Feed the Future
FY2016 Funding Recommendation:
President's FY2016 Request
InterAction's FY2016 Recommendation
Globally, 805 million people are hungry, and malnutrition causes half of all deaths of children under the age of 5 (nearly 3 million). Hunger and malnutrition rob women and men of healthy, productive lives, and stunt the mental and physical development of future generations.
After decades of declining support for farmers in developing countries, renewed U.S. leadership has sparked a global commitment to help people feed themselves. Governments, companies, universities, and NGOs have all recommitted to fighting hunger and poverty through new agriculture-focused investments.
The U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future (FTF), takes a comprehensive, sustainable approach to agricultural development. Investments focus on country-owned plans and emphasize the importance of gender equality, nutrition, mitigating climate change, and natural resource management. Drawing on resources and expertise from 10 federal agencies, FTF is helping countries, including 19 focus countries, transform their agricultural sectors and sustainably grow enough food to feed their people. FTF already has achieved impressive results, and has committed to reducing stunting rates by 20% in focus regions.
Commitments by InterAction members and private companies have created an unprecedented pool of assets for FTF to leverage to meet its goals. NGOs have pledged to spend over $1.5 billion in private resources on food security, agriculture, and nutrition from 2013 to 2015, and in 2013, U.S. government investments leveraged more than $160 million in private sector investments (a 40 percent increase from 2012). The recent issuance of the FTF Civil Society Action Plan is another important step in further leveraging and engaging civil society.
InterAction’s FY2016 recommendation of $1.2 billion funds FTF programs at the Senate FY2013 level, allowing the U.S. to scale up successful results and strengthen partnerships with national governments, civil society, and private business.
Reducing malnutrition in Senegal through nutrition-led agriculture
If you ask Fanta Diakhité what “nutrition-led agriculture” means to her, it is the difference between health or illness for her six children. It gives her a way to earn money that is beneficial for her entire community.
“With what I earn from selling jujube, I am able to buy clothes for my six children, take care of them when they are sick, and buy various foods to diversify my family’s diet,” Diakhité said.
Diakhité is part of a USAID funded program in Senegal led by NCBA CLUSA, which has successfully integrated agriculture, food security, and nutrition practices to enhance maternal and child nutrition. Initial results indicate that the number of underweight women has decreased by 2.2%; 60% more households are using iodized salt; and the number of households consuming less than two meals per day has been cut in half.
Nutrition-led agriculture targets what crops and products to produce and sell based on the specific nutritional deficiencies in a region. It also incorporates local private sector solutions to address smallholder farmers’ lack of access to quality seeds, herbicides, nutritional food production, and services such as training.
Diakhité is earning $250 in additional income annually by processing and selling locally available wild food products – like jujube, moringa, and baobaob – as affordable nutritional supplements that provide local families with essential micronutrients. To date, the network has earned over $1 million in sales of products and services and has improved health outcomes.