In remarks after accepting the George McGovern Leadership Award, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed U.S. commitments to improving food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF). Among other things, Secretary Clinton emphasized the need to “focus on science and research. . . [and] a better understanding of how to deliver food and not interrupt, disrupt, and destroy markets in the host countries.”
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MOARD) of the State of Israel signed an agreement “to collaborate on research to meet the world’s food and fiber needs and address other high-priority agricultural issues.”
During the 2010 International Food Aid and Development Conference (IFADC), Ambassador William Garvelink, Deputy Coordinator for Development of Feed the Future, provided remarks on U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and discussed the five principles to achieving “sustainable global food security” established at the 2009 G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy including: investing in country-owned plans; strengthening coordination; ensuring a comprehensive approach; leveraging multilateral institutions; and delivering sustained and accountable commitments.
In a USDA blog post titled “Agriculture Key to Food Security,” Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Jim Miller reflected on the IFADC and described the role of agriculture in FtF.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2011 Agriculture appropriations bill by a vote of 17-12. The approved bill includes $1.69 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (equal to the House appropriations bill, the President’s FY11 request, and the FY10 enacted level) and an additional $209.5 million for the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program ($57 million below the House; equal to the President’s FY11 request and the FY10 enacted level).
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report titled “Food Security Assessment, 2010-20” summarizing the current state of food security in 70 developing countries.
Secretary Clinton, Administrator Shah, and Secretary Vilsack announce the World Food Prize and discuss USG efforts to address food security
At the 2010 World Food Prize Ceremony, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discussed the U.S. Governmentâ€™s efforts to improve global agriculture through commitments made at the 2009 G-20 Summit in Lâ€™Aquila, Italy and to promote “nutrient-rich crops so people get the nourishment that they need to thrive, especially mothers and children” (Secretary Clinton) through the Feed the Future Initiative. Secretary Clinton also announced the Norman Borlaug Commemorative Research Initiative, â€œa new research initiative that combines the knowledge, resources, and commitment of USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)â€ and will focus on translating agricultural technology and innovation into real-world solutions. Finally, Administrator Shah outlined three ways the USG is working to combat global hunger by focusing on â€œcore productivity,â€ prioritizing â€œproduction systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa,â€ and by using a â€œmilestones-and-outcome-based funding approach.â€
During remarks at the Partners in Agriculture Global Food Security Symposium, United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discussed the importance of investing in long-term efforts to improve food security, the G8 agriculture ministers meeting, and stated that â€œfood security efforts must be country-led and country-driven and focused at the local and community level.â€
GAO Report – Global Food Security: U.S. Agencies Progressing on Governmentwide Strategy, but Approach Faces Several Vulnerabilities
For this report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “examined (1) the types and funding of food security programs and activities of relevant U.S. government agencies; and (2) progress in developing an integrated U.S. governmentwide strategy to address global food insecurity as well as potential vulnerabilities of that strategy.”
Based on its analysis, the GAO provided two recommendations to the Secretary of State to improve U.S. global food security efforts: “(1) develop an operational definition of food security that is accepted by all U.S. agencies, establish a methodology for consistently reporting comprehensive data across agencies, and periodically inventory agenciesâ€™ food security-related programs and funding; and (2) collaborate with other agency heads to finalize a governmentwide strategy that delineates measures to mitigate the risks associated with the host country-led approach.”
The United States Department of Agricultureâ€™s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) â€œannounced a new grant program to develop healthier food products for humanitarian assistance programs.â€ The program will award approximately $3.8 million in grants in Fiscal Year 2010.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified before the House Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies) on the FY 2011 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) budget request and USDA’s role in addressing global food insecurity through capacity building programs, partnerships with other U.S. departments and agencies, and funding for emergency and non-emergency food assistance.