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Event Resources - USDA/USAID International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference

Date Published: 
October 7, 2016

This page houses the event agenda, speaker biographies, and list of sessions for the USDA-USAID 2016 International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference, held on October 10 and 11 of 2016 in De Moines, Iowa.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) revived the long-standing International Food Aid and Development Conference under a new name and broader focus: the USDA-USAID 2016 International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference.

The new conference was held in Des Moines, Iowa on October 10-11, 2016 on the margins of the World Food Prize. This event took a fresh approach to learning by building upon two distinct themes, one per day.

The theme for Day One was “Food Assistance in the Fight Against Extreme Poverty" and the theme for Day Two was “Working Together to Address Issues That Transcend Borders.”

Speakers included:

  • Alexis Taylor, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA
  • Dr. Beth Dunford, Assistant to the Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau for Food Security, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future
  • Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education, USAID
  • Dr. Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist, USAID Bureau for Food Security
  • Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, Director General, Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)
  • Dr. Andy Jarvis, Director of Decision and Policy Analysis, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • Dr. Howarth Bouis, Program Director, HarvestPlus
  • Carolyn Hart, Director, SPRING Project
  • Dr. Patrick Webb, Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Dr. Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Professor, Yale School of Public Health