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Statements Respond To Introduction Of Bipartisan ‘Food Aid Reform Act’

The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network’s (MFAN) “Modernize Aid” blog on Thursday published two statements regarding the bipartisan “Food Aid Reform Act” (H.R. 1983), introduced on Wednesday by House Foreign Affairs Chair Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Africa Subcommittee Ranking Member Karen Bass (D-Calif.). The first is a statement “delivered on behalf…

USAID, Philippines Health Department Launch Bilateral Health Program

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. this week in Manila launched a bilateral health program between USAID and the country’s Department of Health (DOH), including “13 projects, several of which will be interventions to save mothers’ lives,” GMA News reports. “According to DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, maternal mortality…

Proposed Food Aid Reform Will Help Long-Term Agricultural Goals In U.S., Abroad

“[A]s an agricultural advocate for Oxfam America, being productive means supporting sisters and brothers around the world to farm as I do and help feed their neighbors,” former farmer and rancher Jim French, agriculture advocacy lead at Oxfam America, writes in the organization’s blog. “As a member of the Farm…

GAO Reports Recommend Better Data Collection Practices For PEPFAR

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published two reports on PEPFAR. “As PEPFAR partner countries assume greater responsibility for managing their treatment programs, fully functioning monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems are critical for tracking results and ensuring treatment program effectiveness,” one report notes, according to the summary. The report…

Sustained Funding Necessary To Fight HIV/AIDS Among Women

“Mother’s Day is a celebration of life and reflects the importance of women to their families, communities and countries. However, worldwide HIV/AIDS robs women and girls of their potential and health,” Susan Blumenthal, Huffington Post’s public health editor and former assistant U.S. surgeon general, and Annie Chen, a fellow at…

President’s FY14 USAID Budget Request Created By Collaborative Effort

“With the completion of [USAID Administrator Rajiv] Shah’s final congressional hearing on the FY 2014 President’s Budget Request for USAID [.pdf], I want to highlight that this budget reflects the development priorities of this administration while making difficult tradeoffs due to the constrained budget realities,” Dennis Vega, chief of staff…

Open Agriculture Data Important To Improve Global Food Security

“The concept of open agriculture data fuses transparency and technology to improve food security worldwide; farmers, entrepreneurs, and researchers recognize the impact and potential of increasing access to information and are increasingly receiving high-level support,” Katherine Townsend, special assistant for engagement at USAID, writes in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” She describes…

Chicago Tribune Publishes Opinion Piece, Editorial Discussing Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of an editorial and an opinion piece published in the Chicago Tribune that address proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. John Kerry, Tom Vilsack, Rajiv Shah: “Through a program called Food for Peace, America’s agricultural…