- What We Do
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Increasing Food Security through Feed the Future
- Food Aid Reform
- Expanding and Enhancing Agricultural Markets and Trade
- Supporting Agricultural Capacity Development
- Supporting Global Nutrition
- Investing in Sustainable Agriculture
- Food Assistance
- Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
- Economic Growth and Trade
- Ending Extreme Poverty
- Environment and Global Climate Change
- Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
- Global Health
- Science, Technology and Innovation
- Water and Sanitation
- Working in Crises and Conflict
The innovation and expertise of American farmers will continue to play a critical role in ending hunger and extreme poverty.
The President's proposal maintains the majority of U.S. funds—55 percent in 2014—for the purchase, transport, and related costs of American commodities.
That means the U.S. will keep working with farmers and processors across America who help feed hungry children from Bangladesh to the Sahel.
American Farmers are vital to transforming the food aid basket:
- Ready to use therapeutic foods
- Better fortification of blended foods
- Improved micronutrient reformulation for milled grains and vegetable oil
- Emergency food bars and paste
Food aid procurements are dwarfed by much larger overall commercial agriculture sales.
The Strength of U.S. Agriculture
Since 1954, when the Food for Peace Act was authorized, U.S. agriculture has transformed, and for over three decades, agriculture been the second most productive sector of the American economy.
Global demand for food is up, and growing; by 2050, rising populations and more middle class consumers mean agricultural production will have to increase by 60% to meet expected demand.
We are no longer in an era of surpluses.
Fiscal 2013 agricultural exports are forecast at a record $142 billion, $6.2 billion above final fiscal 2012 exports. Fiscal years 2009-2012 represent the strongest four years in history for agricultural trade, with U.S. agricultural product exports exceeding $478 billion over these four years.
Net farm income today is at near record levels while debt has been cut in half since the 1980s.
Food Aid in Context
From 2002-2011, the FFP program procured less than 1% of food that was exported from the United States.
Working Together for Malnutrition
Last week, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin and David Cicilline, and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joined Administrator Shah and Dina Esposito, director of the Office of Food for Peace, for a tour of Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions in Providence, R.I. They got a firsthand look at a small Rhode Island food manufacturer's outsized efforts to help children suffering from malnutrition in developing countries worldwide.
Shah highlighted USAID's first use of the company's ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) -- scientifically-enhanced food products thathelped malnourished children affected by the 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa. He stressed the important role these products continue to play in revolutionizing USAID's prevention and treatment of malnutrition by effectively targeting the most vulnerable and meeting their specific nutritional needs.
Edesia has produced enough RUTF and Ready-to-Use-Supplementary Food (RUSF) for USAID to reach many thousands of malnourished children. The Agency purchased RUSF for the first time last month, helping to ensure children do not reach the acute stage of malnutrition.
Another 300,000 children have received Nutributter® through an Office of Food for Peace program that aims to reduce the prevalence of stunting worldwide, a condition that prevents children from doing well in school, staying healthy and achieving lifelong productivity.
In Syria alone, USAID expects to provide approximately 250 tons of Nutributter® to help prevent malnutrition in the family rations being distributed by the U.N. World Food Program in Syria's 14 governorates.
Read more here about Edesia and other suppliers who have produced ready-to-use foods for USAID to date, including MANA of Georgia, Breedlove Foods of Texas, Challenge Dairy of California, and Tabatchnick Fine Foodsof New Jersey.
Last updated: November 05, 2013