The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development (a joint project by the U.S. Agency for International Development and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) is harnessing the power of innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions to poverty and food shortages.  How?  By calling on people around the world to develop and submit technologies that can improve water conservation.  USAID Global Water Coordinator Christian Holmes will announce the semi-finalists on Friday at the Department of State’s USTech H2.O event. http://securingwaterforfood.org/

Thanks to a USAID-funded food security program, vulnerable families in Madagascar are provided with technical assistance and training so that they can substantially improve their lives.  Read more

Thanks to a USAID-funded food security program, vulnerable families in Madagascar are provided with technical assistance and training so that they can substantially improve their lives.  Read more

U.S. Delegation to the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

The Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. Delegation attending the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held, March 10–21, 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York.

  • Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Co-Head of Delegation
  • Ambassador Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State, Co-Head of Delegation
  • Ambassador Elizabeth Cousens, U.S. Representative on the UN Economic and Social Council, Deputy Head of Delegation

They will be accompanied by the following five Public Delegates:

  • Jimmie Briggs, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Man Up Campaign
  • Caren Grown, Economist in Residence, American University
  • Ambassador Betty King, former U.S. Representative to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva and former U.S. Representative to the UN Economic and Social Council
  • Sharon Kotok, former advisor to the U.S. Department of Stat
  • Nora O’Connell, Associate Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy, Save the Children

Other members of the U.S. Delegation include technical experts from the Department of State, including the United States Mission to the United Nations and several bureaus and offices; USAID; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security; as well as officials from the White House; the U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations; and Representative Barbara Lee, a Congressional Delegate to the UN General Assembly.

The theme of this year’s session is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”

The CSW session is being live-streamed here. For more information, please click here.

USAID ANNOUNCES RISE: A NEW INITIATIVE TO BUILD RESILIENCE IN WEST AFRICA’S SAHEL

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort to build resilience to recurrent crisis in West Africa’s Sahel, a region where chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, and violent extremism collide—and some 18.7 million people faced food insecurity in 2012 due to severe drought for the third time in a decade. Learn More

Global Leaders From Business And Civil Society Sign Zero Hunger Challenge At Davos

Global leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, committed their support for the Zero Hunger Challenge at an event hosted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Signatories also included the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Unilever Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Polman, DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma and many others.

Starbucks is partnering with USAID in support of Colombian coffee farmers. This unique partnership will allow us to significantly expand ethical sourcing efforts to help those who grow the coffee we love. http://sbux.co/1dLWpwo

Starbucks is partnering with USAID in support of Colombian coffee farmers. This unique partnership will allow us to significantly expand ethical sourcing efforts to help those who grow the coffee we love. http://sbux.co/1dLWpwo

WFP Video Editor Marco Frattini heads to Darfur 10 years after the outbreak of violence in the region to see how food assistance continues to sustain the people who live there. Check out his video touring a WFP warehouse containing food assistance from USAID - US Agency for International Development and other donors here: http://bit.ly/14fTuIe

Three Scientists Win 27th Annual World Food Prize

At a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 19, where three distinguished scientists were named winners of the 2013 World Food Prize: Marc Van Montagu, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, Department of Molecular Genetics at Ghent University, Belgium; Mary-Dell Chilton, Distinguished Science Fellow at Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. in Triangle Park, North Carolina; and Robert T. Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri.

President Barack Obama just announced at the G8 Summit more than $300 million in additional USG humanitarian assistance for the Syria response, bringing total USG funding for the Syria crisis to more than $814 million. The new funding will support U.N. agencies and NGOs to provide urgently needed assistance to reach 3.2 million people in Syria, as well as Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt. Take a look at the amazing USAID complex emergency map http://1.usa.gov/14gsciD

President Barack Obama just announced at the G8 Summit more than $300 million in additional USG humanitarian assistance for the Syria response, bringing total USG funding for the Syria crisis to more than $814 million. The new funding will support U.N. agencies and NGOs to provide urgently needed assistance to reach 3.2 million people in Syria, as well as Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt. Take a look at the amazing USAID complex emergency map http://1.usa.gov/14gsciD

Boosting child survival rates will be the focus of a national summit in Mahabalipuram, India, February 7–9 that will bring together more than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members.The national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” jointly organized by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and pledge to meet India’s child survival and development goals. Learn More

Boosting child survival rates will be the focus of a national summit in Mahabalipuram, India, February 7–9 that will bring together more than 200 delegates ranging from policymakers and representatives of development agencies to global health practitioners and civil society members.The national summit on the “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development,” jointly organized by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be an opportunity for participants to share experiences and pledge to meet India’s child survival and development goals. Learn More

The United States is providing an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance in response to urgent needs resulting from the brutal conflict in Syria. This new funding will supply enough flour to bakeries in Aleppo to provide daily bread for approximately 210,000 people in need for the next five months. With this new assistance, the United States is providing $220 million to date to help those suffering inside Syria and refugees in the neighboring countries.
The United States remains committed to supporting humanitarian assistance for all Syrians in need throughout the country’s 14 governorates, and to working with a wide range of international partners and Syrian humanitarian organizations, whose dedicated staff are taking great risks to ensure aid is directly reaching those in need.
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 Visiting the Islahiye Refugee Camp for Syrians

The United States is providing an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance in response to urgent needs resulting from the brutal conflict in Syria. This new funding will supply enough flour to bakeries in Aleppo to provide daily bread for approximately 210,000 people in need for the next five months. With this new assistance, the United States is providing $220 million to date to help those suffering inside Syria and refugees in the neighboring countries.

The United States remains committed to supporting humanitarian assistance for all Syrians in need throughout the country’s 14 governorates, and to working with a wide range of international partners and Syrian humanitarian organizations, whose dedicated staff are taking great risks to ensure aid is directly reaching those in need.

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 Visiting the Islahiye Refugee Camp for Syrians

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in another message:  “In the past two decades, we’ve seen huge reductions in under-five mortality. But we must do better.  In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, over 9,000 children under five die daily, mainly from causes we can prevent. If we can prevent children dying, we must. And with all of your skills and political leadership, we will.”http://1.usa.gov/S40qDB
Photo credit: WFP (Ambassador Lane’s trip to Niger)

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in another message:  “In the past two decades, we’ve seen huge reductions in under-five mortality. But we must do better.  In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, over 9,000 children under five die daily, mainly from causes we can prevent. If we can prevent children dying, we must. And with all of your skills and political leadership, we will.”http://1.usa.gov/S40qDB


Photo credit: WFP (Ambassador Lane’s trip to Niger)

"The United States is providing over $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those most in need in the wake of the drought gripping the Sahel region of West Africa, Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced in Rome today. This new assistance brings the total U.S. Government humanitarian assistance to the region to over $308 million in Fiscal Year 2012."
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