Envoy Hails Clinton's Trip to Africa, Focus On Hunger, AGOA

Private sector investment and public private partnerships essential to long term food security.

Aug 01, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's trip to Africa, where she will emphasize the need to provide lasting food security by improving the continent's agricultural sector with American help, brings a welcome message, says Sierra Leone's ambassador to the United States, Bockari Stevens.

"I don't think Africans want to beg for aid. What we want is partnerships, private-sector investment in order to empower our farmers to be able to produce themselves," Stevens told a July 29 panel discussion on food security sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

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