Year in Review: Partnering To Fight Hunger and Undernutrition

Posted by Cindy Huang
January 4, 2011
Children Eat Free Meal in Mumbai, India

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.

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william c.
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Rhode Island, USA
January 4, 2011

William C. in Rhode Island writes:

The "silent emergency" Protein Energy Malnutrition is the real global issue of world hunger. "WorldAquaculture.org" at the 2007 UN Malnutrition luncheon brought this to everyones attention and still nothing has been done. Children in their first two years of need more protein in their diet only from fish meat poultry has the essential amino acids needed for the matabolisms. With propoor communties build aquafarms to supply this protein.

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
January 5, 2011

Anna in Washington D.C. writes:

I am so pleased to see global hunger made a priority by this administration. Thank you Secretary Clinton and everyone who is working in the fight against hunger.

Ashim C.
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India
January 5, 2011

Ashim K.C. in India writes:

IN RESPONSE TO THIS ARTICLE ON INNOVATIVE SOLUTION FOR ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM OF HUNGER ND MAL NUTRITION I SUBMITTING THIS NOTE, WHICH I PUBLISHED IN FACEBOOK. IT CONTAINS IDEAS WHICH CAN BE IMPLEMENTED FOR SUSTAINABLE INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT OF RURAL AREAS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

IT IS BASED ON LOCALLY AVAILABLE RESOURCES PREDOMINANTLY. IT REQUIRES SUPPORT OF A CREDIBLE INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISM TO COORDINATE ON GOING AND FUTURE PROGRAMMES OF MULTIPLE DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES AND STAKEHOLDES. WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS THIS FURTHER WITH APPROPRIATE AUTHORITEES TO BEGIN A PILOT PROJECT.

Plan for execution of the concept:

Task Time Span
Formation of the core group of 7 persons. One month

Composition:

One Architect
One Structural Engineer.
One Business Development Specialist
One Engineer with Ceramic/Mechanical
Experience
One Finance Specialist.
Two Corporate PROs.

Preparation of Constitution 15 days for draft
30 days for comments
3 days for discussion and approval.

Application Registration under societies act. Within 60 days.

Post formation ground work Phase 1.

Adoption of a village for developing it as an urban village

Demographic census of village

Understanding need of good life

Development of architectural
Plan and preparation of estimation
Including a relocation plan.

Preparation of project execution plan

Submission of plan and estimation for approval of appropriate authorities.

Manpower planning, recruitment and training. Integrating with NREGA

Working capital sourcing and deployment plan do

Fixed expenditure and capital deployment plan.

Identification of Indian and international funding agencies such as USAID/ODA UK etc.
State department of rural development, HUDCO, philanthropic organizations.

Material and energy need quantification. Approval of minor mining

Setting brick/block making plant for use in project. Local approvals

Start of execution of project 1st phase.

Basic concept of Urban Village.

One plus one 3 room houses with kitchen/verandah/courtyard/ two toilets and baths/ for a family of 4 made with local material and incorporating insulation, water harvesting and earthquake resistance features.

Community buildings

Panchyat Ghar and police station

Post office cum internet kiosk and bank extension counter.
School
Village dispensary.
Pond 1 for water storage and aqua culture.
Pond 2 for recreation and drip irrigation.
One temple / One Masjid both surrounded by a mela ground/ sports fields.
Craft Center.
Village garage for vans
Village Dhaba specially if located on high way plus craft vending kiosk patterned like haats.
Village dairy farm
Village Poultry farm.
Food processing unit
Village resort to promote rural tourism.
Gobar gas and compost plant.

Special mention: Size of ponds and wells shall be determined by water irrigation, drinking water, industrial need of village and quantity of bricks and blocks for residential dwelling units and community building and pavers for village roads, embankments etc. THIS ALSO THE CENTRAL IDEA.

Framework for assessing viability of project:

A)Viability = Cost procuring building material and Labour – Cost of procuring building material and labour.

B)Environment cost of conventional building construction technology – Environment cost of sustainable building technology with local material and local talent.

Social and economic benefit of creating modern infrastructure in village – ( A + B ).

Assessment of scope of funding the project from individual departments such as

Departments of post & telegraph.
Department of health and family planning.
Department of social welfare.
Department of IT.
Department of Food and Agriculture.
Department of food processing.
Department of small scale industry and Khadi Gramodyog.
Department Education.
Department of alternative energy
Banks for loans to beneficiaries.
Revenue through advertisement and hoardings in village land.
Revenue from aqua, poultry and village craft and small industry.
Grants and aids from government agencies and foreign agencies. .

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