Feed the Future: A Decade of Progress to End Hunger
This post, celebrating the accomplishments of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative over the last decade, originally appeared on Feed the Future's Medium page. Agrilinks is proud to be a part of the Feed the Future initiative.
In 2007 and 2008, food shortages sent shockwaves around the world, resulting in some of the sharpest spikes in food prices ever recorded. Costs of staples — such as wheat, rice and maize — reached levels not seen for generations, exacerbating hunger and malnutrition in vulnerable areas and pushing the number of hungry people to more than one billion.
The food price crisis was a watershed moment for global food security. The international community rallied together to tap into the transformative power of agriculture. The U.S. contribution to this global effort came to be known as Feed the Future, an initiative that brings together a host of partners in pursuit of a common goal: to end global hunger, poverty and malnutrition.
In the time since, Feed the Future has made valuable contributions to global food security.
A decade later, we reflect on progress made and what we have learned about what it will take to sustainably reduce global hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the decade ahead. The world has changed since the food price spikes of 2007 and 2008, and Feed the Future is changing with it.
Our work over the past decade has taught us that progress against hunger and poverty is possible. We are adjusting so that, in the decade to come, we are prepared to meet more dynamic challenges and secure a future free from hunger. Learn more in our latest progress snapshot.
Over the last decade, Feed the Future has built a powerful and diverse coalition of partners to fight global hunger. Check out the stories below to learn more about our various partners and how we are achieving more together.
- Agnes’s Big Idea
- Better Nutrition Starts in Our Coal Pots
- #EndHunger Chat on a Decade of Progress in Food Security
- From Pumpkins to Profits — a Ugandan Cinderella Story
- How Peace Corps Volunteers are Helping to Feed the Future
- Modernizing Rwanda’s Coffee Industry and Supporting Small Farmers
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