In Person

A Call for a Strategic U.S. Approach to the Global Food Crisis

In May 2008, in response to the growing global food crisis, CSIS launched a Task Force to assess the rising humanitarian, security, developmental and market impacts of rising food costs and shortages.

The resulting report argues for modernizing and doubling emergency assistance, elevating rural development and agricultural productivity to be new foreign policy priorities, revising the U.S. approach to biofuels so that fuel and food security objectives are effectively deconflicted, acting on an urgent basis to conclude the Doha Development Round, and creating a strategic U.S. approach to global food security that interlinks approaches to relief, development, energy and trade and that is backed by new robust organizational capacities.


Introduction to Event through Senator Speeches:
AUDIO (streaming mp3, 00:38:13) | VIDEO (wmv, 00:38:13)


John J. Hamre
President and CEO, CSIS

J. Stephen Morrison
CSIS Task Force on the Global Food Crisis

Congressional Co-chairs
of the CSIS Task Force on the Global Food Crisis:

Senator Richard G. Lugar (R-IN)

Senator Robert P. Casey (D-PA)




AUDIO (mp3, 00:44:39) | VIDEO (wmv, 00:44:39) 

With Remarks from:

Henrietta Holsman Fore
Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development
and Director of United States Foreign Assistance

Josette Sheeran
Executive Director
United Nations World Food Programme

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
Former U.S. Ambassador and Vice Chairman
Hills & Company

Members of the CSIS Task Force on the Global Food Crisis  

Question Reponses and Closing Remarks: AUDIO(mp3, 00:07:04) | VIDEO (wmv, 00:07:04)