Civil Society

Ending extreme poverty and hunger is achievable, but the U.S. Government can’t do it alone. We need civil society partners with local connections, development expertise, and a passion for combatting hunger, poverty and undernutrition to help make it happen.

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We’re building connections and facilitating collaboration among our diverse set of partners to strengthen the global network of actors collectively fighting hunger and poverty.

With big goals ahead and a mandate to approach partnerships in a new way, Feed the Future is working hard to innovatively engage local and international entrepreneurs, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and others.

Together, we can help our partner countries lift millions out of hunger, poverty and undernutrition.


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U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world.

USAID is the lead implementing agency for President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative. As such, it is responsible for supporting the development of country strategies, programming against these plans, and monitoring progress toward Feed the Future's goals.

USAID is working to implement a modern approach to development, bringing together diverse sets of partners both internationally and in partner countries to achieve shared development goals.

Through the IDEA Office, Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and through regional and pillar bureau programming, USAID provides pathways for civil society organizations to implement USAID programs, work with USAID Missions overseas, and provide technical expertise and feedback on USAID programming.

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U.S. Department of State

The State Department advances freedom for the benefit of the American people and the international community by helping to build and sustain a more democratic, secure and prosperous world composed of well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and act responsibly within the international system.

Through the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security (S/GFS) the Department of State coordinates U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition. This includes work in support of the Feed the Future initiative as well as policy coordination among major donors, strategic partners, multilateral organizations, and the G8 and G-20 to advance food security and nutrition goals and ensure they remain high priorities on bilateral and global policy agendas.

S/GFS coordinates its activities with the Regional Bureaus and other offices within the Department of State that are working to promote economic growth and enhance opportunities for our partners around the globe.

The Secretary’s Global Partnership Initiative (S/GPI) is an entry point for collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, the public and private sectors, and civil society. S/GPI aims to strengthen and deepen U.S. diplomacy and development around the world through partnerships that leverage the creativity, innovation, and core business resources of partners for greater impact. 

The Bureau for Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) works to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges—as well as public-private partnerships—that assist in the development of peaceful relations. 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

It also provides technical expertise on rural farming, efficient resource management, and integrated nutrition, as well as making international agricultural research & data available and accessible for people around the world.

Through coordination and collaboration, the Office of Advocacy and Outreach works across USDA to enhance access to services for the communities they serve both informally and through formal advisory committees. Additionally, the USDA Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships also facilitates partnerships with civil society.  

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U.S. Department of the Treasury

The U.S. Department of the Treasury promotes economic growth through policies to support job creation, investment, and economic stability. Treasury also oversees the production of coins and currency, the disbursement of payments to the public, revenue collection, and the funds to run the federal government.

As a part of the Feed the Future initiative, Treasury works directly with the World Bank on all issues related to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a multilateral mechanism that addresses underfunding of country and regional agriculture and food security strategic investment plans.

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Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results. MCC provides high-performing countries with large-scale grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth.

Currently, 11 of the 19 Feed the Future countries meet MCC compact or threshold-level performance. The participation of civil society and the private sector in MCC program implementation can take several forms, both formal and informal. Most MCC countries have established a Stakeholders Committee that provides an opportunity for civil society and the private sector to receive regular program updates as well as to provide feedback and oversight for the implementation process.

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  • Opportunities@mcc.gov

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution: It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and, in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy. 

OPIC provides financial products, such as loans and guaranties; political risk insurance; and support for investment funds, all of which promotes stability and American investment in emerging markets. By mobilizing private capital to help solve critical development challenges, OPIC catalyzes revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad.

OPIC’s main goal is to work with the private sector, and the OPIC Board of Directors consists of 15 members—eight from the private sector and seven from the federal government. At least two of the private sector directors must be experienced in small business, one must represent organized labor, and another must have experience in cooperatives.

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Peace Corps

The Peace Corps is a U.S. agency dedicated to providing U.S. volunteers the opportunity to serve their country and make a difference by living and working in communities in the developing world. Volunteers work in a variety of sectors, including education, environment, agriculture, community economic development and health.

