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Feed the Future

Two Ethiopian farmers by the river.
Two Ethiopian farmers by the river.
USAID Ethiopia

At the core of USAID’s strategy to support Ethiopia’s Economic Growth and Transformation Plan is the Feed the Future Initiative.

In 2009, President Obama pledged at least $3.5 billion dollars over a period of three years as part of Feed the Future, a global initiative to improve agricultural development and food security in 19 countries in need. Through Feed the Future, the U.S. supports the Government of Ethiopia’s commitment to country-led development programs that facilitate economic growth and development. These initiatives also provide USAID and collaborating U.S. Government agencies with a unique and promising opportunity to assist in implementing a transformative food security strategy aligned with Ethiopian objectives.

Ethiopia can be divided into three regions based on agricultural and ecological conditions:

Three Ethiopias.
Three Ethiopias.
  • Productive Ethiopia: High rainfall, fertile soil, predictable climate, larger landholdings, crop, vegetable, and dairy production

  • Food Insecure Ethiopia: Low rainfall, irregular climate, small landholdings, degraded soil, labor, sheep and goat production

  • Pastoral Ethiopia: Large grazing areas, irregular climate, cattle and camel production

The Feed the Future strategy [PDF, 1.3MB] in Ethiopia pilots new and innovative approaches that link these three regions into a comprehensive network that generates economic growth for Ethiopia. Under Feed the Future, the U.S. also strengthens its overall approach by integrating activities and initiatives that address cross-cutting issues of nutrition, climate change, private sector development, humanitarian assistance, governance and gender.

USAID Ethiopia’s Feed the Future Strategy focuses on three core components: agricultural growth-enabled food security, linking the vulnerable to markets, and fostering a regulatory environment and private sector conducive to economic growth.

Activities Include

  • Agricultural Growth Program – Agribusiness Market Development: Support the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Plan (AGP) by improving the competitiveness of selected crop value chains that offer job and income opportunities for rural households.

  • Agricultural Growth Program- Livestock Market Development: Support the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Plan (AGP) by improving smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains.

  • Agricultural Transformation Agency: Enhance the capability of the Ministry of Agriculture and other public, private and non‐governmental implementing partners with project management, capability building, technical assistance and knowledge sharing.

  • Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP): Capture lessons learned from Feed the Future activity implementation and support policy reform in the agriculture sector and gauge successes and challenges of innovative approaches.

  • Baseline Survey for Feed the Future Zone of Influence in Ethiopia: Assess the progress and impact of the Feed the Future program at the midpoint and final.

  • Better Potato for a Better Life: Create sustainable access of poor farmers to high quality potato and sweet potato planting material to reduce food insecurity and improve nutrition for 250,000 households in SNNPR and Tigray regions. Enhance income through establishment of value chains and strengthen public and private sector stakeholders to address key constraints in potato and sweet potato production systems.

  • Camel Value Chain Development in Somali Region: Make camel milk production into a profitable business.

  • Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security (CIAFS): Raise awareness of international best practices in agriculture development and promote knowledge of policy alternatives. Empower key policy makers to advocate for policy reform and increase the efficiency of program management.

  • Commercial Farm Services Program: Develop six private, retail input supply and farm service businesses and one wholesale supply cooperative to serve as an innovative model for scaling up private farm supply and service networks.

  • Empowering New Generations with Improved Nutrition and Economic Opportunity (ENGINE): Use sustainable, comprehensive, and coordinated interventions to improve the nutritional status of women and young children. Focus on strengthening nutrition programs and policy, health care services, community-oriented care and practices, and a rigorous learning agenda.

  • Environmental Entrepreneurship Program: Benefit youth and women in four woredas (districts) through job creation in rehabilitated communal areas contributing to their overall economic empowerment and sustainable management of the environment.

  • Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP): Targeted research and capacity building provided to the Government of Ethiopia’s Institute for Agriculture Research through a grant to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Farmer to Farmer: Provide transfer of knowledge and expertise from American volunteers to farmers, farm groups, and agribusinesses in developing and transitional countries.

  • Graduation with Resilience to Sustainable Development (GRAD): Graduate 50,000 households (200,000 people) in 16 districts from the Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP) through increased income and creation of assets that enhance their livelihoods potential.

  • Land Administration to Nurture Development (LAND): Build on USAID's substantial past investments to improve land governance and land administration and strengthen land tenure rights in Ethiopia and thereby promote economic growth, increase agricultural productivity, reduce conflict and resource degradation and improve women’s rights to control and manage assets.

  • Participating Agency Program Agreement (PAPA): Through financial support to U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, build communities' capacity on food security-related techniques, natural resource management, nutrition, and child health issues.

  • Pastoralist Areas Resilience Improvement and Market Expansion (PRIME): Target pastoral areas of Ethiopia to promote the viability and resiliency of pastoralist communities through market development and natural resource management.

  • Rapid Deployment of High-Yielding and Rust-Resistant Wheat Varieties: Utilize demand-driven approaches to expand distribution and promote adoption of new rust-resistant wheat varieties.

  • Smallholder Horticulture Project (SHH): Partnership between USAID and MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, to promote economic growth of small-scale horticulture holders by strengthening the commercial viability of fruit and vegetable production.

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Transformation for Enhanced Resilience (WATER): Improve access to clean and sustainable water sources for target communities in the Somali, Afar and Oromia regions and enhance public awareness on natural resources to prevent rangeland degradation.


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Last updated: September 21, 2014

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