Obama backs $3 billion private sector pledge to feed Africa’s starving populations, agriculture

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Obama backs $3 billion private sector pledge to feed Africa’s starving populations, agricultureObama backs $3 billion private sector pledge to feed Africa’s starving populations, agriculture

Special to USAfricaonline.com and USAfrica, Houston

U.S President Barack Obama has announced a $3 billion private sector pledge to boost agriculture and help feed parts of Africa’s  populations. He said emphatically at the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington DC that the U.S. has a “moral obligation to lead the fight.”

Obama added that “When tens of thousands of children die from the agony of starvation, as in Somalia, that sends us a message we still got a lot of work to do.  It’s unacceptable.  It’s an outrage.  It’s an affront to who we are.”

Obama whose father hailed from the African country of Kenya made the case for government’s support for a private sector led effort, underscoring the point that for him:  “As president, I can assure you that the United States will continue to meet our responsibilities so that even in these tough fiscal times, we will continue to make historic investments in development.”

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