Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari to Participate in Chicago Council Symposium

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 17, 2013) – Heifer International’s President and CEO Pierre Ferrari will participate in The Chicago Council Symposium in Washington, D.C. on May 21. The one-day meeting brings together world leaders from science, business, philanthropy and development to discuss topics including future food demand. 

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO of CARE; Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, Creative Director and Cofounder of FEED;  Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development; and Tom Vilsack, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Other participating organizations include ONE, Bread for the World and InterAction. 

“Heifer’s expertise is in agricultural development, but we also apply a community development tool, our Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, in every project we do. These values, such as gender equity, full participation, sharing and caring, accountability and training and education, are the backbone of our work,” said Ferrari. 

“Today, community development is the foundation for market development, and building social capital is the highest form of helping underserved people and families help themselves.”

According to The Chicago Council’s press release, a new report will be discussed at the symposium that puts forward policy recommendations to define the next steps for U.S. global food security policy. Learn more by following @GlobalAgDev and watching live streaming video starting at 8:30 a.m. EST on May 21.

About Heifer International:
Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org, read our blog, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or call (800) 696-1918.

About The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is a prominent, independent and nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. The Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative provides support, technical assistance and innovation toward the formulation and implementation of U.S. global agricultural development policies and offers external evaluation and accountability for U.S. progress on its policy commitment. Follow @globalagdev.