Office of Food for Peace

The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) works to reduce hunger and malnutrition and ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient food for a healthy and productive life.  By monitoring regional food insecurity, FFP can work with field-based partners using various program tools and approaches to save lives, tackle chronic undernutrition and help the most vulnerable break the cycle of poverty and hunger. FFP’s programs bring together relief and development efforts so that humanitarian assistance contributes to the long-term benefits for local populations even as we save lives.  

Our Work

FFP provides emergency food assistance to those affected by conflict and natural disasters and provides development food assistance to address the underlying causes of hunger.  FFP’s programs cover a broad array of activities designed to help communities build their resilience so they can prevent or mitigate shocks, make sure they have food during a crisis and provide them the tools to recover and build the foundation for their long-term development. Our goal remains constant:  to minimize hunger in the world so that people everywhere can enjoy active and productive lives and ultimately, to ensure that one day no one needs food assistance.

Emergency Programs

FFP’s emergency programs aim to maintain or improve the nutritional status of vulnerable groups to save lives, reduce suffering and lessen the impact of shocks on overall food security.  During an emergency response, FFP uses in-kind food aid, locally or regionally procured food, cash transfers or food vouchers to ensure communities have access to food.  The type of response depends on conditions on the ground and what the best tools are for reaching people as quickly as possible for maximum impact.

FFP has assisted more than 57 million people in 41 countries experiencing crises.  FFP meets their immediate food needs and sows the seeds for community recovery through interventions that help communities rebuild livelihoods and better prepare for future shocks.

Development Programs

FFP provides development food assistance to target the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition.  These programs aim to reduce chronic malnutrition among children under five and pregnant or lactating women, increase and diversify household income and strengthen and diversify agricultural production and productivity to build resilience and reduce the need for food assistance.

Here are some examples of the impact FFP’s programs are having every day:

  • In Haiti, stunting prevalence dropped by 16 percent compared to control areas.

  • In Bangladesh, child stunting was reduced by 30 percent and checkups during pregnancy increased from 13 to 84 percent.

  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, communities and FFP partners repaired 16 kilometers of irrigation canal and 27 kilometers of feeder road, allowing an increase from one to three crop cycles per year. Agriculture co-operative members increased their median annual incomes by 42 percent.

  • In Ethiopia, average household asset values increased 20 percent in areas receiving USAID funding.

Nutritional Support Programs

The International Food Relief Partnership (IFRP) provides small grants to predominately faith-based groups to distribute ready-to-use supplementary food and dried soup mix in primarily institutional settings such as health clinics, schools and community centers.  Through these programs, more than 300,000 individuals – including orphans, people living with HIV/AIDS, the elderly, and others – have received supplementary food designed to address food insecurity.  

Contact

For more information on the Office of Food for Peace, contact Jessica Hartl at (202) 712-4039 or jhartl@usaid.gov.

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Last updated: May 21, 2014

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