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April 14, 2011

he United States of America and the State of Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today regarding Cooperation to Enhance Global Food Security. The MOU was signed by Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Dr. Khalid Al-Attiya, Minister of State for International Cooperation. 

April 12, 2011

In a speech at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan, on April 9, USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg announced a new USAID global grant program to increase the substantive involvement of women in peace processes. Grants of up to $2 million each, totaling up to $14 million, may be made available for projects that directly address the objectives of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls for supporting the essential role of women in all aspects of peace and security, recognizing their leadership in peacemaking, and ending sexual violence in conflict.

April 12, 2011

Mark Lopes, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean met today with the Chilean International Development Agency (AgCI). The talks were aimed at implementing the recently-signed Memorandum of Understanding to advance trilateral cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

April 7, 2011

During his April 4-6 visit to Nicaragua, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mark Lopes, helped celebrate the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement's (CAFTA-DR) 5th Anniversary. Over 300 business leaders, producers, small business owners and government officials attended the event, which was co-sponsored by USAID and the INCAE Business School.

April 6, 2011

“Today, April 7, the world commemorates World Health Day. This year’s theme focuses on combating the steadily growing public health threat posed by antimicrobial drug resistance -- a growing problem with implications for both national and global security. Drug resistance also threatens to reverse global health gains by making currently available first-line medicines less effective.

March 31, 2011
Highlights Results and New Reforms Across Past Year on the 50th Anniversary of the Agency's Creation

Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today released the Agency's first annual letter on Twitter.

March 29, 2011

U.S. and Kenyan officials today congratulated 262 graduates of AFRICA LEAD, a continent-wide program that is training agriculture leaders to implement regional and country agriculture investment plans.

March 24, 2011

"Today, March 24, the world commemorates World Tuberculosis (TB) Day by celebrating the tremendous progress that has been made in combatting this disease. Milestones include a 35 percent decline in mortality since 1990, a 14 percent decrease in the prevalence of TB between 1990 and 2009, and the emergence of new diagnostic technologies that can detect multi-drug resistant TB.

March 22, 2011

The United States and Brazil have agreed to expand their joint technical cooperation in third countries. A protocol of intentions signed on the eve of President Obama's trip to Brazil builds on the existing collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC).

March 22, 2011

USAID and Walmart signed an agreement on March 14 to support small rural farmers in Central America and to connect them to the retailer’s regional and international supply chains. The new partnership links Feed the Future, the U.S. government's global hunger and food security initiative, with Walmart's Global Sustainable Agriculture Goals.

March 22, 2011

Today, USAID marks World Water Day with a renewed commitment to assisting the more than 800 million people around the world without access to clean, safe drinking water, and the more than 2.6 billion people who lack access to improved sanitation.

March 14, 2011

In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that includes disaster response experts, nuclear experts, as well as urban search and rescue (USAR) teams from Fairfax County and the Los Angeles County Fire Departments. The USAR teams arrived at Misawa Air Base, Japan on Sunday and included 144 personnel, 12 canines trained to detect live victims and 45 tons of equipment.

March 14, 2011

This morning, Eric G. Postel was sworn in as the new Assistant Administrator for the Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade Bureau (EGAT) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

March 12, 2011

At the request of the Government of Japan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams from Fairfax County and Los Angeles County to assist in the rescue effort in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

March 11, 2011

In response to the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is dispatching a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and has mobilized its partners, the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team and the Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Team. Each USAR team will be composed of approximately 72 personnel, search and rescue canines and approximately 75 tons of rescue equipment.

March 9, 2011

Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, was launched today to seek innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in rural, low-resource settings. This partnership leverages the collective resources of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and The World Bank. 

March 8, 2011

This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The global community has come far since that first anniversary, but progress must still be made. Too many countries continue to face gaps in gender quality, women's empowerment, and the welfare of their women and girls. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to overcoming these gaps.

March 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On March 9th, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Government of Norway, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and The World Bank will announce a new partnership that will seek innovative solutions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries.

March 4, 2011

At approximately 5:00pm and 6:00pm local time, two C-130 military transport planes will be landing in Djerba, Tunisia delivering humanitarian supplies from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

March 4, 2011

 The U.S. Senate confirmed Eric G. Postel as USAID's Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT) on March 3, 2011.

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