USAID has a long history of leadership in international agricultural development, as well as nutrition and water security, sanitation and hygiene. In the past decade, the Agency has helped partner countries make significant strides in reducing poverty, hunger, malnutrition and water insecurity.

But shocks and stresses like droughts and floods threaten progress toward a resilient and prosperous world. Through its Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID works with a host of partners to advance inclusive agriculture-led growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security, sanitation and hygiene in priority countries to help them accelerate and protect development progress. 

The Bureau leads coordination of the U.S. Government's Feed the Future initiative to achieve the goals of the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy to reduce hunger, poverty and malnutrition. It also leads implementation of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy to reach more families and communities with clean water and safe sanitation. Additionally, the Bureau oversees contributions across the Agency to the USAID Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy and efforts to strengthen resilience in areas of recurrent humanitarian crisis. 

The Bureau is home to USAID's Centers for Agriculture-Led Growth, Resilience, Nutrition, and Water Security, Sanitation and Hygiene. These Centers coordinate and lead efforts across the Agency to provide strategic, programmatic, analytical and global leadership within their respective areas.

The Bureau leads three of USAID's Leadership Councils: the Nutrition Leadership Council, the Resilience Leadership Council, and the Water Leadership Council. As a formal internal structure, these councils provide high-level coordination and integration of critical development efforts where resources and decision-making are spread across the Agency. 

To learn more about our responses and guidance on responding to and mitigating COVID-19’s impact on food security, WASH and nutrition while strengthening resilience, please check out the resources here.

Join our team! Check out this page for vacancy announcements within the bureau. 

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Dina Esposito

Dina Esposito

Acting Assistant to the Administrator

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Dina Esposito now serves as the new Acting Assistant to the Administrator for the Bureau of Resilience and Food Security (RFS), Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development, and the Agency’s Global Food Crisis Coordinator.

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Maura Barry Boyle

Maura Barry Boyle

Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator and Interim Global Water Coordinator

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Maura Barry serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and as interim USAID Global Water Coordinator.

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Mike Michener

Mike Michener

Deputy Assistant Administrator

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Mike Michener currently serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security.

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Robert Bertram

Robert Bertram

Chief Scientist

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Rob Bertram is the Chief Scientist in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security.

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Shawn Baker

Shawn Baker

Chief Nutritionist

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Shawn K. Baker serves as the Chief Nutritionist for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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