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Obama Calls for More Food Aid to Africa to Ease Threats

May 18, 2012

President Barack Obama today called for a new phase of African food aid focused on private-sector development to ease threats to global security posed by scarce nutrition.

Obama announced new investments in African agriculture in a speech in Washington in conjunction with this weekend’s summit of leaders from the Group of Eight nations. Reducing hunger around the world is a “moral imperative” as well as a necessary component for global security, he said.

Reducing hunger must be “at the forefront of global development,” Obama said. The U.S. and other wealthy nations must support “broad-based, inclusive growth that actually helps nations lift people out of poverty.”

The initiative is aimed at boosting global food production as rising wealth in Asia drives consumption and the planet adds 2 billion people by 2050.

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