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President’s Trip to Africa Signifies Increased U.S. Commitment

Washington, DC, June 28, 2013

Bread for the World commends President Barack Obama for comments made during his trip to Senegal today, reinforcing the United States’ commitment to food security, economic growth, and investing in the next generation of leaders in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The president’s trip is the start of a vigorous increase in U.S. engagement in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Through strategic and significant meetings with leadership in various countries and the communities they serve, the United States is acknowledging the immense advances in that region and the potential for more through increased U.S. support of global health, development, and economic initiatives.”

The president embarked on his sub-Saharan visit on Wednesday, June 26. Stops include Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. President Obama said that his thoughts and prayers were with the family of ailing former South African President Nelson Mandela, and he confirmed that he still plans to travel to South Africa in coming days. The president’s message also underscored the importance of democratic institutions as a catalyst for development.

During the 2012 G8 Summit, the President Obama joined other world leaders, including African heads of state and private sector leaders, to launch the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. They pledged to lift 50 million people out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa by 2022. In just one year, Alliance countries like Tanzania are showing great progress in agricultural production and food delivery to hungry people.

“We are pleased to see President Obama take such a heartfelt stance on food security and developing the agricultural sector,” Beckmann added. “Bread for the World has long believed that ensuring access to and availability of sufficient food in the basis for strong and productive communities, economies and democracies.”

Bread for the World believes successful efforts to strengthen institutions are built upon effective coordination within national governments and the international community. This cooperation must be participatory and promote the constructive involvement of both civil society and the private sector. And it requires the willingness to make hard long-term commitments to achieve results.

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

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