President Obama yesterday  recommited to the pledges made in his July 2009  speech in Ghana and  stated that the G8 was announcing a New Alliance for nutrition and food security that would accelerate the  progress made to date.  There are several key components of the New Alliance: an historical acknowledgement of African leaders as leaders of African efforts to end poverty and undernutrition, an emphasis on improved policies, donor concordance with African policy priorities, and accountability for progress against poverty.  President Obama also emphasized positive relationships with the private sector, although I think the emphasis on African leadership, donor concordance, and accountability are the key underpinning concepts that enable any meaningful relationship with the private sector.

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