Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.
Food and water security are deeply entwined. 70 percent of global water use is for agriculture while more than 25 percent of the global population lives in areas facing severe water scarcity and more than 820 million people face chronic food deprivation. As the global population continues to rise...
The USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership ( SWS ) is holding a webinar on March 28 to discuss efforts to improve sanitation infrastructure and service delivery in the rapidly growing town of Debre Birhan in Ethiopia. SWS is working with local actors in Debre Birhan to strengthen the...
How best to secure land tenure for pastoralists is an ongoing challenge for governments, practitioners, lawyers, academics, and communities themselves. As a result, pastoral lands continue to be encroached, fragmented, excised, and lost whilst all important mobility of people and livestock is...
Although it might seem surprising, many Kenyan farmers, entrepreneurs and investors are intensely interested in the preparation of new regulations on the production and marketing of planting materials for vegetatively propagated crops (VPCs), such as potato and sweet potato. The new regulations may...
Unsafe food undermines food and nutritional security, human development, the broader food economy and international trade. You cannot have food security without food safety.
Sometimes, market systems inhibit productivity growth and depress livelihoods. Sometimes, there is too much market access for too many kinds of business, so too little is done to tackle problems of stagnant productivity and declining incomes for poor producers.
The FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has released its report on The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture .
Recent research by ODI CPAN, commissioned by the USAID Center for Resilience, investigated the resilience of households above the poverty line in Uganda and the Philippines. The research aimed to isolate the extent to which being “near-poor” makes households vulnerable to falling into poverty in...
The Food Safey Network (FSN) is seeking input on how to prioritize research on animal health issues in Feed the Future target countries. Please share your views by completing this survey by Friday, March 29.
On International Women's Day, learn how Feed the Future programming is reaching, benefiting and empowering women.
For this International Women’s Day, we see the promises and pitfalls of technology through the eyes of three Ethiopian women.
In Senegal, a community-based approach to zoonotic diseases links the health and livestock sectors.
In Niger, two destructive pests, the pearl millet head miner and the pearl millet stem borer, can cause up to 85 percent yield loss of millet -- a deadly problem in a food-insecure country where millet is the most important staple crop. To fight the pearl millet head miner, the IPM Innovation Lab,...
Is your organization creating a learning culture ? Are you collaborating with local partners to build self-reliance ? Do you pause and reflect to inform programmatic adaptations? Have you integrated evaluation recommendations ? If so, we want to hear about it, and other ways you're collaborating,...
Inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led growth requires overcoming systemic barriers that have disadvantaged women, who are estimated to be 40 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase their...
This report responds to a request by USAID/Nepal that USDA prepare an assessment of the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues impacting agricultural trade in Nepal and provide a roadmap toward developing a sound, modern SPS system.
The ability of the world’s poorest farmers and pastoralists to adapt to a changing climate will affect the food security of millions across the globe.
Can Sub-Saharan Africa feed itself? This is a question that has been asked for decades, but no satisfying answer has yet been found and is unlikely to be found in the near to medium-term future. Why?
A report from the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) highlights the need for increased, targeted funding to promote domestic food safety across Africa.
After two weeks of public voting on social media for the Agrilinks Photo Challenge finalists , we have our winners! We’re as pleased with “voter turnout” as we are with the quality of the images represented. We appreciate the hundreds of you who took the time to give these winning photos some love...
The USAID Center for Resilience commissioned the Overseas Development Institute , in conjunction with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) , to conduct research on resilience and poverty escapes in Niger and six other countries of interest to better understand the sources of resilience that...
Cambodia experienced rapid and sustained economic growth averaging nearly eight percent per year between 1994 and 2015 , ranking sixth in the world for growth and attaining middle income status in 2015. This is matched by impressive poverty reduction, which fell from 52 percent in 2004 to 13.5...
Winrock’s CREL project worked with the government, people and local NGOs to improve the conservation of ecologically significant areas such as Baika Beel by improving policy, strengthening local governance of resources, improving the environment and providing alternative livelihoods.
Each year, more than 550 youth development experts and innovators from 60+ countries convene at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Summit to deepen their knowledge and skills, expand their professional networks, and gain new insights on the social and economic trends impacting young...
A new model offers lenders a way to assess hard-to-quantify factors, such as group entrepreneurial spirit, in assessing microfinance loans.
At the Davos meeting of the World Economic Forum this January, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the state of the world as one “in which global challenges are more and more integrated, and the responses are more and more fragmented, and if this is not reversed, it’s a recipe for...
As part of a three-day Agriculture Finance Training at the Washington Learning Center, USAID — through the Investment Support Program — organized a panel of investors to speak about providing finance in the agricultural space. In particular, the panel focused on identifying the opportunities and...
In order to manage risk, successful farming increasingly takes place alongside diversification of livelihoods. As such, policy and program linkages within and between agriculture and other sectors are needed to ensure sustained escapes from poverty.
The Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) Online Learning Module Series is now available as a self-paced training program. The training includes an overview as well as more targeted modules that explore aspects of trade and finance. Participants will learn about the World Bank’s Enabling the...
Health intersects with resilience and sustained poverty escapes in at least three ways. Poor health can be a shock or stressor; act as an important form of human capital; and be an outcome in and of itself that needs to be protected.
What are the key elements to ensuring access to extension services? We found that the number of extension agents, staff professionalization and bureaucratic autonomy matter surprisingly little in shaping rural households’ access.
The Intra-African Agriculture Trade Improvement Scorecards capture relative performance on a range of elements that underpin an effective trading system for agriculture, providing data and analysis actionable at both at the regional and country levels.
Sustainable Intensification offers an approach to evaluate and balance the environmental, economic, and social objectives of agriculture, sustainably increasing the value of agriculture outputs relative to inputs by increasing efficiencies throughout the food system.
Prossy Namutebi is a young woman entrepreneur who runs a farm supply store in the village of Butenga, in southwestern Uganda. On this day, in her role as an agricultural extension agent, she is crouching with Evarista Namujuzi and her husband John Bosco Wamala as they sort maize and discuss post-...
Women lead approximately one-third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, but remain disproportionately underserved. They often face less favorable terms for financing and limited access to essential resources needed to build, sustain and grow their businesses. In fact,...
Agricultural production is only one of many factors that impacts global food security. Some factors, like gender, cannot be overlooked when the goal is to feed the world’s rapidly growing population.
Although it might seem surprising, many Kenyan farmers, entrepreneurs and investors are intensely interested in the preparation of new regulations on the production and marketing of planting materials for vegetatively propagated crops (VPCs), such as potato and sweet potato. The new regulations may...
Unsafe food undermines food and nutritional security, human development, the broader food economy and international trade. You cannot have food security without food safety.
Trusting in the power of local talent and ownership, the Feed the Future Senegal Naatal Mbay project has engaged, empowered and strengthened digital SMEs in Senegal.
Sometimes, market systems inhibit productivity growth and depress livelihoods. Sometimes, there is too much market access for too many kinds of business, so too little is done to tackle problems of stagnant productivity and declining incomes for poor producers.
The FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has released its report on The State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture .
Research and project evaluations frequently cite access to greater quantities and higher quality of feed as limiting factors to livestock production levels worldwide. Pasture grazing has been the traditional approach to livestock rearing, but land use has begun to shift.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access has just launched a new project in partnership with the Ghana Agricultural Insurance Pool (GAIP) to improve the quality of agricultural index insurance available to the nation’s small-scale farmers.