Feed the Future

$1 billion*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

Feed the Future is a U.S. government initiative to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in the developing world and improve global food security and nutrition. It takes a comprehensive, sustainable approach to agricultural development and is leading the implementation of the Global Food Security Act that was passed into law with strong bipartisan support in 2016.

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Justification for Funding

  • Since 2011, Feed the Future programs have achieved impressive progress in combating food insecurity and poverty in the targeted program areas of the original 19 focus countries.
  • Feed the Future catalyzes local country ownership of agriculture production. In Africa, Feed the Future partner governments have outpaced their neighbors’ domestic investments in agriculture and increased their investments by an average of 35%.
  • Feed the Future leverages partnerships with the private sector, U.S. research universities and American farmers to advance science, technology, and innovation to deliver cost-effective and results oriented development solutions.

Cost of Cuts Below $1 Billion

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  • Proposed reductions in funding for Feed the Future has already had an impact and limited the number of countries that receive comprehensive program investments. The number of Feed the Future target countries was reduced from 19 to 12 in 2017.
  • Hunger and malnutrition prevent millions of people in developing countries from living healthy, productive lives and stunt the mental and physical development of future generations.

$1 billion*

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership


Justification for Full Funding

  • While progress on hunger is possible the global need for food security assistance continues to be great.
  • Food insecurity is on the rise, with about 815 million people suffering from hunger in 2016 -38 million more than in 2015. The rise in hunger figures is the consequence of an increasing number of conflicts and climate shocks, such as droughts and floods.
  • In an era where conflicts are on the rise and evidence continues to emerge on how stable agricultural and food markets can prevent violence and instability, contributions under Feed the Future are vital to build resilience to conflict, volatility, and environmental shocks.
  • NGOs pledged to spend over $1.5 billion in private resources on food security, agriculture, and nutrition from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015, U.S. government investments leveraged over $154 million in private sector investments.

Impact of Full Funding

Since 2011, Feed the Future farmers have achieved higher product yields and earned $2.6 billion in new agricultural sales.

  • With full funding at the authorized level of $1 billion, Feed the Future would be able to fully invest in existing target programs and expand the impact of the work.
  • With full funding, in the upcoming second phase of Feed the Future (2017-2021), the interagency will focus on:
    • Targeted investments in 12 target countries.
    • Elevating the importance of nutrition programs, especially in the key first 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday.
    • Better integrating water, sanitation, and hygiene needs into programs.
    • Increases focus on strengthening resilience among people and systems.
    • Better connecting Feed the Future programs throughout the entire agriculture and food system.

*Enacted FY18 Omnibus Appropriation

For more information, please contact: Sara Nitz, snitz@interaction.org

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