Education & Advocacy Committee
Chair: Susan G. Schram
• Increasing awareness of the instrumental role of agriculture in global development and its importance in the U.S foreign assistance portfolio;
• Informing policy makers, donors and institutions about effective strategies to advance agriculture and rural development in the global economy;
• Improving relationships between agriculture and rural development and other development efforts to promote a sustainable global society (e.g., natural resources, health and nutrition, child survival, HIV/AIDS, gender, democratization);
• Fostering interaction and cooperation among other organizations and private sector companies dedicated to expanding U.S. resources for international agriculture and rural development.
Education and Advocacy
AIARD coordinates its education and advocacy efforts and positions with many other like-minded groups, particularly the broad-based Coalition for Agricultural Development (CFAD). The 2014 CFAD issue paper developed by AIARD representatives and CFAD for consideration by Foreign Operations Appropriations Committees is at this link.
AIARD was also actively involved in education around issues related to the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the Farm Bill). Selected issues addressed in the Farm Bill of interest to AIARD are summarized here.
Capitol Hill Forum
The Education & Advocacy committee has also hosted a Capitol Hill Forum in alternate years. In 2011 the topic of the Forum was “Hunger Won’t Wait.”
Speakers at the March 15, 2011 Forum warned against undoing key political and financial commitments made in the aftermath of the last global food crisis. "This is the worst time to disinvest in agriculture," said IFPRI's Dr. Ousmane Badiane. "For the first time, we have the right conditions to make a difference." Information about the Forum can be found here:
Please Join Us
AIARD members interested in joining the committee should contact Susan Schram.