U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy Implementation Report

The Global Food Security Act of 2016 (GFSA) called for the interagency to develop a new whole-of-government global food security strategy, which the Feed the Future U.S. Government (USG) partner Agencies and Departments worked together to create, along with Department- and Agency-specific implementation plans. Using past performance and evidence, including other relevant research findings, consultations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), leading experts, and other stakeholders, we produced the USG's Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) that will guide Feed the Future moving forward. The Strategy maintains key tenets of the first phase of Feed the Future (2010 - 2017)1, including a focus on small-scale foodproducers2, especially women, and an overarching goal of sustainably reducing poverty, hunger,and malnutrition in support of America’s development and national security interests. However, it includes a few important distinctions from the first phase of Feed the Future.

First, the interagency further elevated nutrition, building on its pioneering efforts to integrate agriculture and nutrition, with a focus on the first 1,000 days from pregnancy to a child’s second birthday. Second, the GFSS is seeking to further integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into our work to better nourish women and children, as improved access to clean and safe drinking water, food, and sanitation services, along with hygiene, is critical to improving nutritional status. Third, we increased our focus on strengthening resilience among people and systems to break the cycle of crisis that keeps people in poverty, including addressing the root causes of recurrent shocks. Fourth, the interagency further emphasized the need to work not just on agricultural production, but throughout the entire agriculture and food system – including processing, trade, marketing, and preparation to reduce food prices, increase incomes, and provide employment for the rural and urban poor. The strategy also emphasizes the role of the USG in facilitating systemic change in Feed the Future target countries, including in the policy-enabling environment and in market systems, to help markets function well while improving the availability of food. We are using our influence and technical expertise to help partner governments update policies and allocate their national resources in ways that will create long-term, country-led change. Together, these efforts will sustain momentum and growth beyond the U.S. Government’s assistance.

This report responds to Section 8(a) of the GFSA, which requires the USG to submit a report to describe the interagency’s progress toward implementing the GFSS. In the following sections, we cover Feed the Future progress through 2017 and progress toward GFSS implementation, specifically: selection of the target countries; defining strategic transition; country planning; technical implementation guidance; the development of our new whole-of-government research strategy; and incorporating gender analysis in our programming. We also review our interagency approach to monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL); how the GFSS leverages and complements other USG strategies; private sector engagement and partnerships; and multilateral food security and nutrition efforts. As technical appendices, we have also included tables with our new and updated MEL indicators and mechanisms for reporting, the Feed the Future Global Results through Fiscal Year 2016, along with Agency- and Department-specific updates to the implementation plans submitted as part of the GFSS in 2016.

Date 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 8:45am

Last updated: June 06, 2018