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Camp David Accountability Report: Actions, Approach, Results

Camp David, Maryland, United States, May 19, 2012

Since 1975, the Group of Eight (G8) has met to discuss and take decisive action on pressing global challenges. As world leaders committed to achieving results and to the ideals of transparency and accountability, the G8 introduced an annual accountability report to mark the group’s progress in implementing agreed-upon actions and commitments.

Among the challenges to which the G8 has increasingly turned is global economic development: as an expression of shared humanity and in recognition of the growing interconnectedness of the world economy and in the contribution of low- and middle-income countries to global economic well-being. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) introduced clear targets for the world and encouraged global action, and yet the global food price crisis of 2007-2008 and the subsequent economic crisis have demonstrated how fragile development progress can be and how vulnerable poor people the world over are to economic shocks.

Launched at the G8 Summit in 2009, the L’Aquila Food Security Initiative (AFSI) represents a shared commitment to act with the scale and urgency needed to help low-income countries reverse the growing vulnerability of food and agricultural systems and achieve international targets to halve hunger and poverty. While global in scope, much of the L’Aquila effort has focused on supporting African countries in their efforts to strengthen smallholder farmer capacity and build food systems that are more resilient to shocks.

With 2012 marking the end of the three-year financial pledge period under AFSI, this accountability report (pdf, 1,775kb) will focus on the performance and action of the G8 in three key areas related to the initiative: food security, agricultural markets and trade, and nutrition. Because of longstanding G8 commitments to improving global health and the importance of health to nutrition outcomes—particularly for mothers and infants—the report also includes a section on G8 performance and actions related to health.

Camp David G-8 Accountability Report

Source: USAID