Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank and the 2017 winner of the World Food Prize, alongside other World Food Prize laureates, have called for United States’ intervention to end global hunger by 2030.
In an open letter to US President, Mr Joe Biden, the group of 24 scientists, economists, researchers and past winners of the World Food Prize urged him to re-establish America’s global leadership to end starvation.
Describing America’s role in tackling the scourge of global hunger as foundational, Akinwumi Adesina and the group asked the US to play a leadership role in the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit and other global initiatives. They also urged Joe Biden to refresh U.S. evidenced-based policy and investments to achieve the goal of ending starvation. They added that he should expand the highly successful USAID Feed the Future Initiative and Innovation Laboratories, to reach more countries.
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“As the world staggers out of COVID-19 and into the light of 2021, we seek to illuminate our collective path towards 2030. We urge the Biden-Harris Administration to focus on the promise to Build Back Better in transforming our food systems. The United States leadership in ending global hunger is imperative and must be backed by bold actions and your personal commitment for the U.S. to engage on major global initiatives. The opportunity for renewed U.S. leadership to transform food systems has never been greater. The appetite of partners around the world to work with the U.S in both the public and private sectors is strong”, part of the letter reads.
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— Akinwumi A. Adesina (@akin_adesina) March 28, 2021