THE POWER OF AGRICULTURE TO FEED THE FUTURE
Partners for over 40 years, USAID and IFPRI have worked together to unlock the potential of agriculture to end hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty. In 2010, the US government launched Feed the Future--the country's global hunger and food security initiative, with a comprehensive approach that draws on partnerships across sectors, country leadership, and a focus on achieving results. IFPRI has been providing technical, analytical, monitoring and evaluation, meeting, and communication support to the program, contributing to important successes for Feed the Future.
Feed the Future week celebrates the outcomes of this program, which include providing critical support to developing countries that allows them to drive their agricultural development, advance nutrition for the most vulnerable, strengthen resilience, and empower women in agriculture. Several key outcomes with IFPRI include the following:
- IFPRI and partners developed the Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) to monitor and support the inclusion of women in agriculture under the US Feed the Future initiative. Versions of the WEAI are now in use in nearly 39 countries.
- In Bangladesh, the comprehensive, nationally representative survey IFPRI developed, the Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey, has informed policy decisions, program improvements, and investments that led to a 16 percent decline in national poverty according to the 2016 Feed the Future Progress Report.
- The Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) supports the successful implementation of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by providing IFPRI research on policy-relevant data; facilitating dialogue among stakeholders; monitoring progress in reviewing goals; and strengthening mutual accountability processes at continental, regional, and national levels. ReSAKSS receives funding from several different donors, the largest being USAID. The primary users of the ReSAKSS evaluation include the Feed the Future (FTF) program and USAID Missions.
- IFPRI and partners including USAID's Feed the Future carried out an analysis of Tanzania’s policies to address food insecurity, with a particular focus on the impacts of Tanzania’s 2011 ban on maize exports. After the team presented its results of the maize study to the Government of Tanzania, officials pledged to end the use of export bans and to seek alternative measures to address food insecurity.
- The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is playing a catalytic role to scale out healthy rice seedlings in the Feed the Future Zone in Bangladesh. CSISA has focused on a two-pronged approach to scale-out the use of healthy rice seedlings. IFPRI is responsible for carrying out the policy research agenda of CSISA. CSISA's policy research agenda seeks to promote evidence-based policy reforms to strengthen the institutions and markets required for sustained adoption of sustainable intensification technologies and practices at scale in the region’s most risk-prone geographies.