Food Assistance

Monjuara is a Bangladeshi mother who participated in a development food assistance project.
Monjuara is a Bangladeshi mother who wants the best for her children. Armed with new health, agriculture & nutrition practices she learned from USAID, Monjuara can continue to dream of a better life for her family & is paying it forward in her community.
Josh Estey for USAID

USAID's food assistance provides life-saving food assistance to vulnerable populations and reduces hunger and malnutrition so that all people at all times have access to sufficient food for healthy and productive lives.  

Our emergency food assistance and multi-year development programs:

  • Monitor food insecurity throughout the world;
  • Save lives in times of crisis;
  • Tackle chronic undernutrition; and
  • Help the most vulnerable break the cycle of poverty and hunger through agriculture and livelihoods support.

Many development food assistance programs target disaster-prone areas and are designed to help reduce the need for emergency assistance over time.

Food Assistance in Action:

We are providing more effective food assistance:

  • Building on the latest in nutrition science, our in-kind food products are being reformulated and new products are being added to better meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable populations around the world.
  • USAID has adopted a state-of-the-art supply-chain management system that allows us to preposition food strategically, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to reach people in need. 
  • In-kind foods are complemented by a cash-based emergency food security program that allows USAID to buy some food locally and regionally. The cash program also allows USAID to support interventions that enable hungry people to access local markets.
  • These tools are directed with the help of a state-of-the-art early-warning system that applies remote monitoring techniques with in-country data gathering and analysis in key food insecure locations. Today the USAID funded Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) is one of the most highly regarded early-warning systems in the world.
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Last updated: April 04, 2017

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