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What is Feed the Future?
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s initiative to end global hunger. Its core tenets are partnership and innovation: partnering across 11 U.S. Government agencies, the public sector and the private sector, and investing in innovation to stay on the cutting edge of agricultural transformation, which benefits people abroad and in the United States.
How does Feed the Future determine what countries to work in?
Feed the Future’s goal is to one day empower communities to feed themselves. In alignment with this mission, Feed the Future works with countries with great need and opportunity for improvement, and are committed to improving their own food security and nutrition. Click here to learn more.
Why does the U.S. Government have an interest in solving global hunger?
For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global development and humanitarian assistance.
Not only is ending global hunger a moral imperative, in an increasingly interconnected and borderless world, stability and prosperity of communities around the world directly impact U.S. interests. For example, many American-made food products depend on foreign commodities. By protecting and strengthening key parts of U.S. businesses’ supply chains, Feed the Future directly promotes U.S. economic prosperity and supports U.S. jobs.
How is USAID’s role in Feed the Future different from other U.S. government agencies?
Feed the Future is a collaborative interagency effort led by USAID. Feed the Future’s Deputy Coordinator for Development at USAID drives the interagency process, ensuring relevant U.S. Government agencies and departments are engaged in formulating policies, strategies and monitoring criteria for Feed the Future.
Learn more about Feed the Future’s Deputy coordination for Development Jim Barnhart here.
Learn more about each of Feed the Future’s interagency partners here.
What is the Global Food Security Act and Global Food Security Strategy, and how are they related to Feed the Future?
The Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) was developed by 12 U.S. Government agencies and departments. This strategy presents an integrated approach to combating the root causes of hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The strategy maintains key tenets of the original Feed the Future model while making adjustments to account for changes in the global context and lessons learned. Of particular note, resilience is elevated within the strategy’s objectives, alongside agriculture-led growth and improved nutrition. The strategy guides Feed the Future implementation across the interagency.
The Global Food Security Act (GFSA) codified the U.S. Government’s commitment to ending world hunger. First passed in 2016, this bipartisan piece of legislation marked a shift in the way the United States supports food security by outlining a comprehensive approach to development and humanitarian programs that promotes working across a broad bench of U.S. and global stakeholders. With a focus on the role of women, nutrition, technology, markets, agricultural value chains and trade, the GFSA supports programs that build self-reliance and resilience. It also established parameters for robust Congressional oversight, monitoring and evaluation of impact.
Learn more here.
Where do I go for specific information about Feed the Future’s programs and partners? How do I get in touch with a Feed the Future spokesperson or subject matter expert?
The best way to reach Feed the Future is by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I stay up to date on Feed the Future activities?
We’re so glad you asked! Sign up for Feed the Future’s monthly newsletter here [need link]. You can also check out our social media feeds (see below), and our blog for the latest and greatest.
What is “agriculture-led growth”?
The agriculture sector is the backbone economies in countries where Feed the Future works. It not only serves as a source of jobs and income, it is also the source for nutritious food.
That’s why agriculture is the heart of Feed the Future’s work. Strengthening the capacity of all participants throughout the food and agriculture system—i.e., agriculture-led growth—allows markets and supply chains to prosper, while allowing households to have access to safe and nutritious food.
What is “resilience”?
At its core, resilience is a very intuitive idea. It’s the ability to get back up after a fall; it’s being able to adapt in the face of a challenge. In development, resilience is used to convey systemic change—not just in the face of a current crisis, but also future crises to come.
Resilience protects and accelerates progress in agriculture-led growth and good nutrition. When communities are better able to cope with adversity and adapt successfully to change, it advances their progress in achieving self-reliance.