Guidance and Tools for Global Food Security Programs FY 2022-2026

The U.S. Government Global Food Security Strategy (2022–2026)

The U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS), which guides the Feed the Future Initiative, presents an integrated approach to combating the root causes of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

The strategy reflects lessons learned from implementing Feed the Future for over a decade and charts a course for the U.S. Government and its partners to achieve a more food-secure future across the globe.

The U.S. Government’s Strategy for Gobal Food Security maintains key tenets of the original Feed the Future model while making adjustments to account for changes in the local context and lessons learned. Of particular note, resilience is elevated within the strategy’s objectives, alongside agriculture-led growth and improved nutrition. The updated strategy serves as a vigorous response to the challenges of our moment, including COVID-19, conflict, inequity, and climate change.

Browse the resources below for more information on the Global Food Security Strategy, Activity Design Guidances, and additional tools for designing Feed the Future activities.

Activity Design Guidances for Implementing the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy 2022-2026

The Activity Design Guidance documents provide a shared understanding of key concepts and best practices for designing and implementing Feed the Future activities under the Global Food Security Strategy. Aid effectiveness principles are core to implementation across these technical areas.

Implementers are strongly encouraged to refer to multiple relevant GFSS Activity Design Guidance documents in conjunction for best implementation practices and suggestions for designing activities. 

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Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

This guidance describes how to design and implement programming that is both effective and gender-sensitive/-transformative.

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Diets and Food Safety

This guidance describes best practices, clarifies concepts, recommends programming principles, and provides links to technical resources for diets and food safety.

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Increased Sustainable Agricultural Productivity

This guidance shares approaches to increasing sustainable agricultural productivity, how to design activities, and gives examples of programming in practice.

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Integrating a Market Systems Approach in Programming

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Sustainable Aquaculture Production Systems

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Sustainable Fisheries Management

2022–2026 GFSS Activity Design Guidances Coming Soon

  • Conflict Integration 
  • Digital Technology 
  • Diversifying Livelihoods, Resilience, and Pathways Out of Poverty 
  • Employment and Entrepreneurship 
  • Finance: Unlocking Capital Flows 
  • Improved Water Resources Management for Agricultural Systems
  • Investing in Livestock and Animal Source Food Systems
  • Natural Resource Management 
  • Private Sector Engagement in Programming  
  • Programming Approaches for Policy Systems Strengthening 
  • Scaling for Widespread Adoption of Improved Technologies and Practices 
  • Social Protection 
  • Strengthened Resilience Among People and Systems
  • Supporting Agricultural Trade for Improved Food Security Programming 
  • Youth Empowerment and Livelihoods in Food Systems
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Additional Resources

USAID works in a variety of different technical areas, including: Agriculture, Economic Growth, Environment, Education, Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance, Women’s Empowerment, Water and Sanitation, and Global Health. Access tools and learn more by visiting the following resources: 

Advancing Nutrition

Global Waters

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