Jan. 20, 2010 – MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, the Honorable Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, has accepted an appointment for a three-year term to the board of directors of IFDC, effective Jan. 1, 2010. In her position with the African Union, Tumusiime works to promote policies and strategies aimed at improving agricultural productivity and growth and enhancing rural development in Africa.

Tumusiime has served in this position since May 2008. The African Union is a pan-African, intergovernmental organization made up of 53 countries. The organization works to promote socio-economic integration of the continent and peace and unity for its people.

During an interview at the 2008 African Green Revolution Conference, Tumusiime stressed the need for a holistic approach to achieve rural development in Africa. “The Green Revolution cannot be achieved unless there is sustainable development,” Tumusiime said.

In previous positions Tumusiime served as Commissioner for Agricultural Planning and Development and Commissioner for Women and Development for the federal government of Uganda, her native country. She was instrumental in developing Uganda’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a gender mainstreaming policy that has propelled women and girls to greater heights in education and politics.

Tumusiime has been particularly involved in the implementation of the four pillars of the Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP): extending area under land and water management; improving rural infrastructure and trade capacities for market access; increasing the food supply and reducing hunger; and agricultural research, technology dissemination and adoption.

She has chaired high-level committees and working groups that deal with policy issues ranging from trade, agriculture and environment to gender and HIV/AIDS. She has also authored several publications on agricultural development, food security, poverty eradication and HIV/AIDS.

Tumusiime earned a master’s degree in economics (focusing on planning and management of rural development) from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. She received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She also studied the role of cooperatives in women’s development in Turin, Italy.

IFDC is a public international organization addressing such critical issues as international food security, the alleviation of global poverty and hunger, environmental protection and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency. Collaborative partnerships combine cutting-edge research and development with training and education, helping IFDC enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of people around the world.

IFDC is a non-profit, science-based organization meeting the integrated soil nutrient management needs associated with a sustainable global food supply. IFDC was established in 1974 in response to the twin crises of food insecurity and rising energy prices. These parallel crises threaten the world again.

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