Agriculture and Food Security

USAID’s innovative regional programs seek to improve food security by strengthening the resilience of vulnerable farmers and pastoralists to better withstand droughts and other emergencies. USAID also helps increase the productivity of small farmers’ key staple crops and animal products, and we link those producers to markets while promoting improved agricultural policies, standards, and practices.


Through the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, we are improving food security by focusing on staple foods – crops and animal products produced by millions of smallholder farmers and consumed everywhere. We are also scaling up support to increase farm productivity and improve access to markets. Our activities are coordinated and aligned with national priorities and programs of other donors within the framework of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP).  Key partners include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa (ACTESA), and the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern & Central Africa (ASARECA).

Food Assistance

The United States is the largest donor of food aid to the U.N. World Food Program.  WFP is our main partner in providing emergency food aid needs.  The food aid provided by the United States Government has helped save many lives, as well as addresses the effects of malnutrition.  

Last updated: March 02, 2017

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