Jan. 5, 2010
Ambassador Cousin gives Capitol Hill briefing on “The Role of the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Combating Global Hunger.”
The Alliance to End Hunger hosted an inter-active briefing which attracted a diverse audience of Congressional staffers, nongovernmental organization representatives, international organization representatives, and academicians. Ambassador Cousin reviewed U.S. strategy to achieve Millennium Development Goals, and highlighted her work with the major international food and agricultural organizations in Rome: the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Food Program (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). Having recently traveled to Ethiopia and Tanzania, she relayed her observations of effective coordinated efforts in the field. A dialogue followed addressing ways in which the U.S. Government could support civil society efforts, ongoing reform efforts with the UN agencies, and legal and regulatory issues confronting small holder farmers.