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The US Food Security Challenge

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As Cornell University analyzed it in 1994, only two percent of the USA’s population were needed to produce food to feed over 300 million Americans using 400 million acres of cultivated US land, but that land is declining by 3 million acres per year from urbanization, salinization and waterlogging.

 

The USA exports $40 billion of food – more than any other country -- after feeding the US population, which enjoys the highest food-per-capita consumption on the planet. But as a result of declining land for cultivation, food exports will disappear by 2050 and US food prices will multiply by three to five times what they were (in 1994).

 

Consequently, it is very much in the interests of world food security that the agricultural capacity of the US is replicated where the planet has land available for food production, which is Africa.

 

Source: Cornell University “Food, Land, Population and the US Economy” 1994.  

Africa’s Food Security Challenge

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Over 20% of Africa’s 1.2 billion population is going hungry, and that number is increasing every day, because Africa’s population is growing significantly faster than its food production capacity. KSC estimates that Sudan has 200 million acres of uncultivated but arable land is available for development. The UN finds that 60% of the total uncultivated arable land remaining on the planet are in Africa. KSC is working in 7 nations of Africa. If KSC organizes farming on these subsistence-or-smallholder-only- farming lands of Africa, food production will soar. Organizing the farmers is something KSC knows how to do and has 40 years of experience doing.  

About 80% of Africa’s population is engaged in mostly inefficient smallholder or subsistence farming which is leaving many of them hungry. By applying KSC’s sustainable technology to support its smallholder farmers, Africa could reliably feed its 1.2 billion people and export food to the rest of the world. KSC’s productivity can spread to the four corners of Africa if western finance and technology are applied to the task. Currently, African agricultural investments are outpacing most other economic sectors for return on investment. 

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But lacking western institutional investment in African food production, China, the largest single investor in African agriculture to date, will wrap up what’s left of Africa’s food production capacity for itself. 

Source: UN Food & Agriculture Organization and World Food Program 

KSC’s US Task Force believes Africa and the USA should cooperate to solve the world’s food security challenge

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In October, 2017, KSC commissioned a US Task Force to make a case for African food production to the US government, the United Nations, American institutions and corporations.

 

The task force directors are:

 

Richard Nelson Swett: Former U. S. Representative (D-N.H.), former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, architect and international businessman.

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Christopher Shays: Former U.S. Representative (R-CN.) and international businessman.

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Mustafa Ismail: A Sudanese-American businessman and agricultural commodity trader from California. __

 

Michael Rowan: An international research and communications expert from New York.

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Barry Schumaker: An experienced agricultural and energy project financial analyst – an American living in Dubai.

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The task force message to US institutions is:

 

•  The USA has the most productive IT-driven agricultural technology on the planet.

•  Africa has the most uncultivated arable land on the planet.

•  KSC is the biggest and most modern agricultural firm of its kind in Africa.

• Investments in KSC-led projects have been profitable and sustainable for forty years. 

From left to right, The CEO of KSC Mr.. Abdelraouf M. Ahmed, US task force member Michael Rowan, KSC Deputy Chairman of the Board Mr. Waleed Faisal al Fuhaid, and US task force members Richard Swett, Mustafa Ismail, and Christopher Shays