At USAID: New Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator, A Planned Revamp of Food Security Bureau

The Obama administration’s flagship global food program, Feed the Future, has a new deputy coordinator in the person of Julie Howard.

Howard replaces William J. Garvelink as deputy coordinator for the initiative at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Garvelink will assume the role of senior development adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Defense Department. 

Prior to her new post, Howard was the executive director and CEO of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a group comprising U.S. and African experts promoting agriculture-led economic growth in Africa.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the personnel change March 15 in an internal USAID memo obtained by The Hagstrom Report and Agweek.

“The new deputy coordinator will focus on communication, donor and [non-governmental organization] engagement, interagency coordination and initiative-wide strategy and policy development, as well as overall [U.S. government] Feed the Future budget management and monitoring and evaluation. Day-to-day operational authority and accountability will remain with the bureau [Bureau of Food Security],” Shah said in a public announcement released March 16.

Feed the Future is supposed to be managed by an overall coordinator and two deputy coordinators – one at USAID and one at the State Department. Currently, the State Department is looking for a replacement to Patricia Haslach, who left her post of deputy coordinator to work on Iraq reconstruction, a USAID source said, according to Agweek.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has yet to name an overall coordinator for Feed the Future. 

USAID plans revamp of food security bureau

USAID’s newly launched Bureau of Food Security, which runs the Feed the Future initiative, will be reorganized, according to Shah.

The bureau, which was unveiled in November, will be restructured into four teams: country strategy implementation team; market access partnership team; research, development and thought leadership team; and resource management, planning and evaluation team.

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The bureau will also see two key personnel changes. Greg Gottlieb, who is currently deputy assistant to the administrator, will be promoted to senior deputy assistant to the administrator, while Tjada McKenna, who has been a special adviser on Feed the Future, is now deputy assistant to the administrator, Agweek reports.

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