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Iowa State Administrator Among Experts to Discuss Africa’s Agricultural Development
July 23rd, 2010
AMES, Iowa – An associate dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State will join experts from the World Bank, Harvard University, the U.S. Agency for International Development and other organizations in a panel discussion on Africa’s agricultural development in Washington, D.C. next week.
David Acker, associate dean for academic and global programs, will offer remarks on building capacity through human and institutional partnerships to improve African agriculture at the July 27th event.
“Iowa State’s work in Africa has always been pursued in partnership with committed African institutions and individuals” said Acker. “Investments to support sustainable agricultural development are essential to achieving food security.”
The event, “Accelerating Africa's Agricultural Development: Leveraging Knowledge, Innovation and Resources through Collaboration,” is hosted by the Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora.
The Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora is a new organization that works to improve Africa’s human and institutional capacity for food security and agricultural development. The organization is funded through a grant received by Iowa State University from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.