Feed the Future: 2016 Year in Review

In many countries, the path to prosperity runs through agriculture. The sector provides a powerful means of reducing hunger, poverty and malnutrition. With the right investment and policies, it can also be an engine of growth and stability for developing economies, providing dignified and sustainable work.

Through the Feed the Future initiative, the U.S. Government has rallied global leaders to help developing countries unlock agriculture’s potential. Along the way, we’ve transformed the way we address the root causes of poverty and hunger through agricultural development.

With bipartisan support, collaboration with a diverse array of partners, country leadership, and a focus on results, Feed the Future has made exciting progress. Last year alone, we helped 9 million food producers use new tools and technologies and reached nearly 18 million children with nutrition help.

Results like these are contributing to early impact, with data showing drops of up to 36 percent in poverty and up to 40 percent in child stunting within many Feed the Future countries. This year also marked enactment of the historic Global Food Security Act and creation of a new U.S. Government strategy for global food security to accompany it. Read on to learn more about progress made this year in the global effort to end hunger and promote prosperity.

Feed the Future by the numbers. [Feed the Future photo]


U.S. leadership and investment in global food security has leveraged billions from donors and the private sector to fight global hunger. But Feed the Future is about more than just money. Our model has dramatically improved the way the U.S. Government does business, facilitating effective, evidence-based, multi-stakeholder development to achieve lasting success.


New data show Feed the Future is contributing to reductions in poverty and child stunting in many of the places where we work. Many factors have contributed to this progress, including bipartisan support in Congress, a relentless focus on results, partnerships that maximize our investments, and research and innovation. Together, we are building a world free of hunger and poverty.


Partnership is at the core of everything we do at Feed the Future. We can’t achieve a food-secure world – one where all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong – alone. In 2016, Feed the Future continued meaningful collaboration with governments, businesses, researchers, universities, civil society, and innovators. We achieve more when we bring all of our tools and resources together.


Local capacity for lasting food security, good nutrition and economic growth is getting stronger in the countries where we work. But we must sustain this momentum. The Global Food Security Act of 2016 codified Feed the Future’s successful approach, and we submitted a new U.S. Government strategy to Congress outlining how we’ll collaborate to accelerate global food security and nutrition in the years ahead.

Editor's Note: This entry was adapted from Feed the Future's full 2016 Year in Review that originally appeared on the Feed the Future website.



Simon Q.
Texas, USA
January 3, 2017
I think secure world: one where all children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong. How to fight global hunger?
Chaithali R.
December 23, 2016

TRADITIONAL methods with advaced technology makes a country better living

Mary M.
Virginia, USA
December 23, 2016
While voting for today's UN Security Council's resolution would gave been nice, I understand political realities. Thanks for abstaining. It's a start. We're all going to have a rocky four years. Hang on.
kaweesi a.
January 3, 2017
Am very happy for what your doing for people in Uganda but we operate from Kampala with sharing pain foundation kids in the ghetto have food but have no skills its what I ask to be helped with. Let's skill them together.
A program field technician demonstrates good agricultural practices such as pruning and trellising to a female long bean farmer in Cambodia. [USAID Photo]
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