Feed the Future: 2016 Year in Review

Year in Review

In many countries, the path to prosperity runs through agriculture. The sector provides a powerful means of reducing hunger, poverty and malnutrition. With the right investment and policies, it can also be an engine of growth and stability for developing economies, providing dignified and sustainable work.

Through the Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. Government has rallied global leaders to help developing countries unlock agriculture’s potential. Along the way, we’ve transformed the way we address the root causes of poverty and hunger through agricultural development.

With bipartisan support, collaboration with a diverse array of partners, country leadership, and a focus on results, Feed the Future has made exciting progress. Last year alone, we helped 9 million food producers use new tools and technologies and reached nearly 18 million children with nutrition help.

Results like these are contributing to early impact, with data showing drops of up to 36 percent in poverty and up to 40 percent in child stunting within many Feed the Future countries. This year also marked enactment of the historic Global Food Security Act and creation of a new U.S. Government strategy for global food security to accompany it. Read on to learn more about progress made this year in the global effort to end hunger and promote prosperity.

By the Numbers

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$800 Million

Earned through new agricultural sales by Feed the Future producers last year.

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18 Million

Children reached last year with help to boost their nutrition.

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19 Countries

Partnering with us to transform economies and become self-reliant.

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1 Act

Passed with bipartisan support to strengthen global food security.

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11 Agencies

Contributed to a new whole-of-government global food security strategy.

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70 Universities

Bringing American ingenuity to bear to end global hunger with us.

U.S. leadership and investment in global food security has leveraged billions from donors and the private sector to fight global hunger. But Feed the Future is about more than just money. Our model has dramatically improved the way the U.S. Government does business, facilitating effective, evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development to achieve lasting success.

Leadership

New data show Feed the Future is contributing to reductions in poverty and child stunting in many of the places where we work. Many factors have contributed to this progress, including bipartisan support in Congress, a relentless focus on results, partnerships that maximize our investments, and research and innovation. Together, we are building a world free of hunger and poverty.

Progress

Partnership is at the core of everything we do at Feed the Future. We can’t achieve a food-secure world – one where all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong – alone. In 2016, Feed the Future continued meaningful collaboration with governments, businesses, researchers, universities, civil society, and innovators. We achieve more when we bring all of our tools and resources together.

Partnership

Local capacity for lasting food security, good nutrition and economic growth is getting stronger in the countries where we work. But we must sustain this momentum. The Global Food Security Act of 2016 codified Feed the Future’s successful approach, and we submitted a new U.S. Government strategy to Congress outlining how we’ll collaborate to accelerate global food security and nutrition in the years ahead.

Momentum

Best of Leadership

U.S. leadership and investment in global food security has leveraged billions from donors and the private sector to fight global hunger. But Feed the Future is about more than just money. Our model has dramatically improved the way the U.S. Government does business, facilitating effective, evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development to achieve lasting success.

We can #endhunger by boosting food security and nutrition - Feed the Future

Bipartisan Bill Codifies Feed the Future Approach

The U.S. Congress took a historic step in July and passed the Global Food Security Act with overwhelming bipartisan support, solidifying the United States’ commitment to global food security and Feed the Future’s successful approach to boosting it. President Obama signed this legislation into law soon after.

New Strategy for Next Phase of Food Security Efforts

In response to the Global Food Security Act, Feed the Future’s 11 partner agencies and departments collaborated this summer to develop a new U.S. Government strategy for global food security. These government partners are now identifying country selection criteria and new indicators for tracking progress.

New Govt Leaders Set Sights on Ending Global Hunger - Credit: Jennifer Cupp, USAID

New Government Leaders Set Sights on Ending Global Hunger

Beth Dunford kicked off the year by re-joining the Bureau for Food Security as Assistant to the Administrator and Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future. The U.S. African Development Foundation welcomed new President/CEO C.D. Glin, while David Harden joined USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance as Assistant Administrator.

