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Feed the Future has shown that progress on ending hunger is possible. By bringing partners together to invest in agriculture, resilience and nutrition, we have helped millions of families around the world lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.

  • 23.4 Million
    More people above the poverty line after seven years in areas where we work (estimate)
  • 3.4 Million
    More children not stunted after seven years in areas where we work (estimate)
  • 1000+
    Innovations developed and deployed
  • $6.2 Billion
    in agricultural financing for food security unlocked (2011-2022)
  • 5.2 Million
    More families not hungry after seven years in areas where we work (estimate)
  • $28 Billion
    Generated in agricultural sales to help farmers (2011-2022)

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Feed the Future Performance Targets

For more than a decade, Feed the Future–the U.S. government’s flagship global food security initiative–has worked to end hunger, poverty and malnutrition and build sustainable, resilient food systems. Led by USAID, the Initiative has helped reduce extreme poverty by 19 percent, hunger by 30 percent, and child stunting by 26 percent in the areas where we work.

However, hunger still plagues 735 million people around the world and our challenge to create sustainable food systems will only get harder as the climate crisis deepens. As Feed the Future evolves to meet these challenges, we have set five new targets that will guide our investments and help us achieve our overarching goals of reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.

The new targets focus on key areas that we know will be critical to sustainable food systems now and in the future: addressing climate change, supporting and empowering women in agriculture, leveraging the private sector, and bolstering healthy diets.

  • $7 billion in annual sales by producers and firms receiving USG assistance
  • $876 million in new private sector investment leveraged by the USG to support food security and nutrition
  • Gender parity in access to finance among FTF program participants
  • 7.3 million cultivated hectares under climate adaptation/climate risk management practices and technologies with USG assistance
  • More than half of women in Feed the Future Zones of Influence consume a nutritious diet
Woman carrying her harvested crops

How We Measure Progress

Feed the Future has a rigorous system by which we monitor, evaluate and learn from our work. Our U.S. Government partners report results from their programs as part of this system.

We analyze the data sources outlined below that make up this system, which helps us continuously learn from and improve our efforts. To make this level of monitoring, evaluation and learning more sustainable over time, we also help countries strengthen their own national data systems.

The Feed the Future monitoring, evaluation and learning system also includes:

  • A results framework that outlines how we expect our efforts will lead to our goal of sustainably reducing global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
  • Standard and custom indicators that track progress and help us monitor performance.
  • Evaluations that help us better understand how effective our various efforts have been and why.
  • A learning agenda that identifies gaps in evidence that we aim to fill so we can further improve our work in the future.

We recently upgraded this system to align with the U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy. While we begin using this upgraded system, Feed the Future will also continue to track progress against poverty and hunger in our original 19 Feed the Future focus countries through 2019 to complete reporting on the initiative’s first phase.

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