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McCollum Travels to South Sudan and Tanzania to Examine U.S. Investments in Ag Development and Poverty Alleviation

February 17, 2013
Press Release


For Immediate Release:  February 17, 2013                                         
Contact:  Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149   

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) departs today for a five day trip to South Sudan and Tanzania as part of a high level delegation that includes Obama administration officials, non-profit foreign policy leaders, and business executives.  The trip is sponsored by CARE, the international development and relief organization, and is focused on food security, nutrition, and empowering women and girls living in extreme poverty through agricultural development. 

South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, gained independence in July 2011 and is struggling with significant challenges.  Armed conflict, extreme poverty, and high disease burden nearly 11 million people throughout the country.  In both South Sudan and Tanzania, the success of small scale agriculture development is critically important to improving household incomes, combating malnutrition among children, and providing economic empowerment to women and girls. 

Joining McCollum will be the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Administration Rajiv Shah, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organizations, David Lane, General Wesley Clark (Ret. four-star U.S. Army General), Ms. Liz Schrayer (Executive Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition), Mr. Mike Davis (Senior Vice President of Human Resources, General Mills, Inc.), and U.S. Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA). 

Rep. McCollum, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, is also the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Global Health Caucus. During her seven terms in Congress, McCollum has authored legislation to elevate the U.S. foreign policy commitment to global agricultural development, child survival, international family planning, the empowerment of girls through the prevention of child marriage, and reforming U.S. foreign aid.

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee.