To spur development of a low-cost thresher that would help improve farming in developing countries, Feed the Future partnered with a Ghanaian engineer to hold a contest for the best thresher. With the help of an American family-owned business, participants now have the know-how to produce a winning design.
To help smallholders and families in Malawi increase their incomes and improve their nutrition, snack food producer Universal Industries is partnering with Feed the Future to promote orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. As Universal expands the market for products made from this vitamin-A rich food—like chips and bread—more people can access nutritious options.
For Tanzania’s Maasai tribe, traditional birth attendants are highly respected leaders. Now, they’re also catalysts for change, using their new knowledge about nutrition and healthy pregnancies to increase awareness of good nutritional habits within their community.
Across Nepal, fish is a vital source of nutrition as well as income, but while household aquaculture can improve a family’s fortunes, it comes with lots of challenges. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Aquaculture & Fisheries is promoting sustainable aquaculture and giving young people and women’s groups the tools to succeed.
Feed the Future is working with U.S. and developing country scientists, researchers, international and national agricultural research institutions and universities to accelerate the development of tools and innovations that can help improve the lives of families around the world.
As a foreign service officer at USAID, I’ve worked in a variety of countries throughout my career, including Ethiopia, where I learned first-hand how recurrent drought pushes people further and further into poverty. Having worked with the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, I’ve also had the opportunity to see just how far the country has come in recent years in its development.