U.S. aid should refocus on broad-based approaches to improve agricultural growth and reduce poverty. This will mean a renewed emphasis on rural development, women’s participation, education, and infrastructure.
Malnutrition is staggeringly high, but research shows that interventions from pregnancy to age 2 can save millions of lives. Nutrition must be a central component of the new U.S. global food-security effort.
The United States must make a national commitment to ending poverty and establish indicators (e.g., hunger, health) to clearly measure progress. Even before the recession, 1 in 8 U.S. residents lived in poverty.
Trade, immigration, and technology transfer policy also reflect U.S. attitudes on development. So far, our country is not keeping its commitment to set policies that do not undermine efforts to reach the Millennium...
Effective foreign assistance is a critical U.S. response to the global hunger crisis. It requires clear objectives, country ownership, flexibility, long-term commitments, and adequate and reliable resources.
Higher agricultural productivity is necessary to reduce hunger, especially with spiking food prices. But in recent decades, both rich and poor countries have diverted resources from supporting agriculture.
Many countries are making extraordinary progress on the MDGs. But common barriers in fragile nations include poor starting conditions, weak governance and institutions, conflict, and environmental degradation.
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are an unprecedented effort by the global community to better the lives of hungry people. Taken together, the eight MDGs are a comprehensive vision of human development.