February 16, 2012
By Sung Lee
Secretary Clinton said the United States is placing more emphasis on "practicing high-impact development" and helping the countries to become more self-sufficient.
Speaking at a town hall meeting at the United States Agency for International Development, Clinton said that the State department's Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and the USAID Forward are producing results and getting maximum impact from every aid dollars.
The QDDR set four main lines of activities: 1) modernize diplomacy and development to match the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century; 2) transform our approach to development – strengthening the ability to elevate development as a pillar of civilian power alongside diplomacy and defense; 3) Prevent and respond to crises and conflicts through partnership; and 4) working better by working smarter.
Clinton said, “I mean, ultimately – it’s a very unlikely goal, but I think it’s an important one – we want to work ourselves out of the business. Our goal is self-sufficiency - people being able to feed themselves and have governments that care enough about their people to provide healthcare and do all the work that we know makes for a better life.”
Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah’s remarks are available here.
World Bank chief to step down, Wall Street Journal, February 16
World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Wednesday he would step down as scheduled when his term ends in June, setting the stage for a new leader to be named to the international lender in the coming weeks. The bank, which is owned by 187 nations and lends to developing economies, has been led by an American since its creation after World War II. The U.S. is the bank's largest shareholder.
China to buy $4.3 billion of Soybeans in deals with U.S. exporters in Iowa, Bloomberg, February 15
China, the world’s biggest soybean importer and consumer, signed agreements in Iowa to purchase 8.62 million metric tons of the oilseed from U.S. suppliers in a deal valued at $4.3 billion. China became the largest buyer of U.S. farm products in 2010, and last year boosted purchases to $22.17 billion, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show
Iowa and China have come full circle, Opinion, Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, Des Moines Register, February 15
When I welcome Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping to the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates today, it will represent both the culmination of my personal connection to that country over the past five decades, as well as a capstone marking the transformation of China during that period.
Iowa stop to show plus side of Chinese trade, Wall Street Journal, February 15
China was the biggest foreign buyer of U.S. agricultural goods in 2011, and much of what it bought were commodities big in Iowa, such as soybeans, pork and corn. Grain farmers in Iowa have enjoyed record returns in the past two years, and the state has the nation's sixth-lowest unemployment rate, at 5.6%. That makes the Hawkeye state welcoming terrain.
Smart weather data can make a difference, IRIN News, February 15
“When should we plant?” is a question increasingly being asked by small farmers in sub-Saharan Africa who depend on rain-fed agriculture. To help answer such questions, climate scientists are being urged to provide more reliable and relevant local climate data, and better communicate their knowledge on climate adaptation techniques.