USAID-OFDA Agriculture and Food Security Sector Update - October 2013
Drought, floods, insect infestations, and other natural disasters can destroy crops and kill livestock, while conflict often prevents farmers from planting and harvesting their crops and tending to their animals, impacting the food security and livelihoods of affected populations. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) supports agriculture and food security interventions that address the immediate needs of disaster-affected populations unable to meet their basic food requirements or carry out livelihoods activities. USAID/OFDA also works to strengthen local disaster response capacity and increase resilience to future emergencies that could negatively affect agricultural activities and food security. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, USAID/OFDA worked with farmers to rehabilitate agricultural infrastructure and facilitate economic recovery by supporting agriculturally based livelihood activities in the aftermath of disasters. USAID/OFDA-funded programs benefited livestock and fisheries, implemented pest control initiatives, supported animal health endeavors, and supplied agricultural inputs. In total, USAID/OFDA provided more than $72 million in FY 2013 to support agriculture and food security activities in 26 countries, as well as regional programs throughout Africa and South America.