SEATTLE — As of 2017, nearly 800 million people in the world remain hungry, and the global population continues to skyrocket. With this comes the need to expand food production by at least 60 percent by 2050 to meet demands and close in on global hunger. Feed The Future is one such organization actively helping smallholder food producers and bettering their markets around the world while taking on an additional 12 target countries to focus efforts in as it takes on its second phase of operations.
Created by the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative in 2010, Feed The Future is guided by multiple goals working with some of the world’s most underdeveloped countries. This includes improving agricultural production and food security, which in turn brings economic opportunities that can benefit the U.S.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, between 2009 and 2016, $1 billion was gained from food and agriculture exported to Feed The Future focus countries. The organization also works to build resilience to shocks that lead to famines or political unrest, paying special attention to hunger and nutrition among mothers and children, and facilitates the exchange of ideas and technology abroad.
Feed The Future initially concentrated operations in 19 countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. These countries were chosen for exhibiting accurate levels of need, potential for growth due to Feed The Future programs, opportunities for partnership and regional efficiencies and host government commitment and resource availability.
USAID Administrator Mark Green announced the second phase of Feed the Future in August, involving 12 focus countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda. For this phase, the focus will be on promoting long-term and sustainable development that invites in partners to support local development with smart agriculture, so that citizens actually lift themselves out of poverty.
The strategy includes an in depth five-year integrated strategy for Fiscal Years 2017 to 2021, drafted together by 11 U.S federal departments to create consistency across the U.S approach, goals, monitoring and evaluation as well as agency-specific plans.
These announcements have come a year after the passage of the U.S Global Food Security Act, which required the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy.
Between 2011 and 2016, nine million people were lifted out of poverty, 1.7 million households escaped from hunger, 1.8 million children avoided stunting and poverty was reduced by 19 percent in Feed The Future target regions. Addressing poverty through its unique and targeted country approach, Feed The Future is making measurable differences in the lives of those living in hunger plus those investing in opportunities for growth abroad, and is swiftly closing in on the global hunger crisis.
– Zar-Tashiya Khan