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Keeping Promises on Food Security

By Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy for Feed the Future

Read the full post on the U.S. Department of State DipNote blog

This year marks the final year of L’Aquila Food Security Initiative donor governments’ pledge to mobilize over $22 billion toward global food security over three years, of which the United States pledged $3.5 billion. Food security is a critical priority as it is closely linked to economic growth, social progress, political stability, and peace.

In the United States, this pledge is embodied in Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Taking a uniquely comprehensive approach to food security by investing in entire agricultural value chains, from seeds to markets to consumers, Feed the Future is the largest investment in agricultural development the United States has made in decades.

Beyond improving farm and ranch production, Feed the Future also works with underserved agricultural workers, and prioritizes improvements in their nutrition as well as their income. Women producers are supported within Feed the Future programs through several mechanisms including innovation funds to develop technology appropriate to them, and diversification programs that improve nutrition, specifically targeting the 1,000 day window from pregnancy through a child(tm)s second birthday. Adequate nutrition during this window is critical to a healthy pregnancy, and developing a child’s lifetime cognitive and physical capacity. 

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