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January 30, 2010 - The Lancet
"Rajiv Shah at USAID: reviving nutrition for the world’s poor"

In Volume 375, Issue 9712 (pages 355–357), Keith West and Robert Black discuss what Rajiv Shah’s appointment as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) can mean for the world’s undernourished. The authors argue that Shah has, "the unique credentials and experience needed to lead USAID towards integrating agriculture, nutrition, and food security in the years ahead," which is especially important given the strengthens and weaknesses of The US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.

Many of the nutrition interventions highlighted in the article have already been adopted by HKI: micronutrient interventions (i.e. vitamin A, zinc, and iron); exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life; and complementary or therapeutic foods for malnourished children.