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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…

Blog Examines Implications Of ‘Oregon Experiment’ For Global Health Policy

In two separate posts, the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Global Health Policy” blog discusses the results from the “Oregon Experiment,” a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that finds “no significant effect of Medicaid coverage on the prevalence or diagnosis of hypertension or high cholesterol levels…

Further Cutting U.S. Foreign Aid Would Undermine America’s ‘Soft Power’

“America’s ability to protect itself and advance its global interests often depends as much on its ‘softer’ power as it does on our nation’s armed forces,” Gen. David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, and Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, write in a Politico opinion piece. “That…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Goosby To Visit Vietnam This Week

Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Health Diplomacy and the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator “will travel to Vietnam, May 5-7, to engage in high-level discussions on the response to HIV/AIDS by the government of Vietnam and [PEPFAR],” a U.S. State Department press release reports.…

CSIS Book Examines Obama Administration’s Health Diplomacy Opportunities

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) blog describes a new book (.pdf), titled “The Changing Landscape of Global Health Diplomacy,” that presents analyses of “opportunities for global health diplomacy in Barack Obama’s second term.” The studies, compiled by a CSIS Global Health Policy Center working group, “show that…