For more than 50 years, Peace Corps Volunteers around the world have taken an active role in addressing critical food security issues, and their work in this area is now coordinated with other agencies across the U.S. Government focused on food security and nutrition. In 2012, Peace Corps also specifically pledged to provide enhanced food security training to more than 1,000 Peace Corps volunteers through the Feed the Future initiative.

Peace Corps Volunteers work with a range of organizations, depending on the needs of the host country, and many of these organizations are local nongovernmental organizations.

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  • info@peacecorps.gov

U.S. African Development Foundation

The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) provides development grants to African organizations and enterprises that increase economic opportunities for marginalized communities in Africa. USADF programs respond to local project requests by actively engaging the local community group or enterprise in the design and implementation of the projects. 

USADF provides development grants to local organizations in ten of the 19 Feed the Future countries. These grants are made in response to unsolicited applications from African community-based small enterprises and cooperatives in eligible countries. 

USADF provides funding for the following types of groups:

  • Agricultural cooperatives and small-scale producer groups
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs)
  • African intermediary organizations (AIOs)
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

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  • info@adf.gov

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries. 

USTR provides trade policy leadership for the Feed the Future initiative in bilateral, regional and multilateral trade and investment issues; negotiates international commodity agreements; and coordinates with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

USTR engages with nongovernment organizations informally and as part of its formal advisory system. In addition to functional and regional offices' of USTR engagement with these groups, USTR’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs & Engagement (IAPE) manages the advisory committee and conducts outreach to official state points of contact, governors, legislatures, and associations on all trade issues of interest to states.

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Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, is establishing a foundation for lasting progress against global hunger.

With a focus on smallholder farmers, we support partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth that increases incomes and reduces poverty, hunger and undernutrition. 

Feed the Future's efforts are driven by country-led priorities and rooted in partnership with governments, donor organizations, the private sector, and civil society to enable long-term success.

How we work
Five foundational principles define Feed the Future and our modern approach to development. These principles, articulated at the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, embrace the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action:

  • Supporting country-led priorities
  • Enhancing coordination among stakeholders
  • Implementing reforms to increase the effectiveness of U.S. Government assistance
  • Addressing the root causes of hunger while responding to emergencies
  • Reporting on our progress on aid effectiveness in an annual scorecard

Focused approach
In order to be more effective and efficient in our development efforts, we’re focusing our resources on a set of 19 countries where we believe we can have significant impact. We selected countries based on a variety of criteria. Through a consultative process with stakeholders, each of these Feed the Future focus countries created actionable comprehensive national agriculture and food security investment plans that detail each country's priorities for its own development. 

Feed the Future partner agencies then worked together to draft multi-year strategies to guide our efforts to support these country plans. As we implement our programs, we measure results based on a specific set of indicators outlined in the Feed the Future Results Framework

Partner with us
Feed the Future’s modern approach to development includes expanding and energizing our work with civil society, pioneering new models for engaging civil society in the policy-making process through the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, the Board for International Food and Agriculture, university outreach tours, and other informal events and meetings. 

Before engaging with Feed the Future agencies in the field, it will be useful for you to review our focus countries and target regions, country strategies, and prioritized value chains.

TitleDescription
Federal GrantsFind and apply for federal grants on Grants.gov.
Federal Business OpportunitiesFind and apply for federal business opportunities on the Fed Biz Opps website.
Feed the Future OpportunitiesView a list of Feed the Future's recent and open procurements and grant solicitations, updated monthly.
USADF GrantsUSADF provides funding for agricultural cooperatives and small-scale producer groups, community-based organizations, African intermediary organizations, and small and medium-sized enterprises that actively involve and benefit the marginalized communities in conflict and post-conflict regions in Africa.
USAID Development Innovation Ventures USAID's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) looks for compelling new development solutions in a quarterly competition, rigorously tests them, and helps scale those that are proven successful to reach millions of beneficiaries around the world. Virtually any organization with a solution for a development challenge in any sector or country in which USAID operates is eligible to apply.
USAID Opportunities for FundingUSAID partners with a variety of organizations – from small businesses and local in-country organizations to universities and international NGOs – to support and implement a wide range of development programs around the world.