The University of California, Davis, will lead a new global research program to build and test ways to overcome some of the biggest remaining challenges for lifting and keeping rural families out of poverty in developing countries. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience (MRR), established with a five-year USAID grant of up to $30 million, will study the root causes of poverty and food insecurity with an emphasis on risk from disasters like drought, flood or conflict. The research will help U.S. investments in development to have a lasting impact despite these reoccurring risks.
The University of Georgia has received a $14 million grant from the U.S. Agency of International Development to manage the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut Research, known as the “Peanut Lab,” a global peanut research program that works to alleviate hunger by helping farmers in developing countries grow healthy crops.
For the first time in human history, the end of hunger is well within our reach. While courageous and passionate individuals have been working to end this scourge for decades, a recent confluence of political will, public-private partnerships and funding has made this ambition possible.
Growth in agriculture is more effective at cutting poverty than growth in other sectors in sub-Saharan Africa because farming is a main source of income for more than 60 percent of the labor force, and will continue to be a major employer in most countries for a decade or more, the report noted.
It won’t be easy. Millions still don’t have enough to eat, and the population is growing faster than ever. Even so, experts believe that if we work together, we have a chance to end hunger by as soon as 2030.
In 2013, with support from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, Compatible Technology International, a nonprofit organization that designs and distributes postharvest processing tools for smallholders, introduced its pearl millet tools in Senegal.
The World Cocoa Foundation, through a partnership with the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, WCF member companies, and producing country governments, champions effective strategies that enable cocoa farmers to address one of the main underlying causes of hunger—having enough income to purchase quality, nutritious food near where they live.