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USDA releases "International Food Security Assessment, 2012-2022"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report titled “International Food Security Assessment, 2012-2022,” which details the “estimated and projected the number of food-insecure people regionally and in each of the 76 developing countries covered in this report for 2012-2022.”

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Administrator Shah discusses food security at announcement of World Food Prize

During remarks at the announcement of the World Food Prize, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the $3.5 billion commitment made by President Obama at the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy.  Administrator Shah also announced FtF’s new “Borlaug 21st Century Leadership” program, a $32.5 million investment to “provide mentoring and training opportunities for agriculture professionals across the globe” aimed at strengthening agriculture systems and best practices.

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FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill passes House (217-203)

On June 3, 2011, Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA, 1st) introduced the bill, H.R. 2112 – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012.  The proposed bill would authorize $1.04 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $180.0 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program. The bill passed a vote in the House (217-203) on June 16, 2011.

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GAO Report- International School Feeding: USDA’s Oversight of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program Needs Improvement

In this report, the GAO examined the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program (MGD) including “(1) USDA’s oversight of the MGD Program and (2) the extent to which USDA has addressed the program’s internal control weaknesses,” which were identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in 2006-2007.

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  • Access highlights from the report here. (PDF)
  • Access the full report here. (PDF)
USAID and USDA announce release of report on ways to enhance the quality of food aid

In a joint press release, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a report completed by researchers from Tufts University with funding from USAID and titled “Delivering Improved Nutrition: Recommendations for Changes to U.S. Food Aid Products and Programs.”

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.

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.

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY11 Omnibus Appropriations Act

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the text of the FY 2011 Omnibus Act with the following funding levels:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $53.5 billion ($3.1 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $4.7 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.22 billion ($291 million below the President’s request; $443 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
Maternal and Child Health: $761 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $710 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $57.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

- HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion:
HIV/AIDS: $5.025 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $825 million (Note: An additional $300 million is appropriated for the Global Fund through the Department of Health and Human Services bringing total FY11 contribution to $1.125 billion.)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.10 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Food Security and Agricultural Development: $1.4 billion ($244 million below the President’s FY11 request)

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.