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GAO Report – International Food Assistance: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight

In an effort to inform the discussion on the Administration’s plans to develop a “new global approach to hunger,” GAO summarized and evaluated previous food assistance reports with the objectives of “(1) updat[ing] U.S. agencies’ responses to GAO’s previous international food assistance recommendations and (2) identif[ing] potential oversight questions for Congressional consideration.” As a result of this evalution, the GAO “identified five issues for Congressional consideration to ensure more efficient and effective international food assistance: (1) coordination and integration, (2) needs assessments and market information, (3) transportation and logistics, (4) nutrition and food quality control, and (5) monitoring and evaluation.”

Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

“The report provides a detailed plan for establishing and funding a comprehensive, globally coordinated system to identify novel zoonotic disease threats as early as possible wherever they arise so appropriate measures can be taken to prevent significant numbers of human illnesses and deaths, and livestock losses.”

President Obama discusses U.S. global health and food security strategies at Clinton Global Initiative

During a speech at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama summarized the U.S. global health strategy as “building on successes in the fight against HIV/AIDS and working to end deaths from malaria and TB and to end polio.” The President stated that “these efforts will only be sustained if we improve the capacity of public health systems to deliver care, especially for mothers and children.” Finally, the President stated that new U.S. investments in food security would focus on sharing “new methods and technologies so that countries and communities can become more self-sufficient.”

President Obama announces plan to provide other countries with H1N1 vaccine

In an effort “to stop the global spread of the pandemic 2009-H1N1 influenza virus,” President Obama announced that the United States “is prepared to make 10 percent of its H1N1 vaccine supply available to other countries” that would “not otherwise have direct access to the vaccine.” The U.S. will provide the vaccines through the World Health Organization (WHO) as they become available.

State Department official discusses the Administration’s food security initiative

After Secretary Clinton’s announcement of the Administration’s food security initiative, Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff and Counselor, held a briefing to provide details and answer questions on the program. Aspects of the initiative including agricultural productivity, nutrition, U.S. government coordination, recipient country involvement, and funding were covered.

Secretary Clinton discusses the Administration’s global food security initiative at Clinton Global Initiative

During a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Clinton summarized the Obama Administration’s food security initiative stating it would be guided by five principles:

- “First, we will work with partner countries to create and implement their plans.”

- “Second, we are addressing the underlying causes of hunger.”

- “Thirdly, we will improve coordination at the country, regional, and global level.”

- “Our fourth principle is leveraging the benefits of multilateral institutions.”

- “Fifth, we pledge a long-term commitment and accountability to our efforts.”