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Research & Technology: Providing “Bang for the Buck” in Global Agricultural Development

  • SVC 212-10, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

A light breakfast will be provided at 9:00 am. The event will begin at 9:30 am.

The world is facing unprecedented food security challenges. Famine conditions have threatened South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and northern Nigeria, with increasing stresses facing other countries as well. Global food insecurity recently increased for the first time in a decade, with millions in need of emergency assistance. While emergency need is clear, so is the critical need to utilize innovation to develop agriculture – especially for smallholder farmers – in order to build resilience against increasing threats of future shocks.

Please join the Alliance to End Hunger, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the Senate Hunger Caucus for an expert panel on how research and technology is already playing a role in agricultural development outcomes, and how further technological development is paving the way for better household, community, and national outcomes.

Introductory Remarks

  • Ambassador Tony Hall, Alliance to End hunger
  • Vimlendra Sharan, Director, FAO Liaison Office for North America


  • Rebecca Middleton, Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger (moderator)
  • Dr. Stephanie Schollaert Uz, Applied Sciences Manager, NASA
  • Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security, USAID
  • Bob Fries, Executive VP, Technical Learning and Application, ACDI/VOCA
  • Peter Rowan, Senior Director of Federal Affairs, Mars, Inc.