Feed the Future was born of the belief that global hunger is solvable.
As the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, we’re transforming lives toward a world where people no longer face the agony and injustice of extreme poverty, undernutrition and hunger.
To achieve this, Feed the Future agencies work hand-in-hand with partner countries to develop their agriculture sectors and break the vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. Not only is this the smart thing to do, as it promotes global prosperity and stability, it’s also the right thing to do.
Our assistance is helping:
Feed the Future works from farms to markets to tables to improve incomes and nutrition. Our goal is to reduce the prevalence of poverty and the prevalence of stunted children (a measure of undernutrition) each by 20 percent in the areas where we work. This means more families will be able to lift themselves out of poverty and pay for things like nutritious food, education and health care.
Hunger and poverty don’t have to be with us forever. We’re forging long-term solutions by:
By not only doing what’s right, but doing the right things well, our generation can end poverty and leave a legacy of shared progress and prosperity.
Hunger and poverty are inextricably linked, robbing people of healthy and productive lives and stunting the mental and physical development of future generations. While the world has made enormous progress in reducing global poverty, there is still much more to do.
Consider the facts:
A more food-secure, nourished world, able to feed itself and the future, is essential to the long-term prosperity of individuals, communities, economies and nations. Our investments in economic growth, poverty reduction, and improved health in developing countries—in support of their development priorities—promote global stability and are critical to U.S. national prosperity and security.
Long-term solutions needed
Take for example 2009. Global food price spikes in 2007 and 2008, coupled with global economic and financial challenges and longstanding underinvestment in food security, had dramatically increased the number of poor and hungry people in the world—jeopardizing progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
The United States took swift action, offering assistance to help hard-hit developing countries meet immediate humanitarian needs and stimulate agricultural growth, but more needed to be done to address long-term issues that were contributing to cycles of crises and chronic food insecurity.
During the 2009 G-8 Summit in Italy, President Obama called on global leaders to reverse the decades-long decline in investment in agriculture and strengthen global efforts to reduce poverty, hunger and undernutrition.
To lead the way, the United States pledged $3.5 billion to this effort over three years, which helped leverage an additional $18.5 billion in support from G-8 members and other donors. The U.S. contribution to this global commitment came to be called “Feed the Future.”
Along with this increase in resources, donors also committed to do development differently and follow the Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security, a set of aid effectiveness principles adopted by the global community.
Advancing food security
Feed the Future has come a long way since then. In September 2012, the U.S. Government met its initial monetary pledge of $3.5 billion. We also issued our first progress report and scorecard in October 2012 and second in June 2013.
In May 2012, with African heads of state and corporate and G-8 leaders, President Obama led global food security efforts to the next stage by announcing the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a shared commitment to achieving sustained and inclusive agricultural growth and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa. As with the 2009 global food security commitment, Feed the Future is the principal vehicle through which the United States contributes to the G-8 New Alliance.
While we are proud of our leadership and commitment in these efforts, we know there is much more to be done: 870 million chronically hungry people is still 870 million too many.
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As described in the Rome Principles, we commit to work in partnership to:
Learn more about the Rome Principles for Sustainable Global Food Security (pdf).
The U.S. Government cannot do all things, do them well, and do them everywhere. That’s why we’re striving for a meaningful, sustained impact in more focused locations. We currently target efforts in 19 focus countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Our focus countries, in consultation with stakeholders, set agricultural development and food security priorities in actionable, comprehensive national development and investment plans. These plans guide our investments and provide a foundation for our partner countries to accelerate their progress toward achieving the first Millennium Development Goal.
Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Feed the Future draws on the agricultural, trade, investment, development and policy resources and expertise of 10 federal agencies. We’re putting whole-of-government into practice. (logo not pictured: U.S. Department of Commerce)
Feed the Future has two deputy coordinators who lead the initiative, helping us improve the way we work toward a common vision.
Our deputy coordinator for development at USAID drives the interagency process, ensuring relevant U.S. Government agencies and departments are engaged in formulating policies, strategies and monitoring criteria for Feed the Future.
Our deputy coordinator for diplomacy leads diplomatic efforts to advance our priorities, focusing on policy coordination among major donors, strategic partners, the G-8, the G-20, and international organizations.
Tjada D'Oyen McKenna is the deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future. In this capacity, McKenna coordinates implementation of Feed the Future across the U.S. Government, oversees its execution and reports on results, and leads engagement with the external community to ensure that food security remains high on the U.S. development agenda.
Prior to taking on the role of deputy coordinator for development in October 2011, McKenna served as deputy assistant to the administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security.
McKenna joined USAID from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as a senior program officer in the Agricultural Development Program. In this role, she developed grants and strategies to effectively link smallholder farmers in Africa and South Asia to markets. Some of her key accomplishments included working with the World Food Program to develop its Purchase for Progress program, developing the foundation's Agricultural Development Program's strategy for South Asia, creating the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa's (AGRA) Market Access Program, and developing and managing a $47 million coffee grant designed to double the income of a million smallholder farmers over a ten year period.
McKenna has held additional roles in agricultural development at Monsanto Company and as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she co-authored the McKinsey Quarterly article, "Food for West Africa." In addition, McKenna has held strategy and business development roles at American Express and General Electric.
McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. She is a past member of the National Board of Directors - Girl Scouts of the USA.
Jonathan Shrier is acting special representative for global food security at the U.S. Department of State and deputy coordinator for diplomacy for Feed the Future. He leads diplomatic efforts to advance the initiative, with a particular focus on major donor and strategic partner countries as well as multilateral institutions such as the G-8 and G-20. Shrier came to the State Department's Office of the Global Food Security from the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff.
He has served as the principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he helped to design and establish the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas launched by President Obama.
While at the National Security Council and National Economic Council, Shrier coordinated interagency policy at the intersection of energy, climate and agriculture, including responses to the spike in commodity prices in 2007 and 2008.
A career foreign service officer, Shrier handled international trade and investment issues for then-Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs Josette Sheeran.
During his service at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Shrier worked with USAID to establish a development assistance program for Tibetan communities in China, with a focus on agriculture-led development.
Shrier earned degrees from the National Defense University (master’s in national security resource strategy), University of London (master’s in business administration in international management), London School of Economics (master’s in international relations), and Dartmouth (bachelor’s in government). His languages include Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French and Spanish.