Feed the Future has rallied the global community to dramatically transform the way we approach global food security, and in doing so, has helped move the global development community toward what once seemed unimaginable: the end of extreme poverty and global hunger in our lifetimes. Through this presidential initiative, the U.S. Government is helping countries around the world build a more food-secure future.
Highlights of GAO-16-819, a report to the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate
Why GAO Did This Study?
Zamorano University in Honduras, an innovative research institution, has been training youth from Central and South America in agriculture production, processing and marketing for more than 75 years. Now, Zamorano is introducing a new product that improves crop viability and increases food production. It also reduces pesticide use and poisoning, which is an acute problem throughout Central America.
In many developing countries, over half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten. Instead, they are lost to damage or spoilage after harvest. The potential for these losses leads farmers to sell their fresh produce immediately at whatever price they can get, before they lose the crops that represent investments of labor, water and agricultural inputs. Improving how fruits and vegetables are handled after harvest can significantly prolong freshness—and cooling is key.
Washington, D.C. - Today at an event on Capitol Hill, Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative, announced that developing countries are making substantial progress against global hunger, poverty and malnutrition, thanks in part to U.S. Government support. In 2014 alone, Feed the Future reached nearly 19 million households and helped nearly 7 million farmers gain access to new tools and technologies. New data demonstrate that, through Feed the Future and other U.S.
Feed the Future is working in Honduras to reduce poverty and malnutrition in rural areas, regions where the challenges of developing income-generating production systems for subsistence farmers are compounded by unpredictable and extreme climatic conditions. In many rural communities, irregular and erratic rainfall has led to drought conditions and increases in crop pests, causing productivity declines and total or partial crop losses for a wide range of crops.
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
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Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the Administrator, USAID Bureau for Food Security & Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future | Feed the Future | Blog
When President Obama first took office, he promised that the United States would work along the people of poor nations to make farms flourish, nourish starved bodies, and feed hungry minds.
In western Honduras, more than 40 percent of children under the age of five are estimated to suffer from stunting, which is a result of inadequate nutrition. Without proper nutrition early in life, children’s lifelong health and productivity suffer, as do economies in countries where undernutrition is widespread.
Since 2012, coffee leaf rust – a plant disease that destroys coffee plants and drastically reduces crop yields – has spread throughout Central America and the Caribbean, with devastating consequences for smallholder farmers. According to Famine Early Warning System reports, coffee production in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua declined by 16-32 percent for the 2013-2014 season compared to 2011-2012.
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The following statement is attributable to Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Mexico City today to meet with his fellow attorneys general from across Central America to discuss the situation involving migrant children:
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today released the numbers of apprehensions along the Southwest border during the month of July and prior months, which reflect a significant decrease in apprehensions of unaccompanied children and adults with children:
Unaccompanied children Adults with children
January 3,706 2,286
February 4,846 3,282
March 7,176 5,754
April 7,702 6,511
May 10,579 12,774
June 10,628 16,330
July 5,508 7,410
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While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates.
Feed the Future is the President’s global hunger and food security initiative and the U.S. Government’s contribution to the common approach to agricultural development and global food security agreed to at the G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy in July 2009; reiterated and expanded by G-20 leaders at the Pittsburgh Summit that September; and ultimately endorsed by 192 countries at the United Nations at the World Food Summit in Rome that November. The initiative is a whole-of-government effort that joins resources and expertise from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S.
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GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY
Highlights of GAO-10-352, a report to congressional committees
What GAO Found
The U.S. government supports a wide variety of programs and activities for global food security, but lacks readily available comprehensive data on funding. In response to GAO's data collection instrument to 10 agencies, 7 agencies reported funding for global food security in fiscal year 2008 (see figure below) based on the working definition GAO developed for this purpose with agency input.
Obama calls on Congress to increase support for developing countries
Today, the President called upon Congress to double U.S. financial support for agricultural development in developing countries, to more than $1 billion in 2010. A permanent solution to food insecurity requires restoration of rapid and sustained economic growth that directly engages the world's poorest populations, many of whom depend on agricultural labor for most or all of their household income and food consumption.
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