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5 questions with USAID'S Richard Greene on nutrition and food security

Published on April 29, 2015

What is Feed the Future doing that is different?  
Feed the Future works with countries to improve their agriculture sectors to reduce hunger and poverty as well as under nutrition.
For a majority of the rural inhabitants of Feed the Future focus countries, agriculture is the main livelihood and main source of income. Agriculture can improve nutrition, but without appropriate planning and linking of interventions to direct nutrition outcomes, our activities won’t have a large impact on nutrition and, consequently, on good health and well-being.
So, Feed the Future integrates innovative agriculture activities along value chains to help smallholder farmers and their families boost production of nutritious foods, increase their incomes, and improve women’s empowerment – all of which are pathways to improving nutrition, particularly measured by dietary diversity and reduced stunting. Farm productivity is a win-win investment because it helps both consumers and farmers.
We’re creating guidance for nutrition-sensitive agriculture to ensure our programs are focusing on producing nutrient-rich crops as well as educating consumers on the importance of nutrient-rich products. We also plan, monitor and measure Feed the Future’s results and impact to make our efforts as effective as possible and grow the global evidence base around what works.
It’s a big undertaking because it isn't business as usual: Feed the Future’s new model of development involves working across sectors and forging new partnerships. But we’re beginning to see that our work has contributed to real movement in child stunting in some historically food-insecure countries in Africa and South Asia.

Our upcoming progress report will take a more in-depth look at these trends and results in Feed the Future focus countries later this year. Read more. Source| The Chicago Council on Global Affairs