 

Feed the Future Roundtables Spotlight Emerging Trends in Food Security

Feed the Future brought experts together for a series of roundtable discussions on trends impacting the global food system, including urbanization, the Sustainable Development Goals, youth and employment, risk and fragility, and financing for food security.

Food for Peace launces new 10-Year strategy. Credit: Tanya Martineau, Prospect Arts, Food for the Hungry

Peace Corps Rolls Out Food Security Strategy

The Peace Corps released their Food Security Strategy for 2017 and beyond, a plan built around Peace Corps Volunteers' unique contributions. The strategy strengthens, expands and scales up key activities that Peace Corps has developed and tested as part of Feed the Future.

Food for Peace Launches New 10-Year Strategy

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, the largest provider of food assistance in the world, launched a new 10-year food assistance and food security strategy for improving and sustaining food and nutrition security for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

 

Best of Progress

New data show Feed the Future is contributing to reductions in poverty and child stunting in many of the places where we work. Many factors have contributed to this progress, including bipartisan support in Congress, a relentless focus on results, partnerships that maximize our investments, and research and innovation. Together, we are building a world free of hunger and poverty.

Feed the Future Unveils New  Data in Annual Report

Feed the Future Unveils New Data in Annual Report

Feed the Future’s 2016 Progress Report showcased new data and stories on the initiative’s contributions to exciting progress in reducing poverty and child malnutrition within its focus countries.

White House Celebrates Progress at Global Development Summit

On the same day that he signed the Global Food Security Act into law, President Obama hosted the White House Summit on Global Development in Washington, DC. The President, Secretary of Agriculture and others highlighted how Feed the Future has changed how development is done and made incredible progress in the fight to end global hunger.

Food for Peace and Feed the Future Respond to El Niño

Food for Peace and Feed the Future Respond to El Niño

El Niño had widespread effects across the globe in 2016, and Southern Africa and Ethiopia faced the worst drought in decades. Food for Peace and Feed the Future contributed to the response to alleviate suffering and foster long-term recovery and resilience in countries like Ethiopia. Despite the worst drought in decades, Ethiopia averted widespread famine.

 

Progress in  Research and Science Key to Ending Hunger. Credit:  Britta Hansen/UC Davis, Feed the Future Horticulture Innovation Lab

Feed the Future Analyzes Lessons Learned

Feed the Future published an inventory and synthesis of nearly 200 food security program evaluations conducted since 2010, identifying trends in what works best for boosting food security and nutrition through development programs.

Progress in Research and Science Key to Ending Hunger

Feed the Future joined the world in celebrating the 2016 World Food Prize laureates. Feeding a growing planet will require new approaches like those pioneered by the laureates. The U.S. Government has supported the work of this year's laureates to enrich staple crops like the sweet potato for many years now. Innovations like the vitamin-rich orange sweet potato are helping families get the vitamins and nutrients they need to raise healthy children. Feed the Future is helping more communities produce and process this nutritious crop to meet rising demand.

 

Best of Partnership

Partnership is at the core of everything we do at Feed the Future. We can’t achieve a food-secure world – one where all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong – alone. In 2016, Feed the Future continued meaningful collaboration with governments, businesses, researchers, universities, civil society, and innovators. We achieve more when we bring all of our tools and resources together.

U.S. Government  Promotes Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Impact Credit: Thomas Cristofoletti, USAID

U.S. Government Promotes Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Impact

Innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture are vital to creating a food-secure world. Feed the Future helps entrepreneurs get the resources, tools, connections and skills they need to turn their ideas into thriving businesses that reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition. In June, President Obama hosted the 7th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, highlighting how the U.S. Government is spurring entrepreneurship to drive economic growth.

