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International Food Assistance: A U.S. Governmentwide Strategy Could Accelerate Progress toward Global Food Security: Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives
Thomas Melito (au)
Statement of Thomas Melito, Dir., International Affairs and Trade, GAO. The number of undernourished people worldwide now exceeds 1 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest prevalence of food insecurity, with 1 out of every 3 people undernourished. Global targets were set at the 1996 World Food Summit and reaffirmed in 2000 with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) when the U.S. and more than 180 nations pledged to halve the number and proportion of undernourished people by 2015. In a May 2008 report, GAO recommended that the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Secretaries of Agriculture, State, and the Treasury, (1) develop an integrated governmentwide U.S. strategy that defines actions with specific time frames and resource commitments, enhances collaboration, and improves measures to monitor progress and (2) report annually to Congress on the implementation of the first recommendation. USAID concurred with the first recommendation but expressed concerns about the vehicle of the annual reporting. The Depts. of Agriculture, State, and Treasury generally concurred with the findings. This testimony, based on prior reports and ongoing work, discusses (1) host government and donor efforts to halve hunger, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, by 2015, and (2) the status of U.S. agencies' implementation of GAO's 2008 recommendations. Figures.
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