Agriculture and Food Security

Livestock interventions protect livelihoods of drought-affected households in Mali.
Livestock interventions protect livelihoods of drought-affected households in Mali.

Drought, floods, insect infestations, and other natural disasters can destroy crops and kill livestock, while conflict often prevents farmers from planting and harvesting crops and tending to animals, impacting the food security and livelihoods of affected populations. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) supports agriculture and food security interventions that address the immediate needs of disaster-affected populations unable to meet their basic food requirements or carry out livelihood activities. USAID/OFDA also works to strengthen local disaster response capacity and increase community resilience to shocks that could negatively affect agricultural activities and food security.

In the aftermath of disasters, USAID/OFDA projects assist farmers in rehabilitating agricultural infrastructure and facilitate economic recovery by supporting agriculture-based livelihood activities. USAID/OFDA-funded programs also benefit livestock and fisheries, implement pest control initiatives, support animal health endeavors, and supply agricultural inputs to vulnerable households. In FY 2015, USAID/OFDA provided more than $81.3 million to UN agencies and nongovernmental organizations to support agriculture and food security activities in 27 countries, as well as regional programs throughout Africa and South America.

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Last updated: November 23, 2015

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