Global Agriculture & Food Security Program

$23 million*

Minimum Requirement for American Leadership

 
The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) actively works to provide predictable, transparent, long-term investments that lead to increases in agricultural production, link farmers to markets, reduce risk and vulnerability, improve rural livelihoods, and provide technical assistance to governments.

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Justification for Funding

  • GAFSP is unique in how it delivers and channels aid, making innovative, catalytic, and integrated investments to achieve transformational change in agriculture and food security. Its programs are strategically positioned to build on existing mechanisms and target funding.
  • Between 2009 and 2015, GAFSP allocated $1.2 billion to country-led agriculture investments in 41 countries.
  • GAFSP programs are focused on combating gender inequality. Over half of GAFSP projects support improved nutrition and one-third of project beneficiaries are women.
  • Since GAFSP’s inception in 2009, the US has provided $613 million to fund programming. U.S. contributions to GAFSP leverage donations from other international donors including contributions from the public sector and private 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.

Cost of Cuts Below $23 Million

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  • Less funding for GAFSP would mean a widening financial gap in agricultural sectors of developing countries who rely on the grants, loans, and equity investments provided by GAFSP.
  • In addition to agriculture, 62% of GAFSP public projects generate full-time jobs. A loss in funding for GAFSP would lead to a decrease in job provisions and an increase in unemployment throughout developing countries.

 

$23 million

Opportunity to Catalyze American Leadership

 

Justification for Full Funding

  • 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. Continued funding for GAFSP allows for the continued improvement of incomes and food and nutrition security in low-income countries by boosting agricultural productivity.
  • Despite the global need for food security assistance programs, in 2017 the U.S. chose not to pledge additional funds to GAFSP. This was in direct contrast to past pledging efforts. 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.

Impact of Full Funding

In Togo, GAFSP investment has reached to 60,000 farmers, 13,000 livestock raisers, 1,600 fishermen, and 500 fish traders across the country.

  • Maintaining a budget of $23 million dollars for GAFSP permits the organization to continue to mobilize and modernize agricultural sectors as well as bolster economies in developing countries such as Ethiopia. Ethiopia is one the least developed countries in Africa with a per capita GDP of $541 growth in agriculture, with the assistance of GAFSP is critical for the Ethiopian economy.
  • Approximately 75% of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. In fishing villages, such as Agbonou in Togo, where the rural poor do not have access to utilities such as refrigerators, fishermen are found constantly throwing away fish they were not able to sell during the day. When GAFSP began to invest into the rural community, fishermen were now able to preserve their produce; allowing for a maximization of profits.

*Enacted FY17 Appropriation

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