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Administration official discusses U.S. efforts to improve food security

In a statement at the Sixty Fifth General Assembly Second Committee General Debate, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis summarized U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, support of the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Framework, U.S. commitments at the G-8 in L’Aquila, Italy, and through the launch of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP).

State Department releases “U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue: Working Group Achievements”

The U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue and ten of the Dialogue’s thirteen working groups met on October 20-22 for the third ministerial-level meeting of the year. A press release from the State Department titled “U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue: Working Group Achievements,” summarized the outcomes from these working group meetings, including outcomes from the Agriculture, Health, Water, and Women’s Empowerment Working Groups.

Administration official discusses U.S. efforts to assist Least Developed Countries through the GHI and Feed the Future

In a statement before the Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) of the General Assembly of the United Nations, U.S. Deputy Representative to ECOSOC John Sammis summarized U.S. efforts to help reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF).

U.N. Ambassador Rice’s statement and other Administration actions commemorating World Food Day

In recognition of World Food Day, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice released a statement highlighting U.S. commitments and actions aimed at improving global food security. Similarly, the State Department DipNote Blog posted two entries related to food security: one focused on World Food Day and another on U.S. involvement with the United Nations’ Committee for World Food Security (CFS).

Administrator Shah discusses U.S. efforts to address food security at the World Food Prize Conference

During remarks at the World Food Prize Conference, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed the changes in the way the U.S. works to improve food security through Feed the Future (FtF) including, among other things, the establishment of a Bureau for Food Security at USAID, the Norman Borlaug Commemorative Research Initiative also at USAID, the Global Security Food Trust Fund housed at the World Bank, and focusing on vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and infants. Additionally, Administrator Shah announced a new effort – the Feed the Future Private Investment Center – aimed at fostering public-private partnerships in the 20 FtF pilot countries.

USAID Administrator Shah announces new Bureau of Food Security

In remarks given at an event marking the release of the Bread for World 2011 World Hunger Report, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Shah announced the creation of the Bureau of Food Security, which “will lead a whole-of-government effort to implement President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, a multi-billion dollar international effort led by USAID to develop the agricultural sectors of a number of countries throughout the developing world.”

CRS Report – State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2010 Budget and Appropriations

From the report summary: “This report analyzes the FY2010 request, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action for FY2010, which includes the July 9 House approval of H.R. 3081, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for FY2010, July 9 Senate Appropriations Committee passage of its bill (S. 1434), and passage of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, signed into law Dec. 16, 2009 (P.L. 111-117).”

White House releases FY 2011 Budget

The White House released the FY 2011 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:

Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.572 billion, including

- $8.513 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and

- $1.059 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.

- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $6.990 billion for PEPFAR of which $1 billion is for the Global Fund ($700 million from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).

Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:

State and Foreign Operations funding for global health:

- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.513 billion
– USAID: $3.013 billion
– Maternal Health & Child Health/Nutrition: $900.0 million
– Maternal & Child Health: $700.0 million

- Nutrition: $200.0
– Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million

- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million

- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $590.0 million

- Other Infectious Diseases: $1,158.0 million, which includes
– Malaria: $680.0 million,

- Tuberculosis: $230.0 million ,

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $155.0 million,

- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $75 million, and

- Other Public Health Threats: $18 million.
– Department of State: $5.500 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.500 billion (includes $700 million for the Global Fund)
– Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.280 billion

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC ($351.9 total):
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $152.8 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Global Fund: $300.0 million

- Fogarty International: $73.0 million

Administration releases Global Health Initiative (GHI) Consultation Document

The Administration released “Implementation of the Global Health Initiative: Consultation Document,” which includes specific goals and targets, core principles, and an operational plan for the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

CRS Report – International Food Aid Programs: Background and Issues

This report provides an overview of U.S. food aid programs and highlights specific issues for Congress including “improving aid effectiveness; developing “demand-driven” strategies that take into account the recipient country’s needs and strategic plans for food security; determining the best form for providing food aid and assistance, whether in the form of cash or commodities; . . . and determining the cost-effectiveness of U.S. cargo preferences for delivering U.S. food aid.”