Commercial Director, Steven Broadbent, formed part of the esteemed delegation who visited Washington DC on a UK Trade & Industry (UKTI) Agriculture and Food Security Trade Mission, 02-05th March 2015.
The mission’s aim was to boost British exports and expertise in the sector through the formation and development of relationships with US organisations, companies and contractors. The delegation visited the offices of several multi-lateral organisations including: World Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank and USAID.
The Rotunda at the British Embassy served as the venue for a large evening networking event with representatives from a broad cross-section of public, private and academic institutions in attendance.
A lively ‘thought leadership’ dinner was hosted by the UK’s Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Washington, Patrick Davies OBE, where senior representatives from WFP, FAO, Global Harvest and others discussed the challenges that face the sector and how to overcome them with members of the UKTI delegation.
Steven Broadbent commented: “We had a thoroughly interesting discussion which tackled areas as diverse as the nexus between Agriculture and Nutrition, the compilation of relevant, timely data and statistics and even the challenge across the globe; for developed and developing nations, of how to best equip their young people the necessary culinary skills to optimise the use of the fresh produce available.
It continues to be evident that the EDI group are well positioned to support much of the work required in the sector and our portfolio of experience, expertise and innovative tools can be easily deployed to the benefit of individuals and communities. Everything we do is centred upon generating the most accurate, robust evidence base possible and this means deploying to field ourselves or supporting others globally to do so, in order to talk to individuals and communities who live through food security challenges daily.
As a delegation we were positive and optimistic for the future. This week has shown us, at first hand, how public, private and academic organisations are coming together to deliver solutions to agriculture and food security problems that will lead to real impacts globally. British-based organisations have a vital role to play and can have a real impact on the speed and direction of the solutions into the future.”