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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…

Opinion Pieces Address Proposed Food Aid Reform

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing proposed reform to the U.S. food aid program contained in President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request. Christopher Barrett, CNN’s “GPS” blog: Noting “the Obama administration’s 2014 budget sensibly proposes that the federal government, for the first time, begin handling most…

Examining The Need For New Technologies In Global Health

“In the past decade, U.S. investments in science, technology and innovation have led to critical breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of deadly global diseases,” Ellie Dehoney and Morgan McCloskey of Research!America, write in a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” noting the development of vaccines, diagnostic technologies and new drugs for…

Examining Implications Of U.S. ‘Anti-Prostitution Pledge’

“Recently, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding what is widely known as the ‘anti-prostitution pledge,’ a requirement that organizations receiving government money for overseas disease-prevention work adopt policies opposing prostitution and sex trafficking,” Mie Lewis, a staff attorney with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, writes in an analysis on RH…