As the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future works hand-in-hand with partner countries to develop their agriculture sectors and break the vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. We are helping people feed themselves and creating important opportunities for a new generation of young people, while building a more stable world.
Taking Action for Women in Agrifood Systems
Women have always worked in agrifood systems, but these systems have not always worked for women. That’s because barriers have stood in their way, preventing them from making their fullest contributions. Last year, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) “Status of Women in Agrifood Systems” report showed us just how slow progress has been in closing the gender gap in agriculture over the past decade. Their access to irrigation, livestock, land ownership and extension services has barely budged over the past decade. Also, they are facing these challenges at a time of immense global shocks. Read More
The Dirt on Soil: Healthy Soil is Super Hero in Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change
Coming out of the devastating Dust Bowl, President Roosevelt wrote a letter imploring all state governors to take action to help “conserve the soil as our basic asset.” In it, he warned that “The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.” His words still ring true today. Nearly all of the food we eat comes directly or indirectly from our soils, and without healthy soils, we will destroy our ability to feed ourselves. While much of the earth’s soil has started to rebound, about one-third of soils worldwide are degraded mainly because we have not done our part to care for them... Read More
Q&A with Ann Vaughan, USAID Senior Advisor for Climate Change: Tackling Gender Inequality Lessens Hunger
While climate change affects everyone, its effects are not felt equally. Farmers worldwide face threats to their livelihoods from devastating seasonal changes and extreme weather. Read more
Dual-Purpose Seeds in Senegal Make Life Easier and More Profitable for Farmers
Innovative, specially-bred dual-purpose millet and cowpea seed varieties can be grown on the same plot of land at the same time and grow bigger plants… Read more
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