Feed the Future Snapshot: A Decade of Progress

THE KIND OF AGRICULTURE-LED GROWTH THAT FEED THE FUTURE CATALYZES IS MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, HELPING COMMUNITIES TO BUILD THEIR RESILIENCE, SECURING THE GAINS THEY'VE MADE, AND KEEPING THEM OUT OF POVERTY.

INTRODUCTION

A Decade of Progress

In 2007 and 2008, food shortages sent shockwaves around the world, resulting in some of the sharpest spikes in food prices ever recorded. Costs of staple foods, such as wheat, rice and maize, reached levels not seen for generations and exacerbated hunger and malnutrition in vulnerable areas, pushing the number of hungry people to more than one billion. In many places, the crisis compounded already-fraught conditions, increasing unrest, erasing development gains, and threatening future progress.

A decade later, we refect on progress made and what we have learned about what it will take to sustainably reduce global hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the decade ahead.

Message from the Coordinator

I began my career in international development 30 years ago. During that time, I have seen the transformative power of our work in some of the most-challenging places in the world.

Feed the Future, America’s initiative to combat global hunger, is one of the mostimportant advancements I have seen. It harnesses the best of American ingenuity and innovation to create solutions, ease human suffering, and put communities and countries on a path to self-reliance, while simultaneously bringing benefts back home.

Through Feed the Future, we are moving the needle on poverty and stunting. Since the initiative started, a projected 23.4 million more people are living above the poverty line, 3.4 million more children are living free of stunting, and 5.2 million more families no longer suffer from hunger. By lifting smallholder farmers out of poverty and fueling growing middle classes in countries where we work, Feed the Future helps U.S. businesses compete in new markets, and increases demand for U.S. innovations. This work protects American interests, and strengthens our infuence in rapidly transforming regions and emerging economies.

Fighting the root causes of hunger and poverty is also a boon to our own national security. History has shown that poverty and hunger push people into despair and, in turn, exacerbate many of today’s national-security challenges. Smart, effective investments help create a more peaceful and stable world.

The kind of agriculture-led growth that Feed the Future catalyzes is making a world of difference, helping communities to build their resilience, securing the gains they have made, and keeping them out of poverty. Our efforts are empowering women and youth, who are often the drivers of economies around the world, and ensuring children get the right nutrition they need to reach their full potential. In the next decade and beyond, our biggest challenge and opportunity will be protecting and accelerating this progress in an increasingly dynamic world. For our part, USAID is adjusting through our Transformation and the proposed Bureau for Resilience and Food Security to better meet this. Feed the Future has an approach that works, and yields results. Through proven investments, we are making great strides that will one day usher in a world free of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.

This is a noble vision. It is an American vision. And it is a vision I am proud to support.

Sincerely,
Mark Green
USAID Administrator

Date 
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:00am

Last updated: August 01, 2018