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Impacting Animal Health and Food Security Policy

Global Animal Health and Food Security Policy

At the Intersection of Environment, Animal Agriculture, and Food Security

Topic: Climate Change and Livestock - the Science, Politics, and Beliefs and how they may affect food security.

Date: May 14, through May 18, 2012


US AID (United States Agency for International Development)

US AID is an agency of the United States Government (the distinction between and agency and a department is important relative to governance). It was formed in 1961 through executive order (President Kennedy) and is the principal (but not the only) agency for extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, poverty, or implementing governance reform.

USAID plays a vital role in promoting U.S. national security, foreign policy, and the War on Terrorism. It does so by addressing poverty fueled by lack of economic opportunity, one of the root causes of violence today. As stated in the President's National Security Strategy, USAID's work in development joins diplomacy and defense as one of three key pieces of the nation's foreign policy apparatus. USAID promotes peace and stability by fostering economic growth, protecting human health, providing emergency humanitarian assistance, and enhancing democracy in developing countries. These efforts to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide represent U.S. values and advance U.S. interests for peace and prosperity.

USAID has developed "Feed the Future" ( as its guiding development program. One of the elements of Feed the Future is to "Enhance sustainability and resilience of production using a systems approach to environmental and natural resource management. Within that framework are considerations for mitigations in food and livestock production to address climate change.  Directly addressing Livestock and Climate Change is the US AID supported CRSP (Collaborative Research Support Program) on Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change ( A recent article in the New Agriculturalist highlighted an ongoing project in Tanzania (

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