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University of Florida

USAID official to speak on global food security April 19 at Carleton Auditorium

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — An official with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will speak about global food security April 19 at Carleton Auditorium on the University of Florida campus.

Gregory C. Gottlieb, senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s bureau for food security, will present a speech titled “Global Food Security: Where we are and where we’re going.”

Gottlieb will highlight President Obama’s Feed the Future global hunger and food security initiative, a $3.5 billion investment meant to address the root causes of hunger and malnutrition that limits the potential of hundreds of millions of people.

“Under President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, we are more focused than ever on ‘doing development differently’ and ensuring that our agricultural development efforts have a real impact for those who need it most,” Gottlieb said.

The talk is free, open to the public and is especially pertinent for students, faculty and staff interested in agriculture, food security, international development and global health and nutrition. It begins at 6:45 p.m. in room 0100 of Carleton Auditorium.

Created through the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, USAID is the nation’s principal international development agency, devoted to easing suffering, spreading prosperity and increasing security in the developing world.

“Almost one billion people in the world currently face chronic food insecurity. Greg Gottlieb is one of the U.S. government’s leaders in the effort to confront this problem and I hope that anyone interested or involved in international agriculture, development or global conflict reduction will attend,” said Rose Koenig, a UF faculty member and event coordinator.

The Facets of Food Speaker Series addresses contemporary issues of food and agriculture. Its purpose is to expose students to speakers working in different capacities within the food system. The Facets of Food course is designed to engage students in critical thinking about their food system and introduce them to career opportunities in the private and public sectors.

For more information about USAID: www.usaid.gov. For more information about Feed the Future: www.feedthefuture.gov.

Contact: Rose Koenig, 352-273-3422, rlkoenig@ufl.edu


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