Feed the Future: 2017 Year in Review



Over 800 million people across the world go to bed hungry each night. To meet the needs of a growing population, global food production needs to increase.

Feed the Future, a U.S. Government initiative, is working to address global hunger through partnership and innovation.


Partnering for Progress

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From natural disasters to national conflict, many communities across the world frequently experience threats to their food security, nutrition and well-being. The key to combating those threats and avoiding slipping into, or back into, poverty is resilience. Through our many partnerships, we help communities improve their ability to adapt, cope and recover by connecting them to the tools, resources, skills, assets and opportunities they need to weather the next inevitable threat while protecting their futures.

This year, we doubled down on nutrition- and enterprise-driven development too. Our newly enacted partnerships are helping farmers gain access to affordable, high-yielding seeds and enabling small-scale coffee producers to grow higher quality coffee and connect with financing and buyers. We’re also partnering to support solutions that help farmers improve value from agriculture productivity, improve infrastructure like irrigation and roads, and increase the incomes, nutrition and food security of millions of smallholder farming households.


Harvesting Hope

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Throughout the year, our work led us to various events across the world and the United States. From Iowa to Italy, we met thousands of inspirational people that have joined us in our mission to end global hunger.

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina was awarded the 2017 World Food Prize in Iowa, which he’ll use to set up a fund that will finance young African entrepreneurs. We were inspired by our nation’s future leaders and their passion for solving some of the world’s toughest food challenges at the National FFA Convention. And we were proud to present the status of our work to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.


Cultivating Community

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By bringing partners together to invest in agriculture and nutrition, we have helped millions of families around the world lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. This means more families are able to feed themselves, and more children are able to reach their full potential.

The second annual Feed the Future Week called on people around the world to share how they will #endhunger and contribute blog posts about resilience, science and innovation, child nutrition, partnerships and agriculture-led growth.


World Food Day in October called for reflection, drawing attention to ongoing efforts to end hunger, alleviate suffering and expand opportunity across the world. We launched our fourth annual Fall Recipe Contest to help raise awareness about agriculture’s potential to end poverty, hunger and malnutrition—with a focus on pumpkin.



Farming for the Future

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Feed the Future has shown that progress on ending hunger is possible. And this year, the U.S. Government announced that moving forward, we will partner with 12 countries that have taken concrete steps to improve their own food security and nutrition.