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Secretary of State Clinton discusses the role of nutrition in U.S. development policy

In a speech given at CARE’s 2010 National Conference and Celebration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the role of nutrition in U.S. development policy stating that nutrition is a “common thread” across U.S. programs focused on agriculture, health, and education. Secretary Clinton summarized the Obama Administration’s approach to improving nutrition which includes the prevention of under-nourishment by focusing on women and children during a 1,000 day window (starting at pregnancy and continuing through the second year of life), increased investments in research and development, ending the stovepiping of cross-cutting efforts, and incorporating nutrition as a focus of both the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative. During her speech, Secretary Clinton also discussed the Administration’s approach to development, the relationship of safe drinking water and nutrition, and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to nutrition.

USAID announces 20 Feed the Future Initiative Focus Countries

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the 20 focus countries of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative (also known as The Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative), selected based on the “global burden of undernutrition and other criteria that examined the prevalence and dynamics of poverty, country commitment, and opportunities for agriculture-led growth.”

Joint Statement on the First U.S. – A.U. High-Level Bilateral Meetings includes health and food security among the U.S.-Africa priorities discussed

A Joint Statement released at the conclusion of the First U.S. – African Union High-Level Bilateral Meetings stated that “this first round of talks covered the full range of U.S.-Africa priorities” including, among other things, “improving health conditions on the continent” and “enabling the African continent to feed itself.”

State Department official gives speech titled “Smart Power: Applications and Lessons for Development”

During a speech titled “Smart Power: Applications and Lessons for Development” given at American University, School of International Service, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future), and the Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review (QDDR). During her comments, Under Secretary Otero highlighted the role of country-led plans, women, and water in GHI and Feed the Future.

USG officials testify before the House International Affairs Committee on U.S. policy in Africa

Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, United States Department of State, and Earl Gast, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided testimony before the House Committee on International Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, in a hearing titled “An Overview of U.S. Policy in Africa.” Among other things, their testimonies included discussion of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Administration’s new Feed the Future Initiative.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

During remarks at the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted, among other things, the Administration’s efforts to improve the health of women and girls as a cornerstone of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Food Security Initiative, efforts by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to address HIV in women, and plans to improve women’s access to healthcare in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Regional Stabilization Strategy.

USAID Administrator Shah discusses U.S. development commitments during EU Development Ministers Informal Meeting

During the EU Development Ministers Informal Meeting in Spain, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, “reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to a transatlantic partnership on development and reiterated the importance of redoubling efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.” Administrator Shah also highlighted the Administration’s new Global Health Initiative (GHI), Food Security Initiative, and plans to modernize USAID’s “business processes and to promote innovative partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental organizations, including foundations and the private sector.”

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).

Secretary Clinton’s “Remarks on the 15th Anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development”

In remarks commemorating the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Secretary Clinton stated that the Obama Administration “understand[s] there is a direct line between a woman’s reproductive health and her ability to lead a productive fulfilling life. . . So we are rededicating ourselves to the global efforts to improve reproductive health for women and girls.” Secretary Clinton also stated that the Obama Administration is committed to achieving both the Cairo goals and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Five and summarized the ways that the Administration would work to achieve these goals including: increased funding for reproductive healthcare and the integration of women’s issues in the U.S. foreign policy agenda, particularly the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Global Food Security Initiative.

Secretary Clinton discusses the QDDR and food security at No Limits Public Policy Conference

During a speech before the No Limits Public Policy Conference, Secretary Clinton stated that, among other things, the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) would help the State Department determine “what works and what doesn’t work” and that the Administration’s food security initiative was “the first time where people from all over our own government are in the same room trying to decide what it is we can do that will deliver not only food aid, . . . but better agricultural productivity.”