On Our Plate: U.S. Global Food Security Act Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Posted by on July 17th, 2017 | 0 Comments »

A farmer in Nepal heads to a collection center to sell her fresh harvest of vegetables. A USAID program in her country has been helping vulnerable communities and households like hers increase their resilience with access to agricultural and nutrition help and business opportunities. Photo by USAID’s Business Literacy Program

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA) authorizing the USAID-led Feed the Future Initiative (FTF). The GFSA was passed by both houses of Congress with strong bi-partisan support and was signed by President Obama.

Created in 2010, as part of the U.S. response to the global food price crisis, Feed the Future concentrates U.S. investments in agricultural development, food security and nutrition in select focus countries. Nineteen countries were chosen; 12 are in Africa, four in Asia and three in Latin America and the Caribbean.

By 2015, Feed the Future succeeded in boosting rural family farming incomes in these countries by $800 million. In Africa alone, FTF has provided nearly 2.5 million farmers access to improved agriculture technologies and practices and has generated $600 million in new rural loans. You can read FTF’s latest progress report, here.

Dedicating United States resources to global agricultural development is a smart investment “bargain” that pays back high dividends in the form of productive U.S. agriculture, job expansion, economic growth, and greater security and stability, both here and overseas. GFSA legislation ensures that the core tenants of FTF will guide U.S. development assistance for years to come.

The Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) SMART Investments paper, released in June, 2017, details U.S. actions to solve hunger and poverty, including the 2016 Global Food Security Act and additional recommendations to improve agriculture and food security.

For more on the importance of cultivating partnerships between producers, the private sector, and governments, read this chapter from the 2016 Global Agricultural Productivity Report® (GAP Report®).

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