On November 22, Administrator Shah announced the creation of a Bureau of Food Security (BFS), “charged with driving the collective action necessary to end world hunger.” The bureau will lead the government-wide effort to implement President Obama's Feed the Future initiative, a multi-billion dollar international effort led by USAID to develop the agricultural sectors of a number of countries throughout the developing world.
Along with partners and stakeholders, the BFS will address the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses; support women to deliver lasting economic growth; build on research, innovation, and private sector-led growth; and increase investments in agricultural development and nutrition, while maintaining our support for humanitarian food assistance.
According to Administrator Shah, the "new Bureau will ensure Feed the Future is led inclusively, welcoming our expanded partnership with the State Department, the Department of Agriculture, the office of the US Trade Representative, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, amongst a host of other private sector and NGO partners."
Ambassador William Garvelink will head the new Bureau. Ambassador Garvelink has been serving for six months as Deputy Coordinator for Development of Feed the Future and for the past three years, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Greg Gottlieb has been named BFS Senior Deputy Assistant and also brings a wealth of experience in domestic and overseas assignments involving food assistance and food security issues.
For more information about the Feed the Future initiative, click here.