From The Chronicle of Higher Education, 19 July, 2007: "Improving African universities with the help of their American counterparts is crucial to the continent's agricultural and economic development, but funds for such programs have been repeatedly cut over the years, M. Peter McPherson, president of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, told a Congressional subcommittee on Wednesday.
"While most U.S. foreign aid to the region has focused on short-term emergencies, improved universities could provide the research and technology necessary to foster the long-term growth of Africa's agricultural economy, said Mr. McPherson, who was testifying before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health."
The CRSP Program is heavily invested in agricultural development activities in Africa. Approximately 60% of CRSP activities worldwide are focused on African agricultural development initiatives, including human capacity development through both non-degree and degree training programs. The Congressional Testimonial on Food Security and Agricultural Development in Africa, delivered to the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health was supported by GLCRSP Director Tag Demment.