About the Author: Cindy Huang serves as Senior Advisor to the Office of Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.Feed the Future -- the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative -- continues to break ground in its comprehensive approach to address the crisis of hunger and undernutrition.
As I reflect on the past year, I'm proud to serve on the U.S. team that develops and implements Feed the Future in close partnership with governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society. We need to harness the strengths of all sectors of society to make substantial progress in the fight against hunger.
To achieve measurable results, we are aligning our resources with country-owned plans and are fostering sustained, multi-stakeholder partnerships. As described in the Feed the Future Guide released last May, these are cornerstones of our strategy. We have welcomed and reviewed country-owned plans from countries as diverse as Rwanda and Bangladesh, Haiti, and Ghana. The international community has stepped up its coordination efforts and shifted efforts to support country-owned priorities. In addition, we have supported the role of regional organizations such as the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which are often in the best position to promote regional economic integration and development.
Support for women as agricultural producers and critical actors in creating a food secure world is central to our approach. As the Secretary said last May, "We're focusing on women -- the mothers, the farmers, the health workers, the community leaders whose insights and efforts can make the difference between a successful program and one that falls short." And, to ensure that we maximize the U.S. government's impact, we are developing multi-year strategies that will span development and diplomatic actions across multiple agencies.
Last year, Secretary Clinton also spoke about the need for innovative solutions, including research on drought-resistant seeds and vaccines that keep livestock healthy. She highlighted undernutrition as a major problem for which we have basic, affordable solutions, such as vitamin and mineral supplements, fortified foods, and nutrition education. At the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit, global leaders joined Secretary Clinton in declaring their commitment to scale up nutrition efforts that target the critical 1,000 day window of opportunity, from pregnancy to two years of age.
As we look to 2011, the food security team will continue to search for the best ways to leverage the expertise and resources of different U.S. government agencies in the fight against hunger and undernutrition. We will maintain a relentless focus on results so that our efforts and dollars yield a more prosperous and secure world. Most importantly, we will continue to forge and deepen relationships with private sector, civil society and government stakeholders, because we know that partnerships are at the heart of sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty.