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Chicago Council Blog Post Examines Agricultural Development’s Role In U.S. Foreign Aid Strategy

Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought”: 21st Century Diplomacy: Advancing U.S. Foreign Policy and Humanitarian Goals Through Agricultural Development
Zach Wehrli, an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago and intern with the Council’s Global Food and Agriculture Program, discusses agricultural development as a foreign aid strategy; explains the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), a branch of the USDA that works in partnership with USAID and the State Department; highlights examples of agricultural development initiatives; and concludes, “Development diplomacy is a vital asset in the foreign policy arsenal of the United States; if wielded effectively, it could be crucial in helping the U.S. overcome the greatest diplomatic challenges of the 21st century” (6/8).

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