Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Did You Know That Feed the Future has Seven Policy Areas?

When we talk about policy programming in Feed the Future, we’re referring to seven specific policy areas, which the Feed the Future interagency identified early on as crucial to promoting agricultural transformation across partner countries. These seven areas, along with illustrative policy challenges and examples, are listed in the table below.

Feed the Future Policy Areas and What They Mean in Practice

These Feed the Future  policy areas...

...address these kinds of policy challenges

Resilience and agricultural risk management

  • Support humanitarian needs assessments and policies
  • Generate evidence to inform social safety net programs
  • Help inform policy framework for climate-smart agriculture

Example: Strengthening safety nets in Bangladesh through partnerships and evidence

Agricultural inputs

  • Support reform of seed laws and regulations to make certified and other good-quality seed more widely available
  • Encourage and facilitate the development of networks of agrodealers that will make quality inputs available at reasonable prices, and also serve as a conduit for knowledge and tailored extension advice on improved, sustainable soil management
  • Support policy efforts to reduce counterfeiting, adulteration, mislabeling and other quality issues for fertilizers, pesticides and other inputs including animal feeds and veterinary drugs

Example: How to Tell Fake From Real? Consequences of Rapid Herbicide Market Growth in Mali and West Africa

Enabling environment for private sector investment

  • Improve access to agricultural financing to increase sector investment
  • Encourage strategy development at the national level to deal w/major concerns (e.g., unified policy for private-sector investment, strategic grain reserves and mitigation of commercial farming on smallholders).
  • Establish or enhance market information systems which are increasingly important to actors across the spectrum


  • Support the development and ratification of national policy for improved nutritional status
  • Encourage the establishment of institutional structure to support integrated government programs on nutrition
  • Support the development of regulations designed, formalized and implemented for improving food safety and food fortification

Example: Drivers of Micronutrient Policy Change in Zambia: An application of the Kaleidoscope Model

Or  https://www.spring-nutrition.org/publications/series/pathways-better-nutrition-country-case-studies

Land and natural resources tenure, rights and governance

  • Support process to improve land tenure certification/registration
  • Help provide analysis to guide laws and regulations governing land leasing/other mechanisms to facilitate access to land for larger-scale ag production
  • Improve land use and natural resource management planning frameworks, databases, etc.



Agricultural trade

  • Support analysis to help strengthen trade policies
  • Support efforts to simplify the administration of procedural barriers and integration of 1-stop border systems
  • Support the move toward transparent, science-based ag regulatory regimes, including improved SPS, grades and standards

Example: https://www.agrilinks.org/post/crossing-border-creating-business-friendly-environment-inclusive-economic-growth

Institutional Architecture

  • Improve local policy research institute data/analysis
  • Increase govt demand for evidence based policy analysis
  • Create cross-sectoral platform for inclusive policy dialogue and learning
  • Build agriculture stakeholder consensus on metrics to improve accountability for stakeholder commitment

Example: https://www.agrilinks.org/blog/developing-inclusive-multistakeholder-ag-policy-kenya