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UN Advisor Marks discusses food security

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.

USAID and Swiss Re announce partnership to combat hunger

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).

Administration statements and actions commemorating World Food Day

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.

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Administration releases “The United States Global Health Initiative: Strategy Document”

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).

Senate Appropriations Committee introduces Continuing Resolution for the remainder of FY 2011; includes overall increase in global health funding

The Senate Committee on Appropriations introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) that would authorize appropriations for the remaining seven months of FY 2011 (the first 5 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). This legislation would replace the full-year appropriations bill (H.R. 1) that was recently passed by the House on February 19, 2011. Unlike H.R. 1, which proposes to cut global health funding, the Senate CR proposes an overall increase in global health funding (see table below). Additionally, the summary of the CR provided by the Senate Committee on Appropriations categorizes State and Foreign Operations funding as part of National Security.

State Department releases fact sheet titled “U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative Helps Countries Cope with Rising Food Prices”

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.

Summary of the FY11 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1473)

Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY, 5th) introduced the “Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011” (H.R. 1473) authorizing appropriations for the remaining six months of FY 2011 (the first 6 months of FY 2011 were funded under FY 2010 levels). The proposed funding totals for global health (as compared to FY 2010 totals) included in this appropriations bill are provided in the table below.

Note: The appropriations bill (H.R. 1473) includes an across-the-board rescission of 0.2 percent to all discretionary spending; the global health funding totals for FY 11 (H.R. 1473) listed below include this rescission.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on the Budget and the House Committee on Ways and Means on April 11, 2011.

- Passed by the House (260-167) and the Senate (81-19) on April 14, 2011.

- Signed by the President (Public Law No: 112-10) on April 15, 2011.

USAID Global Water Coordinator discusses USAID's water, sanitation, and hygiene programs

During remarks titled “Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Programming,” given at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes outlined global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges and highlighted, among other things, U.S. efforts to address these challenges through programs under the Water for the Poor Act (WfP), Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI).  Global Water Coordinator Holmes also stated that USAID’s WASH programs would increasingly emphasize the areas of behavior change, sanitation and market development, sustainability, women and girls, and integration with Humanitarian Assistance efforts.

U.S. announces $12 million commitment for aflatoxin control in Africa

During the 10th annual Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Zambia, Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative announced that the U.S. would commit $12 million in funding for aflatoxin control. According to the USAID press release announcing the commitment, aflatoxin “is a highly poisonous cancer-causing toxin [commonly referred to as "killer maize"] produced by a fungus, which, according to the United Nations, affects 25 percent of the world’s agricultural production.”

Secretary Clinton’s statements and actions on global health issues during diplomatic trip to Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia

During a seven day (June 8th – June 14th) diplomatic trip to United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed U.S. efforts to combat food security through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence (GBV) through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI), and the 1,000 Days Initiative. Secretary Clinton also announced increased funding for agricultural development and food security as well as nutritional programs in Tanzania, and an additional $15 million in PEPFAR funding for Zambia.

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Zambia

  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Zambian President Rupiah Banda where she discusses mother-to-child transmission of HIV. (June 10, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the University Teaching Hospital Paediatric Centre of Excellence where she announces additional PEPFAR funding. (June 11, 2011)

Tanzania

  • Read a State Department background briefing en route to Tanzania. (June 11, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s announcement of food security and nutrition funding for Tanzania through FtF. (June 12, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Irish Deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at the High-Level Meeting on Nutrition and 1,000 Days Initiative. (June 12, 2011)
  • Read a State Department press release about Secretary Clinton’s remarks during a visit to Buguruni Health Center where she discusses PEPFAR, GBV, and the GHI. (June 12, 2011)
  • Read a State Department Dipnote blog post titled “Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Tanzania.” (June 12, 2011)
  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete where she discusses the U.S. commitment to address nutrition and food security, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and sustainable development. (June 13, 2011) 
  • Read a State Department Dipnote blog post titled “Planting the Seeds To Feed the Future.” (June 14, 2011)
  • Read a State Department Dipnote blog post by U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, titled “Secretary Clinton Highlights U.S. Partnership in Fighting AIDS.” (June 16, 2011)

Ethiopia

  • Read Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the African Union where she discusses FtF and PEPFAR. (June 13, 2011)