Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Cheryl Benton moderated a State Department video discussion with Deputy Coordinator of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative Tjada Mckenna and Bread for the World President David Beckmann titled “Conversations With America: Ending Hunger Through Development.” During her remarks, Deputy Coordinator Mckenna discussed U.S. efforts to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative.
During the U.N. General Assembly’s Second Committee on Agricultural Development and Food Security meeting, U.S. Mission to the United Nations Advisor Robert Marks discussed the U.S. commitment to improving food security through efforts such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the 1,000 Days Partnership, and commitments made at the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009.
Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks during the presentation of the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates. Vice President Biden provided the keynote address and discussed the Obama Administrations efforts to improve global food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF). During their remarks, Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah both highlighted U.S. efforts through FtF and Administrator Shah announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative aimed at helping P4P partner with local private financial institutions.
Read a transcript of a panel discussion on “Efforts to Address Global Hunger and Create Economic Opportunity” with Secretary Clinton, Howard G. Buffett, Bill Gates, and World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Swiss Re announced a three year partnership to, among other things, combat hunger in the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The partnership work to combine the Swiss Re’s risk management solutions with USAID’s Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).
The Peace Corps announced a partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to expand food security programs that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries.
In a statement commemorating World Food Day, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton summarized U.S. efforts “to ending global hunger” through initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF). Additionally, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a USAID Impactblog post titled “Commemorating World Food Day 2011,” which also highlights the FtF Initiative.
UPDATE: The President signed the bill into law (Public Law #112-74) on December 23, 2011 after the Conference Agreement passed the House (296-121) on December 16, 2011 and the Senate (67-32) on December 17, 2011. Additionally, the Senate voted against (43-56) a resolution (H.Con.Res. 94) that would have applied a 1.83% across-the-board rescission to all FY 2012 appropriations except the Department of Defense (DoD), Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs.
Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY, 5th; Chairman House Committee on Appropriations) released a statement announcing that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee had reached agreement on final FY 2012 Appropriations legislation (H.R. 2055), which includes funding for global health programs through the State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DoD). While total funding for the Global Health Initiative (GHI) is not yet available, the appropriations detailed in this agreement totaled $8.3 billion.
Directs that no FY 2012 global health funds may be used for needle exchange programs;
Includes additional Congressional oversight before the Administration makes a multi-year funding pledge;
Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of the potential costs/savings of transitioning the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) into USAID; and
Requires the Administration to report back to Congress with an analysis of transitioning the leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID as outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).
Global health appropriations as provided in the Conference Report (House Report 112-331) and Joint Statement of Managers are summarized as follows:
The Administration released “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document,” which includes information on the operational plan, targets, and implementation of the Global Health Initiative (GHI).
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for Global Health Amie Batson testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the FY 2012 budget request for global health and HIV/AIDS.
The State Department released a fact sheet titled “U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative Helps Countries Cope with Rising Food Prices” highlighting key components of the initiative to improve agricultural productivity.