More U.S. Support For Domestic, Foreign Universities Would Help Produce Agricultural Leaders, Improve Food Security
The Hill: Achieve global food security by investing in universities
Former Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.), president of the Lugar Center; Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and Dan Glickman, co-chair of the Global Agricultural Development Initiative at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
“…As Congress considers authorizing a global food security strategy, with the Obama administration’s ambitious whole-of-government Feed the Future as its centerpiece, building capacity must be at the forefront of the debate. One of the most essential ways to do this is to strengthen a country’s higher education system … Without restructured higher education institutions to produce well-trained in-country agricultural specialists, U.S. development assistance to the same countries will be required in perpetuity. … Congress should play a leading role in authorizing U.S. food security programs in a way that better integrates the role of U.S. and foreign universities…” (3/24).