U.S. Government  Strengthens Global Nutrition Coordination Credit: Olivier Asselin, USAID Yaajeende

U.S. Government Strengthens Global Nutrition Coordination

In 2015, Feed the Future and related U.S. Government efforts reached nearly 18 million children globally with nutrition help. To build on and accelerate this progress, the U.S. Government released a coordination plan in 2016 to strengthen the impact of its diverse global nutrition investments.

U.S. Government Makes the Case for Open Data

As a founding member of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative, the United States is at the forefront of the global movement for open data. This year’s GODAN Summit called on leaders to join the revolution to make data publicly available and accessible. The U.S. Department of Agriculture brought together GODAN partners from over 20 organizations to establish two working groups, while the U.S. Department of State joined to talk about new innovations in food security and the use of data.

OPIC Supports Emerging Markets and Food Security Entrepreneurs

OPIC Supports  Emerging Markets and Food Security Entrepreneurs. Credit: Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) recognized seven partners for their exceptional achievement in international private-sector development and pledged $3.7 billion in new commitments. With a focus on mobilizing private capital to address major development challenges, OPIC supports multiple projects aimed at empowering farmers, opening new markets and improving infrastructure.

USDA and USAID Talk Food Aid and Food Security

In October, USDA and USAID highlighted the links between food aid and food security at the International Food Assistance and Food Security Conference, which brought together public and private sector partners to discuss challenges and solutions for alleviating hunger and promoting long-term food security throughout the world.

Digital Toolkit Helps Bring Financial Services to Smallholder  Farmers. Credit: CNFA

Digital Toolkit Helps Bring Financial Services to Smallholder Farmers

USAID’s Global Development Lab launched the Guide to the Use of Digital Finance in Agriculture, a tool for development practitioners to help smallholder farmers overcome challenges with technology. In partnership with the Lab, Feed the Future field-tested the guide in Ghana and Uganda, and hosted a workshop in Silicon Valley with technology providers, academics, funders and development organizations to discuss low cost sensor applications for agriculture.

Read More About Partnerships That Are Making Progress Possible

 

Best of Momentum

Local capacity for lasting food security, good nutrition and economic growth is getting stronger in the countries where we work. But we must sustain this momentum. The Global Food Security Act of 2016 codified Feed the Future’s successful approach, and we submitted a new U.S. Government strategy to Congress outlining how we’ll collaborate to accelerate global food security and nutrition in the years ahead.

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Building Momentum with Feed the Future Week

The first-ever Feed the Future Week in September featured a series of events and a digital campaign that highlighted what Feed the Future’s partners were doing to #EndHunger. The week culminated with a reception on Capitol Hill to commemorate enactment of the Global Food Security Act. Over the course of the week, Feed the Future and its partners reached 3 million people online.

Feed the Future Launches Vision for a Food-Secure 2030

Feed the Future Launches Vision for a Food-Secure 2030. Credit:  Bobby Neptune/USAID

At the African Green Revolution Forum in Kenya in September, the U.S. Government launched a global vision and call to action for a food-secure 2030. In events around the UN General Assembly, U.S. Government leaders continued to rally the global community around this vision for ending global hunger, poverty and undernutrition by 2030.

Millennium Challenge Corporation Invests in Niger’s Agricultural Sector

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced a new compact with Niger in July, which focuses on strengthening the country’s agriculture sector. Overall, 23 of MCC’s 33 compacts include substantial food security-related investments, and 16 of them support agriculture and irrigation projects.

Habitat III Advances Urban Food Security. Credit: MCA-Philippines

Habitat III Advances Urban Food Security

At the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III) in October, the global community adopted a New Urban Agenda to guide efforts on sustainable urban development and urban food security over the next 20 years.

Feed the Future Discusses Partnerships in Global Fora

Feed the Future hosted an event along with representatives from Italy and Germany during the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) meetings in October to discuss the importance of financing for global food security and nutrition. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet led the U.S. delegation to CFS. In November, Feed the Future attended the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and hosted an event with the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture and USAID to discuss the business case for climate-smart agriculture.