October 31, 2012
The Global Need
food production will have to rise by60 percent by 2050 to meet rising demand
from growing populations, increased incomes, and the diversionof food crops for energy. However, funding levels for donor investment in agriculture development are wellbelow where they need to be if the world is to avert a major crisis.
Importance of Funding
Almost 900 million people
1 out of 8 men, women and children in the world
are suffering from chronichunger,
while more than 3 million children die each year from malnutrition
. Hunger robs the poor of healthy and productive lives and stunts the mental and physical development of young children
but there is asolution. Smallholder farmers already provide up to 80 percent of the food supply in Asian and sub-Saharan Africa, but many lack the resources necessary to boost productivity, quality and sustainability of their harvests.
Feed the Future focuses on the root causes of chronic hunger by
improving farmers’ ability to produce and
bring their crops to market in a sustainable way, to grow economies, increase food security and promote long-term stability and resilience. Investments in a gender-sensitive, inclusive, agriculture-led growth includeimproving agricultural productivity, expanding markets and trade, and increasing the economic resilience of vulnerable rural communities.
The Impact of Funding
Success is Possible
Through increased focus on training smallholders to run successful farms, establishing partnerships withagribusinesses, improving financial and agricultural services, and reducing trade barriers, farmers in the 20Feed the Future target countries are increasing their competitiveness in national and international markets. InFY 2011, US Government agricultural assistance
benefited over 4.3 million farmers
and succeeded inhelping 5.2 million farmers adopt new technologies or management practices. Some of the accomplishments of Feed the Future funding through the Development Assistance account include:
Increasing the value
sales at the farm level
from $900,000 in FY2010 to
inFeed the Future countries such as Guatemala, Liberia, Haiti, and Nepal in FY2011;
Increasing the value
in FY 2011; and
Increasing farmer incomes in Haiti in targeted households by 76%
through agriculture production andprocessing activities.
*The House SFOPS passed bill for FY 2012 does not include a specific funding amount for Feed the Future programming.
**“$1 billion from the Development Assistance Account, and $200 million from
Food and Agricultural Organization.(2012). How to Feed the World in 2050. As retrieved from http://bit.ly/Wcg4v
Food and Agriculture Organization. (2012) Factsheet, Smallholders and Family Farmers. As retrieved from:http://bit.ly/Wcg4v
Feed the Future
FY13 Committee Approved Funding*
Senate: $1.2 billion**FY12 Estimate:1.17 billion
Significance of Funding Levels
Supporting the Senate Committee level of
for Feed the Futurewould increase impact on food and nutrition security by:
Expanding public-private partnerships,
such as existing partnerships with WalMart, PepsiCo,
Improving markets and trade, and increasing economic resilience in vulnerable rural communities;
Reducing long-term vulnerability to food insecurity, helping to prevent costly crises such as the 2011famine in the Horn of Africa and the 2012 food crisis in the Sahel; and
Accelerating agricultural production, increasing adoption of technology, improving quality and access tomarket information and infrastructure.