Feed the Future Policy Systems

IFPRI's Motunrayo Oyeyemi making a presentation at the Stata training for early career researchers and graduate students at the Federal University of Technology Minna in Niger State.

About Us

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The Policy Division is housed in the Policy, Analysis, and Engagement Office of USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. The division supports USAID Missions, USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, and regional organizations to improve policy, decision-making, and accountability for achieving development outcomes in partner countries. The division's approach emphasizes localization, networking, and capacity-strengthening of partner institutions. We define policy as a set of three interlinked components: Agenda, Architecture, and Accountability. Our work is guided by the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative and the refreshed Global Food Security Strategy. Please see the GFSS technical guidance on policy programming for more details on the Policy Division’s approach.

USAID RFS Policy Division Programs

Strong and inclusive policy systems are essential for system-level change and country self-reliance. They can incentivize private sector investment, civic agency, and accountability, and they can encourage and accelerate good development outcomes. History tells us that no country has successfully developed its agriculture and improved nutrition, water access, and resilience without effective government policies and institutions. As development practitioners, we ignore or underinvest in public policy at our own peril.

The USAID Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) Policy Team understands the policy system as having three interrelated components:

  • the discrete laws or regulations that make up a country’s policy agenda,
  • the institutions and actors that define and implement those policies, or the institutional architecture, and
  • the process through which countries define and implement those policies and hold stakeholders to their commitments through mutual accountability.

Each of the Policy Team’s programs is designed to strengthen parts or all three legs of the policy system. Our programs provide Missions and RFS Centers with unique opportunities and tools for improving country capacity and commitment, accelerating inclusive prosperity, delivering results across multiple sectors, and supporting countries along the Journey to Self-Reliance.