Newsletter Issue 70 • July 2018
Helping Communities Build Resilience
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. 
As we prepare to meet increasingly dynamic challenges in our mission to secure a future free from hunger, we also reflect back on the progress made thus far. Read on to see how Feed the Future and our partners are adapting to meet the challenges of a changing world and helping people boost their resilience to protect and accelerate growth in the years ahead. 
Feed the Future in Action
“Feed the Future has an approach that works, and yields results. Through proven investments, we are making great strides that will one day usher in a world free of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition. This is a noble vision. It is an American vision. And it is a vision I am proud to support.”
-- Mark Green, USAID Administrator
New technology shields farmers in vulnerable areas from risk and helps them build their resilience.
In the face of shocks, like drought and conflict, women’s groups find new ways to make a living.
Farming communities in Niger and Burkina Faso learn to build resilience and expand economic opportunities .
Working with global partners, farmers are growing more despite the invasive fall armyworm.
Partner Stories
Young entrepreneurs find new paths to realizing their goals by growing their chocolate businesses at home. 
A shift in mindset has enabled dairy farmers to generate stable income to sustain their livelihoods.
Volunteers in over 60 countries are addressing the most pressing development issues of our time.
A community in Malawi builds resilience one drop of water at a time .
Communities are building resilience with new tools to access insurance.
Coffee growers modernize their industry, increasing yields, quality and and revenues.
Featured Video
USAID and the Global Shea Alliance help 16 million women from 21 African countries collect, harvest and sell shea products around the world. By linking these communities to the global market, USAID helps families earn a reliable source of income and advance in their development journey.
Upcoming Events
World Breastfeeding Week
August 1–7, 2018
Worldwide & Online
F eed the Future Week
September 10–14, 2018
Multiple Locations & Online
What We're Reading
MSU Grad Students Tackle Food Security at Borlaug Summer Institute
Supporting Mango Farming Among Women in Kitui County, Kenya
Photo Credits: Feature Image – Douglas Gritzmacher, USAID.
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.