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LEADERSHIP

Dedicated to driving impactful thought leadership around the connection of agriculture to achieving global food security, Farm Journal Foundation commissioned and released three peer-reviewed policy papers over the last three years. 

 

ABOUT

Dedicated to driving impactful thought leadership around the connection of agriculture to achieving global food security, Farm Journal Foundation commissioned and released three peer-reviewed policy papers over the last three years. 

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HOW IT WORKS.

When digested as a whole, the papers facilitate a conversation on how U.S. agriculture can showcase its leadership while sharing its knowledge and tools with farmers in developing countries to help drive global economic growth, and in the process, create new opportunities for U.S. products. Following the release of these papers, the Foundation was the only nonprofit organization invited to testify before the House of Representatives on the subject of agricultural research and development, leading to the enactment of eight provisions in the 2018 farm bill.

WHO

Global experts 
academics 
NEG leaders
Think tanks 
private industry

WHAT

Top global minds bringing solutions to key contemporary issues for food security, nutrition, agricultural research and development, and conservation

HOW

Congressional Testimony 
Congressional member and committee briefings 
Peer reviewed papers

IMPACT

Systematic policy change, education, and capacity building for policymakers, staff, and committees

The Foundation was the only nonprofit organization invited to testify before the House of Representatives on the subject of agricultural research and development, leading to the enactment of eight provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Agricultural Research
Development

Revitalizing Agricultural Research and Development to Sustain U.S. Competitiveness

Innovations generated by agricultural research and development have enabled U.S. farmers to produce enough food to feed the people of the U.S. and millions of others around the world utilizing less natural resources than ever before. Agricultural productivity has increased markedly with aggregate agricultural output increasing by 268 percent from 1949 to 2007. Clearly, research and development are essential for achieving sustainable improvements in productivity and preserving the environmental conditions affected by agriculture, such as air and water quality and water use. Unfortunately, the rapid productivity growth of the U.S. agricultural sector over the past half-century is unlikely to continue. This paper describes the downward trends in U.S. public agricultural research and development funding and argues for a doubling of such spending over the next eight to 10 years to ensure that U.S. agriculture maintains its global competitiveness. This paper also suggests ways to better coordinate agricultural research activities both between U.S. government agencies and between U.S. and international research institutions, and proposes more precise targeting of USDA funds to those places where agricultural production actually occurs.

Human and Institutional
Capacity Building

Enhancing U.S. Efforts to Develop Sustainable Agri-food Systems in Africa

Africa is on the move. Even with rapid urbanization, Africa’s development still greatly depends on the performance of its agri-food systems, and farming remains the primary source of employment for 65% of the continent’s population. Why should U.S. citizens care? This papers makes the case that investing in Africa’s economic growth is in the United States’ national interest. U.S. exports of agricultural products to sub-Saharan Africa totaled $2.6 billion in 2013 and will grow rapidly if Africa continues to develop. By 2050, sub-Saharan Africa will contain 2.1 billion people—22 percent of the world’s population. Rapidly rising population and incomes in Africa will increase the demand for a safe, affordable, and sustainable global food supply. U.S. farmers and agribusinesses can help themselves by helping Africa to meet its rapidly growing food needs, by investing in the region’s agri-food systems, and by supporting a sustainable and efficient global food system. This policy brief describes this changed landscape, as well as the challenges and opportunities being created for developing innovative and effective new partnerships between U.S. and African institutions engaged in African agri-food systems.

Agricultural Trade & Technical Assistance 

Leveraging U.S. Technical Assistance for Improved Development Outcomes

 

The poorest and hungriest people in the world are often farmers, and countries that have substantially reduced poverty and hunger have included agricultural trade in development strategies. This paper describes the obstacles that farmers in developing countries face in accessing international markets for their products, and how greater U.S. investment in providing trade technical assistance to those countries can help instill confidence by potential participants in the international trading system. The paper recommends an increased U.S. focus on providing experienced personnel, appropriate equipment and improved coordination between U.S. government agencies involved in these activities.

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