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Ten things I like about Feed the Future

Published on April 17, 2015

The United States has always been a world leader in the fight to end hunger and poverty. This spring, our partners share how recent efforts embody the best of the United States and why this leadership matters. The following is a guest post authored by John Coonrod, the executive vice president of The Hunger Project, a global nonprofit committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.

Here’s my list of 10 reasons why I like this approach:

1. Money

Feed the Future represents our nation’s political and financial leadership within the G7 and G20 to reverse the global decline in investment in agriculture. Although The Hunger Project has not received any Feed the Future funds, we benefit indirectly by working in seven Feed the Future countries where the general activity level for empowering farmers has increased, and where we are now able to leverage our investments through greater coordination with Feed the Future activities in the area.

2. Whole of Government

I was lucky enough to be invited to several planning meetings at the U.S. Department of State and saw how then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton brought myriad government agencies and civil society to the table to formulate Feed the Future, creating not only ownership among the groups but a stronger commitment to small-scale producers than originally proposed. Read more. Source| Feed the Future