The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) has launched a programme called “Transformational Partnerships in Food Security in Africa: a Transatlantic Experts Group”. Its American, European, and African members are to identify and propose partnerships that drive positive change and lead to scalable food security programmes, based on a shared vision among public and private sector actors.
The aim of the programme is to conduct consultations and hold workshops with government officials and experts in East Africa, the United States, and Europe to formulate recommendations on transformational partnerships to increase food security in Africa on a meaningful scale. At the initial meetings in Brussels and Washington, members from think tanks, civil society, multilateral organisations and government agencies, including The World Bank, USAID, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the multinational retailer corporation Wal-Mart and the European Commission, debated the challenges and opportunities facing African food security partnerships and outlined an agenda for the coming months. A final report will be released in Stockholm in early 2012.
The GMF is a non-partisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting better understanding and co-operation between North America and Europe on transatlantic and global issues.