"Higher food productivity is needed to address the food crisis. Nuclear techniques in development will help increase food productivity."
We just completed our trip together. If you’ve never had the chance to travel with him, I recommend it. He is indefatigable, he is incredibly well-versed in all the in’s and out’s of refugee crises, and of course he is quite committed to the cause of refugees. That was partly the reason for our trip, was to bring attention to a relatively neglected crisis.
It’s really three crises, I would say. It’s the food crisis in the Sahel region, it’s what’s happened in Mali, the conflict that has beset the north of that country, and it’s also the refugee flows to neighboring countries. So in Burkina Faso we traveled north to visit the Damba refugee camp. We met with refugees. We sat and talked with them and got a much better feel for the particular crisis at hand involving refugees from Mali.
The United States is very concerned about the crisis, and we’re also concerned that there are not sufficient resources going to it. The United States has provided $355 million worth of aid and food to countries in the Sahel and the refugee portion of that is $34.5 million. The largest piece of that goes to UNHCR."
Food security representatives from around the world are gathering here at the Department of State today to finish a two-day meeting of the signatories of the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI). In 2009 at the G-8 Summit, global leaders, including President Obama, endorsed the L’Aquila Joint Statement on Global Food Security, agreeing to “to act with the scale and urgency needed to achieve sustainable global food security.”
This marked a turning point for international efforts to achieve food security worldwide. Leaders committed to a take a comprehensive approach to ensure food security, coordinate effectively, support country-owned processes and plans, engage multilateral… more »
The U.N. and other aid agencies have characterized the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti as the largest urban disaster in modern history. The earthquake affected an estimated 3 million people, including approximately 1.5 million people displaced to 1,300 settlements sites throughout Port-au-Prince. One of the biggest challenges following the earthquake has been to provide shelter to those who lost their houses. The more than 10 million cubic meters of debris created by the earthquake have hindered reconstruction efforts. Furthermore, unclear property rights and lack of land titles complicated shelter recovery efforts. The loss of critical records in the earthquake has made identifying the rightful owners of land extremely difficult, and this has exacerbated the problem of identifying land for housing.
Two years since the earthquake struck Haiti, USAID—working closely with other U.S. Government agencies and the international community, and in support of the Government of Haiti’s objectives—has provided significant support for the emergency response and recovery process, and has provided a base for long-term sustainable development in the areas of infrastructure, energy, economic security, food security, health, education, and democracy and governance. Together with the Haitian people, the Government of Haiti, and the international community, USAID and the U.S. Government are continuing to help to build a stable and economically viable Haiti. Click HERE to learn more about what USAID has done since the earthquake.