Why 'Feed the Future' Makes Sense
Mannik Sakayan, senior policy analyst here at Bread for the World, recently kicked off a blog series on food security for the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a coalition of development and policy organizations and individuals looking to alleviate poverty through effective U.S. foreign assistance.
In her post, Sakayan examines Feed the Future, a U.S. administration initiative that aims to improve the productivity and livelihoods of small farmers. This has been a neglected area of U.S. development assistance—but it pays direct dividends in lower rates of hunger and poverty around the world.
“We have seen successes,” she writes. “New and innovative approaches to agriculture have helped save hundreds of millions of lives in Asia and Latin America.” Yet the last few decades have seen a gradual decrease in funding for agricultural development and, with that, a diminished capacity in U.S. technical expertise, she continues. “Rebuilding our technical capacity and recommitting the necessary resources will certainly be a heavy lift, but not an impossible one.”
For more on the importance of food security and effective U.S. foreign assistance, you can listen to Sakayan in this month’s Breadcast.
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