Mara Russell Speaks at 2012 International Food Aid & Development Conference

Hosted by the United States International Agency for Development (USAID) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), this year's International Food Aid and Development Conference (IFAD) is focusing on best approaches to tackling food insecurity. "From Harvest to Basket: Weaving Together Agricultural Markets and Food Security" is running from May 7-9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

IFAD provides a forum to address policy and operational issues related to food aid and development, as well as ways to improve communication and cooperation among government, non-profit charitable and non-governmental organizations, and agricultural and transportation industry representatives. 

On Tuesday, May 8, Land O'Lakes' Practice Manager for Food Security and Livelihoods, Mara Russell, will take part in a plenary discussion on building resiliency to food insecurity. Ms. Russell will give a presentation on Land O'Lakes' approach to integrating social and economic approaches to building a foundation for food security. Key learning's from Land O'Lakes' projects in Madagascar, Zambia, Ethiopia, and many others will be featured in her presentation.

IFAD also gives participants an opportunity to network with one another and discuss food security, nutrition, public-private partnerships, sustainable school feeding, commodity management, storage, and quality control, and food aid operations, programming, collaboration, monitoring, and evaluation.

To download a copy of her presentation, click here.

For a brochure on Land O'Lakes' Food Security and Livelihoods Practice Area, click here.

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