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Food Security in South Central Asia

October 12, 2022

Program Overview

This live streamed, interactive program brings together expert speakers to discuss how the United States addresses food security from technology and entrepreneurial perspectives in South and Central Asia.

US partnership programs with foreign nations provide access to expertise and assistance in building resilience in food production systems. In addition, the Biden Administration prioritizes action on climate change to address underlying challenges to secure food supplies and create conditions for long-term solutions.

The United States is a reliable partner to those nations addressing food security for their populations. With a dynamic technology and entrepreneurial approach to food security, the U.S. seeks to create long-term partnerships and favorable conditions with partners to secure food supplies.


Moderator: Loren Hurst

Bureau of Global Public Affairs, U.S. State Department

Loren Hurst is a strategic communications professional specializing in public diplomacy, government relations, and digital communications. He specializes in the strategic use of virtual technologies to engage stakeholders, research target audiences, and build reputation management solutions. Currently, he builds interactive virtual program strategies in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Global Public Affairs where he focuses on science affairs, economics, and climate change outreach. Mr. Hurst holds degrees from the Catholic University in Leuven, Belgium, and California State University, Fullerton.

Background Resources

U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Food Security LEARN MORE

The Department of State prioritizes food security as an issue of national security. The Department leads and coordinates U.S. diplomatic engagement on food systems, food security, and nutrition in bilateral, multilateral, and regional fora, working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other departments and agencies.

USAID’S Global Food Security Response LEARN MORE

USAID is responding to the growing emergency by addressing immediate supply disruptions to fulfill humanitarian needs, and through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, investing in medium and long-term efforts to increase investments in agricultural capacity and resilience, mitigate the global fertilizer shortage, and work with partners across the world to support the most vulnerable affected communities.

Global Food Security Summit LEARN MORE

In response to the growing global food security crisis, the United States, the European Union, the African Union, and Spain co-chaired the Global Food Security Summit on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Additional co-hosts included Germany, Colombia, Nigeria, the European Commission, and Indonesia. Includes summit livestream and additional background information.