In 2014, the U.S. Government and its partners continued to build on Feed the Future's early success to drive real change on a large scale. Read on for highlights on how we're sustaining progress toward the goal of ending hunger in our lifetimes.
With support from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, Compatible Technology International, a nonprofit organization that designs and distributes post-harvest storage and processing implements for smallholders, introduced tools in Senegal designed to reduce women’s labor and increase their ability to produce high-quality pearl millet.
Seeing the negative effects of migration on their village, the Ixcoy family wanted to create better opportunities for local villagers to increase their economic status without having to leave the community. Together, they forged a vegetable growers association to produce snow peas and green beans for export to the United States and Europe.
All Fruit EPZ Limited, a fast-growing fruit processing company based in Mombasa, has partnered with Feed the Future to help thousands of smallholder farmers scale up production of new varieties of yellow passion fruit.
This month, the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) turns three years old. In 2014, after the WEAI was used to collect data in 13 Feed the Future focus countries, we released a baseline report that revealed some interesting findings about the constraints women face in the agriculture sector.
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change, led by Colorado State University, is working to empower women with better poultry management skills. Through a project led by Innovation Lab collaborator Dr. David Bunn from the University of California, Davis, poultry health education is expanding for women and students in Tanzania and Nepal.
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden met with Yetemwork Tilahun at her dairy farm near the town of Mojo, about 50 miles south of Addis Ababa. There, she saw firsthand the positive impact USDA’s support has had on milk production, which has generated an alternative revenue stream for Tilahun’s hardworking family.
Recognizing that women play a major role in improving food security and nutrition, a Feed the Future program in Honduras is investing in activities that improve women’s access to critical resources and decision-making authority. In San Pedro Tutule, La Paz, Feed the Future is supporting a group of women coffee processors who call themselves “Entrepreneurs of the Future.”