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Administration official testifies on Feed the Future Initiative

During a hearing held by the Senate Foreign Relations International Development Subcommittee titled “Evaluating Current U.S. Global Food Security Efforts and Determining Future U.S. Leadership Opportunities,” Feed the Future (FtF) Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna testified on U.S. efforts through FtF to address food security and undernutrition issues.

USAID announces launch of Feed the Future’s new “Partnering for Innovation” program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Feed the Future’s (FtF) new “Partnering for Innovation” program, which “aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.”

Secretary Clinton discusses global health issues at UNGA

During the 67th United Nations General Assembly, held from September 23, 2012 to October 1, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks on several topics pertaining to U.S. global health efforts including in the areas of water security, shared responsibility in the HIV/AIDS response, the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, and humanitarian assistance to Syria.

Roundtable on Water Security: Secretary Clinton provided closing remarks at a roundtable on water security (9/25) and stated, among other things, that “[h]ere at the UN, we have to work in our continuing efforts to ensure no child dies of a water-related disease and certainly no war is ever fought over water.”

UNAIDS Shared Responsibility Event: At a UNAIDS sponsored event (9/26), Secretary Clinton discussed the shared responsibility of donor and recipient governments in addressing HIV/AIDS and reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Feed the Future Event: At an event titled “Feed the Future: Partnering with Civil Society” (9/27), Secretary Clinton’s announced “a new commitment by civil society groups . . . pledging more than $1 billion of private, nongovernmental funds over the next three years to improve food security and nutrition worldwide.”

Humanitarian Assistance to Syria: Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the Ad Hoc Friends of the Syrian People Ministerial (9/28) announcing an additional $30 million in humanitarian aid for “food, water, blankets, and critical medical services” for the Syrian people.

  • State Department press release summarizing recent U.S. humanitarian assistance to Syria

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Secretary Clinton discusses the U.S. approach to development at Clinton Global Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at the CGI outlining the three objectives of the Administration’s approach to development, which include moving from aid to investment, promoting country ownership, and “putting ourselves out of business” by promoting self-sufficiency.  Secretary Clinton stated that these objectives have guided existing U.S. development initiatives such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and USAID Forward. Moving forward, Secretary Clinton highlighted the “need to broaden and increase our network of partnerships to advance our work in development” as the well as the importance of holding each other accountable for measuring results.

CRS releases report on FY2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House Committee on Foreign Affairs on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and provided a summary of the FY13 budget request for USAID highlighting efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

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  • Opening remarks by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Committee Chair) expressing, among other things, her opposition to a proposed increase in FY13 funding for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH).
  • Opening remarks by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member) calling for, among other things, a revision and updating of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

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House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Video of the hearing.
  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.
Secretary Clinton testifies before House Committees on FY 2013 budget request

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the FY 2013 budget request. During testimony before both Committees, Secretary Clinton summarized the priorities of the FY 2013 budget request for the State and Foreign Operations and, among other things, highlighted efforts through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).

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House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • During opening remarks, Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) commented on, among other things, proposed reductions in global health programs, and stated “we will need to understand how these reductions can be achieved without jeopardizing our progress and leadership on these issues.”
  • During opening remarks, Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asked Secretary Clinton to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and the implications of potential cuts in funding for family planning and reproductive health programs.

House Committee on Foreign Affairs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Committee Chair).
  • Opening remarks by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member).
UN Ambassador Rice discusses U.S. efforts to empower rural women through GHI and FtF

During remarks given at the 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice discussed U.S. efforts to empower rural women through, among other things, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF).