Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.
Each year, billions of dollars are invested in agricultural systems with the aim of reducing poverty, raising productivity, and closing yield gaps. Our ability to improve these systems, however, is limited by our ability to assess the effectiveness of the policies or programs put into place to...
Vietnam was one of the first countries to ratify the UNFCCC. With domestic resources, Viet Nam's National Determined Contribution will reduce GHG emissions by 8% by 2030 compared to business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. This contribution could be increased by up to 25% with international support. A...
Current capabilities for effective at-scale monitoring of smallholder agricultural systems are limited at best. However, increased availability of high- and medium-resolution Earth observation (EO) data and modern computational capacities mean that the promise of EO data for effective agricultural...
The objectives of this webinar are to introduce Feed the Future's new agrometeorological context indicators (rainfall, greenness, and temperature), discuss how the new indicators are calculated, and explain how you can use them to interpret agricultural measures like yield or input use. Kiersten...
The Climate Hazards Center (CHC) and affiliates use a variety of tools and data sets, including Earth observations, to make advance predictions of rainfall and other factors that influence the livelihoods and overall food security of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Researchers have begun to empirically demonstrate the extent to which degradation of natural systems impact the health, food security and nutrition of human populations.
May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity. This year, we mark the day in the wake of a dire UN report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services warning that nature is declining globally at unprecedented rates
This is the second blog of our series on building private sector resilience. The first blog in this series, Building Private Sector Resilience to Support Smallholders , explored the vulnerabilities many for-profit businesses face and how strengthening them also helps strengthen smallholder farmer’s...
This post was written by Matt Finer, PhD, Senior Research Specialist & Director of MAAP, Amazon Conservation and Anupa Deshpande, MPH, Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, USAID/BFS. As society aims to increase food security for a growing population, in part through...
Women’s empowerment is a common term in development with an uncommon number of interpretations—organizational and programmatic approaches to promoting women’s empowerment can vary significantly by sector and the frameworks that guide them. As we embark on the Feed the Future Advancing Women’s...
The Legume Systems Innovation Lab is extending the Request for Concept Notes for Area of Inquiry 1: Integration of legumes into sustainable smallholder farming systems and agricultural landscapes. Proposals must be submitted on the Piestar RFx website by May 27, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight...
In central and southern parts of the subregion, planting of main season crops across Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and northern Tanzania has been disrupted by delayed onset of the March-May rains and severe early-season dryness coupled with above average temperatures.
Landscapes on Earth are changing at unprecedented rates. In the Lower Mekong region, officials have struggled to manage landscape changes partly because they lack sufficient access to geospatial technology and data to monitor land cover changes and guide land use decisions.
In over sixty years of armed conflict in Colombia, more than 220,000 have died and millions have been displaced, creating poverty and hardship that could last for generations. New research is seeking insights on promoting mobility and resilience even in these extreme environments.
Although access to piped water services has increased, there is often a gap between the water services promised by utilities and the water services that people receive.
In Swahili, the word “Daima” means “last forever.” That is why Nasujuu Lufle Gambare (Rose), Marian Galgithele and Ntubulwa Lekapina chose the name “Daima” for their butchery business in Loglogo in remote northern Kenya. Their dream was to start something that would last forever. They never...
Tom Lalampaa, CEO of the Northern Rangelands Trust , remembers, “When I was a child, the grasslands here were in very good condition. But there were fewer people then, and fewer livestock than there are now.”
Whether by humanitarian organizations, governments, insurance companies or farmers, top-dollar decisions are constantly being made that could benefit from more timely and accurate information.
This month, Climatelinks is featuring geospatial tools and analysis. When it comes to climate change, geospatial tools and analysis provide innovative methods of visualizing drivers, threats and impacts.
NASA Harvest, in partnership with SERVIR, a joint venture between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is working with the government of Uganda to help predict crop failure and drought.
Estimating the impact of agricultural projects and policies is a vexing problem for many development professionals. On the one hand development professionals often declare ‘success’ if yields increase; on the other hand, they often blame the weather if yields decline.
From the launch of Landsat I in 1972 until today, satellites have captured critical, continuous information about the Earth’s natural resources and the changing human footprint, particularly regarding agriculture.
How might satellites be able to shed light on local-level livelihoods? A simple rule of thumb is that if humans can detect things in imagery that might be predictive of local-level livelihoods, we can train a computer to do it as well.
What happens to gender issues in agriculture and climate change adaptation when they are mainstreamed and domesticated in different governance levels?
The Ferlo region of north-central Senegal is a vast expanse of dry savannah covering over a third of the country’s total area. With only a few small, scattered settlements, this region is almost exclusively reserved for pastoralism, both by tradition and government policy.
Growth in Mali’s agriculture sector dropped following a civil war beginning in 2012. After five years, however, the country is normalizing and development actors around the world are re-focusing interventions, prompting them to revisit and redevelop strategies from 2012 in the context of 2019. To...
During the current 2018-2019 maize growing season now under harvest, southern Africa experienced some of the driest conditions in the monitoring record, dating back to 1984. The result of these drought conditions has been crop failure across the worst-affected areas.
Lutheran World Relief is helping make NASA’s satellite imagery more meaningful. No, we haven’t become aerospace experts. It’s our work here on Earth that is making the difference.
Since July 2016, the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Climate Hazards Center (CHC) has worked with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) through support from the SERVIR-Applied Sciences Team (AST) program to empower technical professionals...
Satellite data suggests poverty is falling faster than we thought, but it’s probably not reliable enough to trust for targeting social programs – at least not yet.
Timely and accurate data on local-level food security outcomes is key to both targeting interventions to populations in need, and to understand whether interventions had their intended benefit. Unfortunately, reliable data on local-level food security and related outcomes is often scarce
Agrilinks' May theme is "Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture." Learn why earth observations data are essential to Feed the Future and other global food security programs!
In 2015, amongst fields of tomatoes, cucurbits, and other vegetables, the IPM Innovation Lab conducted a training in Nepal. It was not long before the team made the distressing discovery that almost 100 percent of the crops were virus-infected...
Update : Responses to submitted questions about this RFA are now available. Concept papers are due May 24, 2019 , and final proposals by July 24, 2019. For more information about the funding opportunity and for application instructions, please visit https://rfx.piestar.com/ opportunities/fish . The...
The Climate Hazards Center (CHC) and affiliates use a variety of tools and data sets, including Earth observations, to make advance predictions of rainfall and other factors that influence the livelihoods and overall food security of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Researchers have begun to empirically demonstrate the extent to which degradation of natural systems impact the health, food security and nutrition of human populations.
May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity. This year, we mark the day in the wake of a dire UN report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services warning that nature is declining globally at unprecedented rates
This is the second blog of our series on building private sector resilience. The first blog in this series, Building Private Sector Resilience to Support Smallholders , explored the vulnerabilities many for-profit businesses face and how strengthening them also helps strengthen smallholder farmer’s...
This post was written by Matt Finer, PhD, Senior Research Specialist & Director of MAAP, Amazon Conservation and Anupa Deshpande, MPH, Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist, USAID/BFS. As society aims to increase food security for a growing population, in part through...
Women’s empowerment is a common term in development with an uncommon number of interpretations—organizational and programmatic approaches to promoting women’s empowerment can vary significantly by sector and the frameworks that guide them. As we embark on the Feed the Future Advancing Women’s...
The Legume Systems Innovation Lab is extending the Request for Concept Notes for Area of Inquiry 1: Integration of legumes into sustainable smallholder farming systems and agricultural landscapes. Proposals must be submitted on the Piestar RFx website by May 27, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight...
In central and southern parts of the subregion, planting of main season crops across Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and northern Tanzania has been disrupted by delayed onset of the March-May rains and severe early-season dryness coupled with above average temperatures.
Just a few years ago, there was a dearth of information about women’s empowerment in agriculture. Today, thanks in large part to the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI), there is a lot more, rich data about women’s empowerment in the sector. Collecting and analyzing the information is...
Eighty minutes each day, or a little more than 9 hours every week, is on average what women in developing countries would gain if unpaid work was equalized between women and men. Women do more unpaid agricultural work than men and disproportionately spend time on unpaid care work. Unpaid care work...