Feed the Future

FY2017 Funding Recommendation:  
$1.2 billion


Funding History


       President's FY2017 Request   

       InterAction's FY2017 Recommendation


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 Key Facts

Globally, 795 million people are hungry, and malnutrition causes nearly half of all deaths of children under the age of 5 (nearly 3 million per year). 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 pledged to spend over $1.5 billion in private resources on food security, agriculture, and nutrition from 2013 to 2015, and in 2014, U.S. government investments leveraged almost $152 million in private sector investments. The 2014 issuance of the FTF Civil Society Action Plan is another important step in further leveraging and engaging civil society.

InterAction’s FY2017 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.

Success Story

Fostering Women’s Leadership by Filling the GAPP in Honduras

Marlén Melgar serves as the coordinator for the Office on Women in the municipality of Tambla, in the Lempira district in Honduras. Her job is to help women’s agricultural enterprises advocate for funding from the 5% of the municipal budget that by law is earmarked for gender activities.

Both the office and the position are brand new, created as a result of the advocacy of the women’s network in the municipality. Being the first in this position makes Marlén understandably both excited and nervous.

“[When I first got the position] I thought, ‘I don’t know anything about how to be a coordinator.’” Marlén says. “There had never been such a space for women before.”

The Women’s Network is part of the Gender in Agriculture from Policy to Practice (GAPP) project initiated by Lutheran World Relief, with the support of Feed the Future, in 10 municipalities in Western Honduras. The aim of GAPP is to help women and men to advocate for policy changes that enhance women’s access to credit and respond to their needs in agriculture.

With the training and support provided by the GAPP project, the Women’s Network of Tambla has organized its board of directors and committees, and has taken the initiative to create a rural savings bank with the goal of carrying out activities that generate income for the network and its members.

Since the start of the project, GAPP has directly reached 2,721 women in strengthening their civic participation by building leadership, public speaking, and management skills in 10 women’s networks in the Lempira district. These networks serve as a collective voice for women in their respective communities.

The project has also been directly working with 885 men to reinforce partnership and collaboration with women using an innovative masculinities methodology to promote changes in male attitudes towards equitable political and economic participation by women.

Rodrigo Ramos, a grain farmer, is the president of a rural credit institution in the nearby Tomalá municipality. Along with men from other rural credit institutions, he participated in the intensive gender awareness training.

During the trainings, Rodrigo shared life experiences that have shaped his notion of gender roles, and recognized that in order to promote gender equality, he and other men need to play an active role. “My big challenge is to involve more women in the rural credit institutions and their boards,” he says. “I am hopeful that at least two women will soon be part of the board of directors. We’ve been actively lobbying on behalf of these women.”

Today, members of the women’s municipal networks are working with local governments to effectively use the allocated public funds, while men who participated in gender awareness training are becoming more aware of the challenges women face and are working to ensure they receive equitable resources.

Photo: Trini Ariztia, Lutheran World Relief


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