Food (In)Security – Governance and Accountability

Transparency and Accountability: Have the G8 achieved it?

In the final event of the series, we considered issues of governance and accountability with Julie Howard, Chief Scientist of the USAID Bureau for Food Security and Emily Alpert of ONE, an advocacy group fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.

Julie Howard
“From L’Aquila to Camp David:  Feed the Future and the US Commitment to Global Food Security”

Three years ago, at the L’Aquila G8 Summit, President Obama pledged to increase US spending on food security to $3.5 billion over three years, and led other G8 and G20 countries to commit an additional $18.5 billion.  A new US global hunger and food security strategy, Feed the Future, was created and USAID was charged with coordinating resources across the US Government and putting into practice the 2009 Rome Principles for Sustainable Food Security.  These principles include sustained investment in country-owned plans, results-based programs and partnerships, improved strategic coordination at multilateral, regional, national and local levels, and a “twin-track” approach that addresses immediate food  needs while laying a foundation for longer term food security and economic development.  Three years on, what are the emerging results and lessons from this fundamentally different approach to global food security and, following the Camp David G8 discussions, what’s next?

120522-howardJulie A. Howard is the Chief Scientist in the USAID Bureau for Food Security, which leads the implementation of Feed the Future, the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative. She also serves as Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator on Agricultural Research, Extension and Education. In this role, she oversees the implementation of the Feed the Future research strategy and leads related new programs to advance innovation in global food security efforts, working with both global and national partners. Dr. Howard previously served as Deputy Coordinator for Development for the Feed the Future initiative.

Emily Alpert
“Transparency and Accountability: Have the G8 achieved it?”

In response to global food price spikes in 2008 that pushed millions into poverty, the G8 plus another 5 donors pledged $22 billion in support for agriculture and food security to “take urgent action to eradicate hunger from the world.” Another 16 countries and 14 international organizations endorsed the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative and the Rome Principles on aid effectiveness. Donors also committed to being more transparent and accountable to their financial and qualitative promises. Looking back on the initiative, this talk will explore: what have the G8 and partners accomplished? Did they meet their goals? Were they transparent and accountable? What were the outcomes of the May 2012 G8? And, will the promises made at the 2012 G8 be enough to ensure a transparent and accountable food and nutrition security initiative?

120522-alpertEmily Alpert is the Senior Policy Manager for Agriculture and Food Security at ONE, a grassroots advocacy organization committed to fighting extreme poverty. She leads ONE’s advocacy and campaign work on agricultural development and food security issues. Previously, as Senior Policy Advisor at Oxfam America, Emily advised and represented Oxfam on the Doha Development Round, the US Farm Bill, agricultural development, and the impacts of biofuels and high food prices on food security. Supporting Oxfam’s programs and partner advocacy, Emily worked in Senegal, Mali and Cambodia. Prior to joining Oxfam, Emily was a Program Assistant at the German Marshall Fund. Emily has authored several papers and articles on the nexus of trade, agriculture and development.  She holds a B.A. and M.A. in international relations from the University of Denver.

This event is co-sponsored with the Global Health Initiative and University Communications.

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