The Partnership was established in 2001 with a mission to cut hunger and poverty in Africa by promoting sustainable, Africa-led, agriculture-based economic activities in rural and urban Africa. Over the period 2000 - 2002, researchers in the AFRE/MSU Food Security Group helped provided technical support to this new initiative, which is a bipartisan coalition of U.S. and African organizations, operating to provide research based advocacy. for African agricultural development. During the startup, this initiative was co-chaired by Michigan State University President M. Peter McPherson, Mali President Alpha Oumar Konaré, Senator Robert Dole, and Lee Hamilton. President Konaré proposed national consultations and a summit of the Heads of State of Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Mozambique during 2001 to commit to poverty and hunger reduction in Africa. The Partnership's strategic framework was delivered to U.S. government leaders in the spring of 2001. The Partnership is now an ongoing activity.
Background to the Partnership's startup:
Selected Milestones in on-going Partnership and related agricultural/food security development activities:
- US Agricultural Development Assistance to Sub-Saharan Africa and The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Dr. Julie Howard. Sept 15, 2010. Presentation at Brussels Rural Development Briefings.
- Background on Food Security Initiatives Around the World (from Farming First)
- Background | Global Food Security (from FAO)
- The Partnership welcomes new President Michele McNabb and bids farewell to Julie Howard, Oct 2011.
- Midwest Summit on African Development, held at Michigan State University June 25th and 26th, 2011. Organized by Michigan State University, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, ONE, Auburn University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Wisconsin Madison.
- Partnership Special Coverage: 2012 G8 Summit & The Chicago Council Global Agriculture and Food Security Symposium
- Food Security and the G8 Summit, May 14, 2012
- The Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the Joaquim Chissano Foundation, and the John A. Kufuor Foundation: The 2012 US-Africa Forum: Farming Is A Business: Strengthening Linkages and Skills to Transform Africa’s Food Systems
- Portal of all Partnership resources.
- 2012 US-Africa Forum Summary of Proceedings: Farming Is A Business: Strengthening Linkages and Skills to Transform Africa's Food Systems
Key summary documents explaining Partnership startup activities - 2000-2002:
- "Now Is The Time: A Plan to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa." May, 2002
- Final Conference Proclamation (June 25-27, 2001)
- Partnership Brochure, June 1, 2001 edition. (Note, these Brochures were created to print double sided, in landscape, on U.S. Legal size paper, and then they could be folded into a 4-fold Brochure. The HTML Versions give the basic text. The PDF versions give the basic formatting, and can be printed single sided on your default paper size by going to the File/Print menu in Adobe and selecting "Print To Fit".)
- "The Critical Need For A New U.S. Effort To Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa." Partnership Summary Briefing Paper-February 12, 2001.
- "A Strategy For Cutting Hunger in Africa." Commissioned paper by Jerome M. Wolgin.
Historical documents informing Partnership startup activities:
- Summary of David A. Atwood Paper on " Cutting Hunger and Poverty in Half: Interest Groups and A Renewed U.S. Commitment In The Post Cold-War World."
- Full version of David A. Atwood paper: http://www.afr-sd.org/publications/cuthunger.pdf
- " Strategic Pathways to Cutting Hunger in Africa" by John Staatz. 2000.
- " African Perspectives on Progress and Challenges in Transforming Agriculture To Help Cut Hunger and Poverty" By Julie Howard, Thomas Jayne and Michael Weber, summarizing key findings from the two most recent transformation workshops and draws on (1) Staatz, John M. and Moussa Batchily Ba. 1996. Fostering Agricultural and Food System Transformation in Africa. Policy Synthesis Number 13. East Lansing: Michigan State University; and (2) Argwings-Kodhek, Gem, T.S. Jayne, and Isaac Minde. 1999. African Perspectives on Progress and Challenges in Agricultural Transformation. Policy Synthesis Number 47. East Lansing: Michigan State University.
- Poverty Reduction, Globalization and HIV/AIDS Synthesis of the USAID, Bureau for Africa Workshop for Agriculture, Environment, Private Sector and Food for Peace Officers Nairobi, Kenya, November 12-17, 2000
- Sécurité alimentaire en Afrique Sub-saharienne: Quelle Stratégie de Réalisation? Par Niama Nango Dembélé. Février 2001.
- African Development Bank/African Development Fund. Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Bank Group Policy. January 2000
- SPAAR/FARA Vision of African Agricultural Research and Development, SPAAR Secretariat. April 2000