to farm on her husband’s family’s land and only then with his permission.

Her situation is far from uncommon, presenting an immediate disadvantage for millions of rural women, who work in agriculture in greater numbers than men.

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US Government’s Feed the Future Guide Released Today at Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security

Today, during a symposium organised by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the US government are to release details of the Obama administration’s global hunger and food security initiative.

The symposium, taking place in Washington D.C., seeks to address global food security issues, as part of The Chicago Council’s Global Agricultural Development Initiative, which aims to inform the development of US policy on agricultural development and food security by raising awareness and providing resources and policy recommendations to key policy makers and affiliated organisations.

During the symposium, Rajiv Shah, administrator for the US Agency for International Development, will present the Feed the Future Guide, which presents the implementation strategy for the US government’s global health initiative.

Other key speakers at the symposium will be Thomas Vilsack, secretary, US Department of Agriculture, Namanga Ngongi, president of the Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, amongst other senior leaders from the Obama administration, Congress, business, policy and NGO communities. The panel participants will discuss how to sustain long-term political, financial and technical support for the initiative.

A live webcast will show the early sessions of the symposium between 9.00am and 1.30pm (EDT). Picture 2