Agriculture & Food Security

Estimates of the number of people facing chronic hunger in 2011 ranged from about 850 million to 1 billion. Though this number fluctuates with volatile world food prices, even the low estimates are a shocking call to action. They underscore the importance of continued and adequate food aid for vulnerable populations, and for longer duration food security programs in vulnerable countries. Investments in food security and agricultural development can act as engines of economic growth and reduced poverty, directly addressing the root cause of acute hunger and malnutrition.

InterAction seeks to increase donor investments in food security and agriculture and to improve the quality of donor and NGO programming. Through information sharing, peer learning and documenting of best practices, InterAction supports member organizations in strengthening their field programs and in shaping the policies of the U.S. government and multilateral institutions.

By maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the U.S. government, InterAction and its members promote broad and inclusive country ownership of national agricultural plans. They focus on underserved groups, such as women and minority populations, and advocate for a strong, central role for civil society. Environmental sustainability has also become a key element in approaches to food security and agricultural development. These policies are core pillars of the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, and are vital for its success in forging long-term solutions to chronic food insecurity and undernutrition. 

As part of its NGO Aid Map initiative, InterAction developed Food Security Aid Map. This online tool provides project-level information on the work our members and their partners are doing around the world to reduce food insecurity and ensure everyone has access to enough, safe and nutritious food.

If you are involved in international food security and agriculture work, you can sign up for InterAction's Food Security & Agriculture Working Group by first registering on this website and then requesting membership to the working group. For more information, please contact Joseph McGrann.

Resources


Creating Strong Stakeholder Engagement in Feed the Future – This policy brief addresses the realization that strong, sustained stakeholder participation in national development efforts is essential to their success. The brief summarizes established principles and practices through which we can make development more inclusive and as a result, more effective. We believe that if applied, the brief’s suggestions could significantly enhance the impacts of Feed the Future and make achievement of the Millennium Development Goals much more likely.

Country Ownership: Moving from Rhetoric to Action – This policy paper defines the concept of country ownership, outlines its core elements, and provides actionable recommendations for the U.S. government. Country ownership requires the participation of both citizens and government in development efforts. Empowering citizens and states to take responsibility for their own development by using local systems will allow for better targeting of resources, strengthened accountability among various stakeholders and, ultimately, increased sustainability and success.