In addition, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced that 21 additional private sector companies, most of them African companies, have signed letters of intent, committing themselves to invest an additional $500 million in African agriculture.
Related: Africa Faces Food Insecurity, Slowing Development, Ministers Warn UN General Assembly A range of African ministers took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the precarious situation arising from food insecurity and the slow-down in development due to the global economic crisis.The African ministers were among scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly's General Debate, which ended on 1 October.
In this Feed the Future video, narrator Matt Damon discusses efforts to turn the tide against global hunger and increase agricultural production around the world. The video was shown at the "Feed the Future: Partnering With Civil Society" event, held in New York on September 27, 2012. Feed the Future is the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative; learn more at http://www.feedthefuture.gov. [Go to http://www.state.gov/video for more video and text transcript.]