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New U.S. aid strategy for global hunger gets praise

Bread for the World president and winner of the World Food Prize David Beckmann recently commended Feed the Future, a new U.S. anti-hunger program that aims to improve food production among 20 developing nations.

Even though Bread for the World has been critical of a lack of U.S. initiative to curb global poverty, the organization said in its 2011 Hunger Report that the Obama administration's Feed the Future program "may be the best opportunity in decades for the U.S. to make significant progress against global hunger."

The program is part of a general response to the 2008 food crisis, during which U.S. policymakers began refocusing their attention on agriculture-led development in order to stave off rising food costs.

Beckmann lauded the initiative, noting its distinct capacity to allow those receiving the aid to decide how to use it, whether it be funding for infrastructure, school nutrition programs, or seed and fertilizer supply. Beckmann also praised its promised attention to measuring child malnutrition.

"Makes sense, but it's hard to do, and it's often not been done," he said, according to Voice of America.

The news source reports that the administration will invest $3.5 billion over three years to fund the effort, which aims to combat poverty and malnutrition by helping farmers improve their productivity.
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