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McKenna named to head 'Feed the Future' at USAID

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah announced today that Tjada McKenna will head the agency’s “Feed the Future” program and that Julie Howard, who has been heading that effort, will become the chief scientist for the Bureau of Food Security, the USAID division in which the program is located, and his senior adviser on agricultural research, extension and education. Read More...

Lesher: USAID should focus on African corruption

The Obama administration’s “Feed the Future” initiative should focus more on fighting corruption and the rule of law in Africa, said a former Republican Agriculture Department official and lobbyist who now heads the Global Harvest Initiative. Read More...

New USDA greenhouse to fight wheat rust; researcher says more needed

Scientists will fight wheat rust from a new state-of-the art Agriculture Department greenhouse at the University of Minnesota, but a key researcher says more money is needed if the fungal disease is to be fought successfully in Africa before it reaches North America. Read More...

Global food aid advocates plead against funding cuts

The gulf between the need for global food security programs and fiscal reality came into stark contrast in Washington today as Obama administration officials and Microsoft founder Bill Gates called on Congress to spend more money on international agricultural development, while the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee cut funding for international food aid and congressional Democrats warned of more cuts to come. Read More...

Chicago Council releases ag development report

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today released a report on U.S. leadership in global agriculture development. It was written by former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman and former United Nations World Food Program Executive Director Catherine Bertini, who chair the council’s global agricultural development initiative. Read More...

USAID opens centers to help Haitian farmers

The U.S. Agency for International Development has opened eight agricultural development centers in Haiti, USAID announced. Read More...

International food aid conference scheduled

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Agriculture Department have announced that this year’s International Food Aid & Development Conference will be held June 27 to 29 in Kansas City. Read More...

World Food Program, USAID struggle with rising food costs

For food aid and agricultural development advocates trying to help the Third World cope with food price spikes, waiting for Congress to cut the budget is like being in the car at the end of the movie "Thelma and Louise," the Washington representative of The U.N. World Food Program said at a Capitol Hill briefing today. Read More...

New leadership, re-organization for Feed the Future

The Obama administration’s Feed the Future program to encourage agricultural development in Third World countries will get new leadership and the bureau that runs it will be reorganized, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah announced this week. Read More...

Shah promises evaluation of ‘Feed the Future’

Is President Obama’s “Feed the Future” program to encourage agricultural development in poor countries working? Lawmakers and taxpayers should be able to get answers within a month, according to a scenario laid out last week by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Read More...