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Partnership to cut hunger and poverty in Africa: November 2007 Newsletter
Research-Based Advocacy for African Agricultural Development
November 2007
Partnership to cut hunger and poverty in Africa


Policy/outreach:

  • Liberian President Johnson-Sirleaf, WB President Zoellick, COMESA SG Mwencha, SACAU President Ajay Vashee spoke on African agriculture at a special WB-Partnership panel to launch new World Development Report: Agriculture for Development, Oct. 19
  • Partnership & African delegation to the World Food Prize, Des Moines, Oct 15-19
  • Partnership co-sponsors “Building Capacity for Growth in Africa” Forum Oct. 23 in Washington
  • Partnership Founding Co-Chair and Board Chairman Peter McPherson speaks at the IFPRI 2020 Conference, “Taking Action for the World’s Poor and Hungry” Oct. 17 in Beijing
  • Exec. Dir. Julie Howard speaks at Cordell Hull Institute meeting on U.S. Agriculture, the Doha Round and the U.S. Farm Bill Oct. 26 and at Syngenta North American headquarters, North Carolina, Oct. 29
  • Senior Fellow Daniel Karanja speaks at World Bank/Constituency for Africa Roundtable on Agriculture, part of Congressional Black Caucus Week, Sept. 27.
Infrastructure:

  • New Partnership report, “Beating Africa’s Poverty by Investing in Africa’s Infrastructure” released Oct. 19 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center
  • Partnership Exec. Dir. Julie Howard, Senior Fellow Michael Taylor and Ann Tutwiler of Hewlett Foundation meet with African Development Bank officials in Tunis, Sept. 13-14.
Ag Markets and trade:

  • WG hosts Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network leader Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda and Kampala coffee entrepreneur Michael Kijjambu at “Africa Open for Agribusiness” informal lunch seminar, Oct 22
  • Joint Working Group meeting with Ag Markets and Trade WG, Nov. 7.
Capacity building for science & technology:

  • Partnership Vice-Chair Earl Kellogg leads NASULGC, Partnership, FARA, other US/African partners in planning Africa-US Higher Education Collaboration Initiative
  • Earl Kellogg, Monty Jones, Ambassador Ndilowe of Malawi speak at NASULGC Annual Meetings, NYC, November 11-13 and lead panel discussion focusing on new developments in Africa related to science and technology for agriculture at the World Food Prize Symposium, Des Moines, IA Oct. 19
Relief to development:

  • WG hosts special luncheon discussion seminar, “The Role of Nutrition in Food Aid and HIV/AIDS Programs” with GWU’s Ashleigh Black, Ina Schoenberg of Save the Children, and Nina Schlossman of Global Food and Nutrition, Sept. 26.
Card:

  • Several African ambassadors met with leading Senate staff on September 19 to discuss their concerns about the impacts of U.S. farm policies on African economies.
Secretariat:

  • Board of Directors met Sept. 5, chaired by Peter McPherson. Vice Chairs are Earl Kellogg and Amb. A. Diop of Mali. Emmy Simmons named new Advisory Council chair
  • Karanja appointed Board Member Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, Iowa
  • Welcome to Partnership 2007 Fall Interns Priyanka Vakkalanka and Erere Ojakovo
  • Annual membership fees are due by December 31, 2007.
Coming up:

  • Advisory Council (closed session) meeting on Wed., November 14, from 10:30-1:30 at the Partnership
  • Quarterly Discussion Forum (open to all partners), “Time for a New Approach to Aid for Trade in Africa?” Wed., Nov. 14, 2-4 PM at the Partnership
  • Dr. Richard Mkandawire, Agriculture Adviser, NEPAD will provide an update on CAADP at NASULGC, 1307 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. from 3-5 PM on Tuesday, November 20 (open to all partners).
Thank you:

  • Our thanks to the Dept. of State, USDA, Pioneer Hi-Bred, and the World Food Prize Foundation for supporting the Partnership, CARD, and Dr. Sibanda and Mr. Kijjambu’s participation in the World Food Prize Symposium. Thanks also to Partnership founding co-chair Cong. Lee Hamilton, President of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Int’l Scholars, for hosting the recent launch of the new Partnership report on infrastructure. We appreciate recent membership contributions from Counterpart International and Bob Berg. We are also grateful to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for providing institutional support and specific funding for our work on food aid and infrastructure development.

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