Convened annually by the Global Food and Agricultural Program of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the symposium on global agriculture and food security provides a platform for discussion about the US government and international community’s progress on addressing the problem of food insecurity.


Since 2013, the Global Food Security Symposium Next Generation Delegation program has provided an opportunity for promising students to engage in symposium discussions and to interact with business and policy leaders, civil society, and social entrepreneurs working on agriculture, food, and nutrition issues. With its focus on pathways to opportunity for the next generation, the symposium will offer key insights on how to leverage past successes, and invigorate future efforts amidst an evolving global landscape.

In honor of our 10th year of programming, we are inviting past Next Generation Delegates back to the 2020 symposium to share their experiences and current work. As such, we will not be accepting a new cohort of delegates this year.  



From Scarcity to Security

Water is a vital resource that is becoming increasingly stressed, which threatens to undermine the progress that has been made on global food and nutrition security and resiliency. The 2019 symposium focused on the potential economic, political, and humanitarian consequences of water scarcity and solutions to ensure access to clean water for all.


Youth for Growth

By 2050, Africa’s population will double, with 1 billion projected to be under 18 years old, and many others regions are experiencing similar trends. How can we harness the potential of this promising demographic to secure economic growth and stability? The 2018 symposium showcased how global leaders, innovators, disruptors, and trailblazers are shaping the future of food and agriculture. 


Stability in the 21st Century

Top visionaries from every sector gathered at the 2017 symposium to generate productive dialogue and actions necessary to ensure strides in global food security and agricultural development. The Council also released its recommendations in a report on how US efforts to fight food insecurity around the world can provide increased security and economic vitality at home.



Climate change is real and the effects are real...Africa has contributed the least to the warming of the planet..but is suffering the most extreme effects of climate change.

John Dramani Mahama

Former President, Republic of Ghana