This morning, President Barack Obama announced $3 billion in private sector pledges in order to promote food security and reduce hunger in Africa. This announcement comes ahead of a G8 session on food security tomorrow at Camp David, which will also include leaders from Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Benin.
Food security is an increasingly urgent concern on both a national and global scale, as the world’s population is expected to swell from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050, and agricultural production will have to increase dramatically – by about 70% - in order to feed two billion more.
While President Obama’s announcement targeted food insecurity in Africa, it remains an issue at home in America as well. According to the USDA, in 2010, more than 48 million American were food insecure – that is, they were uncertain of having or unable to acquire enough food for themselves and their families.
To further the conversation about food security, Washington Post Live will be hosting a Future of Food forum on June 14. It will bring together experts and public figures to discuss strategies and innovations that will help improve American and global access to healthy and affordable food.