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Examining Debate Over Proposed Changes To U.S. Food Aid Program

“Should the U.S. pay its farmers and ship their food overseas, the traditional plan, or should it ship money overseas and pay poorer farmers abroad, as every other major food-producing nation does?” journalist Alan Bjerga asks in a Bloomberg News analysis examining the debate over changes to the U.S. food…

Blog, Video Discuss U.S. Efforts Against Global Hunger

In a Feed the Future video published on USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” actor Matt Damon, who narrates the film, “discusses efforts to turn the tide against global hunger and increase agricultural production around the world.” The blog notes “The video was shown at the ‘Feed the Future: Partnering With Civil Society’ event…

USAID Report Examines U.S. Role In Global TB Response

“The latest report [.pdf] from [USAID] on the U.S. role in the global tuberculosis response shows that while government agencies have made important contributions to the global TB effort, significant challenges continue to stand between universal access to prevention, care and treatment, and the impoverished populations that need those interventions…

Recognizing Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Rachel Albalak, director of the CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office, and Jean Wysler Domercant, acting director of clinical services in Haiti at the CDC’s Division of Global HIV/AIDS, recognize Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, observed in the U.S. on June 8, and examine HIV/AIDS in the region in the AIDS.gov blog. “According…

U.S. Support For Global Nutrition At Nutrition For Growth Summit

“As the head of USAID — and as a parent of young children — I am privileged to show the United States’ support for global nutrition at the Nutrition for Growth event,” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog. “On June 8, I was pleased to…

Health Professionals Ask Congress Members To Continue U.S. Leadership On HIV/AIDS

On Thursday, 629 health professionals from across the United States sent a letter [.pdf] to Congressional leaders that outlines the success of PEPFAR and “warns that failure to fund PEPFAR adequately now will reverse the gains” achieved under the 10-year-old program, the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog…

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Schedules Food Aid Reform Hearing

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chair of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, “has scheduled a hearing on reforming food aid next week, setting up a bitter fight with farm state lawmakers,” The Hill’s “Global Affairs” blog reports. Last month, Royce and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) introduced legislation (.pdf) that would…

More Flexibility Needed In U.S. Food Aid System

“While far more aid is still needed in Syria and [for] the refugees in neighboring countries, the U.S. government has been able to pursue a flexible approach in the country that better responds to needs on the ground,” Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, and Raymond Offenheiser, president…

IRIN Examines Future Of PEPFAR, Concerns Over Funding

Highlighting a recent visit to Ethiopia by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. global AIDS coordinator and head of the State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy, IRIN reports on the success of PEPFAR in that country and worldwide, noting the program has supported a 20-fold increase in the number of people…

President Obama Names Susan Rice, Samantha Power To Major National Security Posts

“President Obama named Susan E. Rice and Samantha Power to major national security posts on Wednesday, promoting two outspoken voices for humanitarian intervention on a foreign policy team known for its deep caution in dealing with conflicts abroad,” the New York Times reports (Landler, 6/5). “Susan E. Rice, whom Obama…