Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Organizations in Rome, will arrive in the capital Dhaka on Saturday. 
Ambassador Cousin will travel within Bangladesh September 27 through September 30 visiting rural communities in Khulna, Jessore, Gopalganj and Bagerhat districts to witness how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies are working together to strengthen partnerships for food security in a country vulnerable to natural disasters, climate change, the rising cost of food, and outbreaks of Avian Influenza.   
The Ambassador will lead a group of journalists from Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, India and Bangladesh, a US embassy press statement said in Dhaka on Thursday. 
“Together they will meet with farmers, community representatives, government officials, students, and health professionals to discuss how humanitarian and agricultural assistance partnerships can better help local communities build sustainable livelihoods,” the statement added. 
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 19, 2009 to be U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.  She was confirmed by the Senate on August 7, 2009 and sworn in as Ambassador on August 17, 2009.  
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