The Obameter

Launch an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)

"In order to increase the incomes of subsistence producers, decrease the pressure on shrinking arable lands, and minimize the vulnerability of commodity exports to global price shocks, an Obama administration will launch the AVTA Initiative. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to spurring research and innovation aimed at bringing about a Green Revolution for Africa, by partnering with land grant institutions, private philanthropies and business to support agricultural processing through increased investment in research and development for improved seeds,
irrigation methods, and affordable and safe fertilizers."


Obama has dropped the acronym, but the goals remain the same

You may never have heard of the Add Value to Agriculture Initiative, but on the campaign trail Barack Obama said that the program would do a lot to help farmers in impoverished countries.
Flash forward to December 2009, and the AVTA is nowhere to be found.
But that's not to say the Obama administration hasn't been working toward the same goals outlined on the campaign trail.
For instance, during a meeting of the Group of 8 last summer, Obama pledged $20 billion to combat global hunger. About $3.5 billion over the next three years will be used to invest in agricultural development and nutrition in the poorest countries, according to the White House.
That commitment is part of a larger strategy to work with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations and voluntary organizations to improve agricultural research, food safety and nutrition, according to the White House.

And on Oct. 8, 2009, the USDA launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery in the agricultural sciences, and to speed the application of these discoveries to the global food crisis.
So, the White House says Obama has ditched the AVTA acronym, but is pursuing the same goals for improving world hunger that he spoke about on the campaign trail. As a result, we give him a Promise Kept.


The White House, Food Security: Investing in Agriculture Development to Reduce Hunger and Poverty , accessed Dec. 14, 2009

Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative: Consultation Document , accessed Dec. 14, 2009