Over the next few years, we have a unique opportunity to further strengthen US agriculture and transform US agricultural development programs overseas to help foster growing markets and build more stable and secure nations. The 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization presents an opportunity to reposition US agriculture for the 21st century and deploy the tools needed to strengthen inadequate food systems.
With a longstanding relationship with US agriculture and rural America, the Farm Journal Foundation (FJF) invited renowned experts to suggest approaches to enhance the programs and other tools that policymakers will need to generate better outcomes for US investments in agriculture and global food security. Since FJF started in 2010, it has sought to bring the expertise of US agriculture to the national policy table, providing a platform for diverse stakeholders across the US agricultural system to contribute their knowledge and ideas to feed a growing global population.
Third Paper: Agricultural Research
Revitalizing Agricultural Research and Development to Sustain US Competitiveness
About the authors:
Philip G. Pardey is a professor and Jason M. Beddow an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota, and both are affiliated with the University’s International Science and Technology Practice and Policy (InSTePP) Center.
Second Paper: Agricultural Trade Technical Assistance
Leveraging US Technical Assistance for Improved Development Outcomes
About the Authors:
Ammad Bahalim is currently with the Gates Foundation. He has worked extensively with governments, experts and civil society in trade negotiation processes to identify effective and actionable policies in multilateral and bilateral contexts. Dr. Joseph Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014.
First Paper: Institutional and Human Capacity Building
Enhancing U.S. Efforts to Develop Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in Africa
About the Authors:
Thomas Jayne is University Foundation Professor at Michigan State University; Chance Kabaghe is Executive Director of the Zambian Association of Manufacturers, board chair of the Zambian Agricultural Commodity Exchange, and former Deputy Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Zambia. Isaac Minde is Professor, MSU and Deputy Director of the Innovative Agricultural Research Initiative (iAGRI), based in Morogoro, Tanzania. The authors thank Stephanie Mercier, Ashleigh Black, Rose Barbuto, Greg Traxler, Steven Were Omamo, David Kraybill, Mary Marchant, Julie Howard, Duncan Boughton, Eric Crawford, and Johanna Tuttle for comments.