OCTOBER 2020
People Helping People
As Feed the Future turns 10, we are celebrating our Cultivators of Hope. These are people who are going above and beyond to build a better and healthier future for the communities they serve. These changemakers are a critical part of Feed the Future as they bring valuable perspectives, insights and strengths to combat the root causes of hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

On World Food Day, we continued to share and celebrate the stories of individuals who are helping farmers, agribusinesses, and cooperatives around the world generate sustainable and inclusive economic growth and boost nutrition.

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, meet the volunteers, business and community leaders, and innovators who are contributing their expertise and dedication to serve and empower others, especially during these unprecedented times.


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Femme Semencière AINOMA, a family-owned seed company, is at the forefront of global action to end hunger in Niger. It sells affordable, quality seeds to farmers for better yields and income.
In Tanzania, many children and pregnant and lactating mothers face high levels of malnutrition, hindering them from reaching their full economic potential. A new local food company, with help from U.S. business volunteers, is creating a breakfast porridge fortified with nutrients to promote good health and nutrition.
Coffee production is the main livelihood for many in Peru, but farmers often struggle with boosting their harvests. This Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer is training coffee growers on sustainable practices to increase the quality and quantity of the coffee they produce.
These inspiring Cultivators of Hope are innovating and going above and beyond during COVID-19 to ensure families can access the nutritious food and health and nutrition services they need to meet their children's needs.
More From Our Partners
Since 2012, more than 1,000 Peace Corps Volunteers in 40 countries around the world have been a part of Feed the Future. Together, they have reached over 40,000 people each year and helped communities grow sustainable, nutritious food.
With master's degrees in agricultural sciences from the University of Florida and Louisiana State University, these Haitian scholars returned to their country to reverse brain drain and apply their skills to help modernize agriculture in
the country.
In Kenya, food processors create safe and nutritious food for vulnerable communities. Businesses in this vital sector are adapting the way they reach consumers to weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join global leaders across the world virtually on November 18, 2020, for a one-day conference exploring the current state and future trends in agriculture, food security, resilient populations and technology.
In Case You Missed It
Chicago Council's Vice President, Brian Hanson, sits down with Jim Barnhart, Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator, to discuss why there is still hope for ending hunger.
(Also available on major podcast apps.)
From increasing yields of key crops to improving livestock productivity to making technology more accessible to farmers, our partners like Washington State University, Cornell University, the University of Florida and the University of Illinois are helping end hunger with innovation.
Rob Bertram, USAID's Chief Scientist, discusses the impact of the pandemic on global food insecurity, how Feed the Future is responding and how U.S. universities are getting involved to fight global hunger, poverty
and malnutrition.
The World Food Program received the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting hunger, especially at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic could push over 100 million more people into poverty and hunger. We congratulate the thousands of people in the organization who have committed their lives to ending global hunger for this well-deserved recognition. We are proud to be a partner!
Congratulations to Dr. Rattan Lal on being awarded the 2020 World Food Prize! Dr. Lal has promoted innovative soil-saving techniques benefitting the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improving the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people.
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Photo Credits: WorldVision; U.S. African Development Foundation; Bobby Neptune; NCBA CLUSA; Bobby Neptune; Chando Mapoma for USAID; Douglas Gritzmacher for USAID.
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.