Feed the Future has made significant progress against hunger, poverty and malnutrition since the 2007 and 2008 global food price spikes, but our work is becoming increasingly difficult. Shocks, like floods, drought and conflict, and ongoing stresses, like scarce natural resources, price volatility and political fragility, threaten to slow the strides we’ve made and undo development gains around the world. So, now more than ever, we’re prioritizing investments that proactively build resilience.
We work with a host of partners to promote agriculture-led growth and good nutrition, and help communities get the tools they need to better manage, and proactively respond to, shocks like drought or conflict when they happen without falling back. For example, we help families grow more food with less water, increase their income, and afford insurance. That way, they can grow and eat nutritious foods, make a living, and advance on their development journey, no matter what.
This isn’t just an aspiration: It’s achievable. Today, more families are living above the poverty line and more children have escaped the devastating effects of stunting in places where Feed the Future works. And they’re doing it despite severe shocks like droughts and floods.