Reflecting on 2020
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed our world immeasurably. Feed the Future quickly pivoted to help communities cope with the economic fallout. With our vast network of worldwide partners, we continued to cultivate hope for a more resilient, food-secure world. 2020 marked our 10-year anniversary and we commemorated progress made toward greater food security and nutrition in vulnerable communities around the world, while rededicating ourselves to the work ahead.
We asked our partners what gives them hope that we can still end hunger in our lifetime. See what they had to say.
Partnering to Drive Lasting Change
Feed the Future forged new partnerships across sectors to bring unique skills and resources together to advance food security and nutrition.
New University Partnerships Advance Innovation
Our newest Feed the Future Innovation Labs bring together U.S. and partner country researchers and institutions to advance solutions for ending global hunger.Read More
A New Commitment to Unlock Finance in Africa
USAID, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the IKEA Foundation announced a $30 million commitment to Aceli Africa, an innovative partnership that unlocks capital for agricultural development.Read More
Responding to COVID-19
We adapted our efforts to address the impact of the pandemic on food systems.Read More
New Think Tank to Help African Countries Rebuild Food Systems
Akademiya2063, an African think tank, was launched to boost COVID-19 response and recovery in the short term and eliminate poverty and hunger in the long term by using sound policy.Learn More
New Fund Helps Small Businesses Weather COVID-19
We provided grants to 10 small and medium agribusinesses to address COVID-19’s economic impact on emerging markets and help companies pivot in response to the pandemic to keep their businesses open and running safely.Meet the Grantees
State Department Launches New Fund for Private Sector Engagement
The COVID-19 Private Sector Engagement and Partnership Fund is helping the world’s most vulnerable overcome the impact of the pandemic and strengthening private sector efforts to respond to the economic effects of the virus.Learn More
USAID Expands Partnership to Protect Supply Chains and Businesses
USAID, Keurig Dr Pepper, Root Capital and Ezrah Charitable Trust joined efforts to help small and growing agricultural businesses stay operational and resilient during COVID-19, supporting smallholder farmers and rural communities.Read More
A Place to Trade
In the past, recurring droughts in Kenya often set families in Veronica's community back, making it difficult to escape poverty. Feed the Future helped build a safe and reliable marketplace for traders like Veronica to thrive.
Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity
Feed the Future not only catalyzed investments for entrepreneurs, but also celebrated women and youth leaders who are bringing new voices and opportunities to agribusiness, STEM and beyond.
Lifting Up Women-Owned Business Ventures
We empowered two more Ugandan entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level with the Feed the Future Growing Women’s Entrepreneurship Award.Read More
Women Scientists Share Their Stories for International Women's Day
Six women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics shared words of wisdom from their professional journeys.Read More
DFC Commits to Invest $6 Billion in Women
With a groundbreaking commitment to catalyze private investment for women’s economic empowerment, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation continued to break barriers for women around the world.Read More
USADF, USAID, and Citi Foundation Team Up to Invest in Young African Social Entrepreneurs
The U.S. African Development Foundation and USAID announced grants to 42 young African social entrepreneurs developing businesses for social and community change.Read More
Meet Our Cultivators of Hope
With support from Feed the Future, these extraordinary individuals adapted in the face of great hardship and brought greater resilience and strength to their communities. Here are the leaders taking action to help communities stay resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A teacher, leader and entrepreneur taking on nutrition in Senegal.Read Her Story
A Ugandan business owner working to keep her yogurt company running through the pandemic.Read Her Story
A Ghanaian innovator working to “create an Africa where no one has to go to bed on an empty stomach anymore.”Read His Story
A smallholder farmer in Nepal expanding her dairy business with modern machinery.Read Her Story
A chief operating officer immersed in the transformation of Tanzania’s dairy industry.Read Her Story
A sales technician on a mission to help Guatemalan farmers achieve heartier harvests.Read His Story
Since 2011, Feed the Future has:
Unlocked over $3.5 billion in agricultural financing
Helped farmers generate more than $13.7 billion in agricultural sales
Helped develop and deploy over 1,000 innovations
Top Reads of 2020
We shared our impact every step of the way, and here are the top reads that resonated most with you in 2020.
Young Entrepreneur Rethinks Future, Pursues Rural Agribusiness
For young Kenyans who struggle to make a living in urban areas, a career in agribusiness can be the path to success. They can take the skills learned from their university studies and urban jobs to become the next generation of agripreneurs. Lenah Mwangi is a 29-year-old graduate who did exactly that by leveraging her business-savvy mindset and passion for farming.Read More
Fishers Find Success Through Seaweed in Bangladesh
Due to a fishing ban in place along the Naf River in Bangledesh, many fisherfolk have found a new way to make a living: seaweed farming. With simpler techniques, less expensive equipment and easy harvesting, seaweed farming comes with many benefits for fisherfolk. Feed the Future is supporting their transition to a new livelihood.Read More
American Volunteer Brings Compost Solutions for Coffee to Peru
With support from the Farmer-to-Farmer program, the APROECO coffee cooperative helped coffee farmers in the San Martin region of Peru to carry out composting training with growers in the area to improve their soil. Over time, this helped the coffee farmers become more competitive and resilient in the face of COVID-19.Read More
Closing Gaps Through Animation to Build Food Security
After years of working in the education field, Julia Bello-Bravo knows how innovations in science can benefit communities and vulnerable families. Thanks to advances in technology like the proliferation of cell phones, she is helping low-literate learners gain equitable access to education through easy-to-understand animations.Read More
The progress we have achieved in the past 10 years of Feed the Future gives us hope that we will overcome the challenges before us. Today, our partners and local communities are leading the way toward a brighter, more resilient future.
In 2021, we are looking forward to:
- Helping communities rebuild for resilience in the wake of COVID-19
- Participating in the UN Food Systems Summit and Nutrition for Growth
- Sharing new impact data from more Feed the Future countries
- Refreshing our foundational global food security strategy
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