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Johanns to cosponsor Feed the Future bill

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., announced today that he would cosponsor a bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey, R-Pa. to make the Feed the Future program a permanent part of the U.S. Agency for International Development structure.

The Obama administration has used executive authority to establish Feed the Future, a program to enhance agriculture, especially for small farmers, in developing countries, and to advance agricultural research.

Casey has been working on the bill for several months and searching for a Republican cosponsor.

"Feed the Future is based on the adage, 'teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime,'" Johanns said in an email to The Hagstrom Report."This legislation is designed to help hungry nations around the world develop smart, long-term , country-specific ag policy. The goal is to help these nations independently meet the nutrition needs of their people."

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah said in an email to The Hagstrom Report.

"What a tremendous statement of bipartisan support for America's efforts to end global hunger, under-nutrition, and extreme poverty," Shah said. "Feed the Future demonstrates a new model of development, one working alongside partner governments, the private sector, civil society, and innovators to help the world's most vulnerable communities progress from dependency to self-sufficiency. This is a true expression of American values."

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–The Hagstrom Report