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Clinton Announces Plans To Increase Food Program Funding In Tanzania

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the Obama administration plans to increase funding for nutrition programs in Tanzania as part of its Feed the Future initiative, VOA News reports (Stearns, 6/12).

As part of a trip to Africa, Clinton was in Tanzania on Sunday where she toured USAID projects, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday reports. In the piece, Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff and food security counselor, discusses the administration’s food security efforts and the focus on women and girls in development (Keleman, 6/12). “The Obama administration is asking the U.S. Congress to approve a nearly $70 million investment to support Tanzania’s plan, and is increasing its nutritional funding to $6.7 million,” according to a State Department Bureau of International Information Programs article (6/12).

Also from the trip to Tanzania, the State Department has a transcript of remarks from Clinton’s meeting with Tanzanian Prime Minster Mizengo Pinda and Irish Deputy Prime Minister Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (6/12). A media note documents Clinton’s trip to the Buguruni health center and a transcript of her remarks there is also available (6/12).

Ahead of her visit to Tanzania, Clinton said that African nations should be aware of China’s intentions on the continent, Reuters reports. “Clinton, asked in a television interview in Zambia on Saturday about China’s rising influence on the continent, said Africans should be wary of friends who only deal with elites. ‘We don’t want to see a new colonialism in Africa,’ Clinton said in a television interview in Lusaka, the first stop on a five-day Africa tour,” Reuters writes.

“When people come to Africa to make investments, we want them to do well but also want them to do good,” Clinton said. “We don’t want them to undermine good governance in Africa (Quinn, 6/11).

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