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October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the development and evaluation of behavioral approaches to tackle household air pollution. Half of the world's population cooks with solid fuels on poorly functioning stoves or open fires, primarily using wood or other biomass. Nearly 2 million people, mostly women and children, die each year as a consequence of household air pollution levels that are typically 100 times greater than World Health Organization air quality guidelines.

October 14, 2011

Today, in Atlanta, Georgia, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah delivered remarks at Morehouse College. At the conclusion of his remarks he presented the 10th Anniversary Private-Sector Development Partner Award to The Coca-Cola Company, which has implemented more than two dozen programs over nearly a decade demonstrating how the U.S. Government and corporations can work together to solve global problems.

October 13, 2011

On Friday, October 14, USAID Administrator Raj Shah heads to Atlanta, Georgia to meet with leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and to give a speech at Morehouse College.

October 13, 2011

On October 13, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and its implementing partners Save the Children and Joint Aid Management, launched the Jonglei Food Security Program to support communities and the government of South Sudan in addressing the root causes of food insecurity throughout Jonglei State.

October 12, 2011

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg swore in Dr. Barry K. Primm as the new Mission Director for Sudan. He is the first Mission Director to lead USAID's assistance to Sudan following the secession of South Sudan in July, when the former Sudan field office in Juba was designated the new USAID Mission in South Sudan.

October 7, 2011

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Bureau for Food Security (BFS) has made great strides in fulfilling USAID's leadership role in the President's Feed the Future initiative. As the initiative moves forward, the importance of science and research is taking on an even larger role. 

October 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna and Paul Weisenfeld, the USAID Bureau for Food Security Assistant to the Administrator, will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, during the week of October 10, 2011 to participate in events surrounding the World Food Prize (WFP) and Borlaug Dialogue international symposium. She will accompany U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose W. Fernandez and Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security Jonathan Shrier.

October 6, 2011

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Office in Baku on September 29th signed a grant agreement to collaborate on combating trafficking in persons and improving access to the justice system in Azerbaijan. Michael Greene, USAID Azerbaijan Mission Director, and Ambassador Koray Targay, Head of OSCE Office in Baku, signed the agreement.

October 6, 2011

Today U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg and President Porfirio Lobo Sosa of Honduras met to discuss bilateral and regional economic and citizen security issues. President Lobo is in Washington at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

October 3, 2011

On September 29, senior U.S. and Salvadoran officials continued discussions on an aggressive set of actions designed to increase economic growth in El Salvador. The discussions, which were carried out under the aegis of President Obama's Partnership for Growth (PFG) effort with El Salvador, included representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Departments of State, Justice, Treasury and Commerce, along with a Salvadoran delegation headed by Technical Secretary Dr. Alexander Segovia in Washington.

October 3, 2011

This morning Mandy Moore and Barbara P. Bush will join high-level officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to discuss how less than one percent of the federal budget is saving lives, developing new markets for U.S. products and protecting our borders from infectious disease.

September 27, 2011
Agency Joins Gates, Gatsby, J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller and Others to Help Agriculture-Based Businesses in Africa

As East Africa struggles with skyrocketing food prices and the region's worst drought in 60 years, the U.S. Agency for International Development, together with six partners, today announced a first-of-its-kind effort to invest $25 million in small and medium sized enterprises.

September 26, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On September 26th, Mara Rudman joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau, having been confirmed by the United States Senate on September 13, 2011.

Nominated by President Obama in February, Rudman joins the USAID leadership team with an aim to ensure that the best and most innovative initiatives are implemented effectively in the Middle East region.

September 26, 2011

A team of three from American University was selected the Washington winner of the first U.S.-Russia Codeathon, a weekend-long, trans-Atlantic gathering of volunteer computer programmers and civil society experts taking place in both Moscow and Washington, D.C. The 30-hour-long, timed event saw software designers or computer science students in both locations work to address challenges and issues related to open governance in both countries that had been raised by civil society groups as part of the expanded dialogue between U.S. and Russian civil society organizations, which is part of the Obama-Medvedev Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC).

September 23, 2011

On September 21, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State hosted a half-day conference that brought together 50 representatives from the private, academic, and not-for-profit sectors involved in promoting and spurring entrepreneurship around the world.

September 23, 2011

On September 27 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, will host a photo exhibit and book launch in the Amazon Science Gallery of the National Zoo to celebrate achievements of the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA).

September 21, 2011

NEW YORK, N.Y. - At a high profile event during the UN General Assembly in New York, Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of USAID, and Andrew Mitchell, UK Secretary for International Development, highlighted a set of programs as bringing about a significant step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are a set of internationally agreed targets on reducing global poverty by 2015.

September 21, 2011
Innovative Public-Private Partnership Aims to Produce Ready-To-Use Food Supplement, Increase Crop Productivity, and Develop Domestic and Export Market for Chickpeas

The U.S. Agency for International Development, PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP), the PepsiCo Foundation, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today a groundbreaking public-private partnership to dramatically increase chickpea production and promote long-term nutritional and economic security in Ethiopia. The initiative, called Enterprise EthioPEA, is being unveiled today by the partners at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City.

September 20, 2011

The three Saving Lives at Birth transition grant nominees with the most promising solutions to address the causes of maternal and newborn deaths in rural areas of the developing world were announced this evening at the Every Woman Every Child reception hosted by UN Special Envoy Ray Chambers.

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