The U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy is our guiding document for what Feed the Future seeks to achieve as well as how we’ll do it. We’re turning this strategy into action to combat hunger and poverty around the world.

Global Food Security Strategy

  • Called for in the U.S. Global Food Security Act of 2016
  • 11 U.S. government departments and agencies collaborated to draft a five-year integrated strategy and agency-specific implementation plans
  • Elevates resilience, expands nutrition and emphasizes market-led development within Feed the Future development model
  • 150 stakeholders consulted in the process

Target Countries

  • 12 Feed the Future target countries selected for focused investment under this strategy based on six criteria
  • 11 U.S. government departments and agencies collaborated on data-driven selection process
  • More than 150 stakeholders consulted in the process
  • U.S. government continues to invest in high-need countries outside the target list to sustain gains and capitalize on opportunities

Strategic Planning (current phase)

  • U.S. government teams in each target country work with local stakeholders to review progress, lessons learned and opportunities
  • Each of the 12 target countries develops a whole-of-government plan for achieving the goals of the Global Food Security Strategy, including policy priorities
  • Target countries host kick-off workshops for country plans with local stakeholders
  • New research strategy for global food security investments launched
  • Country transition (graduation) process to be developed


  • Target country governments and U.S. government issue joint statement of commitment and intent to advance food security, resilience and nutrition
  • U.S. government agencies and departments collaborate on programs and activities alongside other partners in research, private sector, civil society and host governments to address the root causes of poverty, hunger and malnutrition
  • Technical experts developed 18 guides for implementation around specific core and cross-cutting areas
  • U.S. government makes core investments in agriculture, resilience and nutrition to help countries grow and develop

Monitor, Evaluate and Learn

  • New system for monitoring, evaluation and learning set up, including new indicators for tracking progress
  • More than 100 stakeholders consulted while developing new indicators
  • Annual reporting on progress in implementing the strategy and achieving results
  • New Feed the Future Learning Agenda to be launched
  • Additional knowledge capture, sharing and learning facilitated by Agrilinks


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Women at a fish farm in Bangladesh
Jeannie Harvey/USAID
Gender Integration

Women’s contributions to agricultural production often go unrecognized. Despite their significant role as agricultural producers, women’s access to land and other key productive resources can be limited, and they rarely have legal control over the land they farm. Reducing gender inequality and recognizing the contribution of women to agriculture is critical to achieving global food security—there is consistent and compelling evidence that when the status of women is improved, agricultural productivity increases, poverty is reduced, and nutrition improves. Feed the Future integrates gender-based analysis into all of its investments and employs an innovative tool called the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index, which measures the empowerment, agency and inclusion of women in the agriculture sector in an effort to identify ways to overcome those obstacles and constraints.