Global Agriculture & Food Security Program

FY2017 Funding Recommendation:  
$43 million

 

Funding History

       Enacted   

       President's FY2017 Request   

       InterAction's FY2017 Recommendation

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Justification

 Key Facts

  • GAFSP has already reached approximately 3.5 million beneficiaries, mainly smallholder farmers and their families, and is expected to improve the incomes and food security of more than 10 million beneficiaries overall.

  • GAFSP has allocated $1 billion to country-led agriculture investment in 30 countries.

  • U.S. contributions to GAFSP have already leveraged donations from nine other donors.

  • Over half of GAFSP projects support improved nutrition and one-third of project beneficiaries are women.

  • Project highlights: In Bangladesh fish production has increased 50%, in Rwanda farmer incomes have improved five-fold, and in Togo rice yields have increased 30%.

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a trust fund managed by the World Bank, provides predictable, transparent, long-term investments to increase agricultural production, link farmers to markets, reduce risk and vulnerability, improve rural livelihoods, and provide technical assistance to governments. GAFSP includes both a public sector and a private sector financing window. The public sector window assists with strategic country or regional-led programs resulting from sector-wide country and/or regional consultations and planning exercises. The private sector window supports private sector activities for improving agricultural development and food security by providing long- and short-term loans, credit guarantees, and equity.

GAFSP expects that current and planned projects will help over 10 million smallholder farmers and their families improve their income and food security. Agriculture growth is 2-4 times more effective at reducing poverty than growth in any other sector. Smallholder farmers are the largest private sector investors in developing country agriculture, and targeted public investments remain critical to supporting them in reaching their productive potential.

In October 2012, the U.S. pledged to contribute $1 to GAFSP for every $2 from other donors. This pledge leverages donations from other donor countries, as U.S. contributions to GAFSP have successfully done in the past. In 2015, the U.S. fully funded its original pledge. Going into 2016, donor countries are currently renewing pledges to the GAFSP, and a U.S. contribution of $43 million in FY2017 will maintain the same level of funding from FY2016 and demonstrate continued U.S. leadership in global food and nutrition security programming.

Success Story

GAFSP Project Transforms Lives and Sustainability for Fishing Communities in Togo

Abla Akoda lives in Agbonou, a fishing village surrounding the Nangbeto Dam in Togo in West Africa, where she is a fish trader but has often struggled to keep the fish she sold fresh. Without access to refrigeration she would either have to rely on the weather or spend her meager savings to buy expensive ice. But since the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) began investing in her community she is no longer struggling. “With the ice making equipment that we got from the project, my activity has improved and so has my income,” Abla explained.

Like Abla, hundreds of fishermen and fish traders in nearby villages have been supported with equipment and trainings through the Agricultural Sector Support Project (PASA), a 5-year national agricultural development initiative of the government of Togo. The $53.9-million initiative works to improve the productive capacity of food producers across Togo, including 60,000 farmers, 13,000 livestock raisers, 1,600 fishermen, and 500 fish traders. One-third of the funding for the initiative is provided by GAFSP.

Like Abla, 40% of the PASA beneficiaries are women and youth who often have the most difficulty accessing resources and credit for agricultural production and processing. In Togo, women are traditionally in charge of buying the fish from the fishermen to prepare them for market, either as smoked, fried, or fresh fish. The PASA initiative has supported women’s cooperatives with equipment and training to help them improve their ongoing activities and increase their income. For example, the 25-member cooperative Katche-ire, of which Abla Akoda is a member, purchased two ice-making machines, a freezer, and ice boxes using a combination of the cooperative's own funds and financial support from the PASA to improve hygiene and ensure a continuous cold chain for fresh fish. PASA's support to women in the fish sector in Nangbeto is already producing concrete results: “I have been able to build a permanent house in which I now live with my children,” says Abla.

The support provided for Nangbeto fishermen targets both income generation and sustainability. A new guard patrol that includes fishermen from all five Nangbeto fishing communities ensures that the fishermen use the large-meshed nets distributed through the project and discontinue previous practices that endangered fish eggs and the lake’s biodiversity. In addition, training on livestock rearing and the distribution of hens, roosters, and materials to build improved poultry houses both encourages fishermen to respect the 3-month period of biological rest that is required to preserve the lake’s fish population while also developing a new income generating activity.

 

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