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We #EndHunger by Scaling Innovation for Sustainable Progress

We #EndHunger by Scaling Innovation for Sustainable Progress

2018 Feed the Future Week — Join the #EndHunger Conversation

This year marks the 3rd Annual Feed the Future Week!

Feed the Future is America’s global hunger initiative. At the heart of our work is the idea that together — through innovation, partnerships, and a commitment to making a difference — we can end global hunger.

I began my career in international development 30 years ago. During that time, I have seen the transformative power of our work in some of the most-challenging places in the world. Feed the Future, America’s initiative to combat global hunger, is one of the most important advancements I have seen.

— Mark Green, USAID Administrator

We do that by bringing together the best of American ingenuity and innovation to create solutions that lift smallholder farmers out of poverty, empower women and youth, and help children get the right nutrition for a healthy start in life. With our partners, Feed the Future is moving the needle on poverty and stunting. Since the initiative started, an estimated 23.4 million more people are living above the poverty line, 3.4 million more children are living free of stunting, and 5.2 million more families no longer suffer from hunger.

But our progress isn’t guaranteed. To sustainably reduce global hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the decade ahead, we will have to protect and accelerate this progress in an increasingly dynamic world.

Throughout this week, we’ll be highlighting our progress to date and showcasing how our partnerships are vital to fighting hunger and poverty and creating economic opportunities. So far, we have highlighted our efforts in strengthening resilience in the face of adversity and empowering communities to improve nutrition.

Scaling Innovation for Sustainable Progress

Photo by Greg Kahn for USAID

Feed the Future works with partners around the world to translate research and innovation into adaptable, affordable solutions that smallholder producers can use to solve their most pressing food security challenges. Through a network of more than 20 Feed the Future Innovation Labs, we help develop and scale tools and technologies that address emerging threats, tackle production challenges, and help families raise healthy children.

But greater productivity and innovation alone are not enough to feed a growing and changing world — private sector-driven growth is also essential. Feed the Future’s enterprise-driven development model embraces the creativity and entrepreneurship that the private sector brings and the notion that involving businesses will help achieve sustained impact. We leverage the expertise and ingenuity of more than 60 U.S.-based companies and an extensive network of local and international companies to create better business opportunities, link smallholders to growing markets, and expand access to innovative finance and technologies.

Read on for stories from our partners to learn how we catalyze innovation and partnership to improve global food security and meet dynamic challenges.

Wheat’s complex genome finally deciphered, offering hope for better harvests and nonallergenic varieties (Science Magazine)

Resolute Texan Brings Water to Rural Ghana as Peace Corps volunteer (Peace Corps)

Feed the Future Fall Armyworm Tech Prize

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