Saturday, May 22, 2010

Feed the Future

In an official release called "Feed the Future Guide" issued last thursday, Dr. Rajiv Shah, the head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), outlined the U.S. government’s latest proposal for food and security around the world.

The groundwork for Feed the Future began at the 2009 G-8 summit when President Barack Obama helped leverage more than $18.5 billion from donors to support sustainable agriculture and food security.

The Feed the Future initiative will work to create cohesion and partnerships between several stakeholders and countries to reduce hunger and poverty. The program also heavily focused on the support for women as agricultural producers and as critical allies in creating global food security.

Dr. Shah stated that lack of adequate food will result in the premature death of over 25,000 people, and that ‘we have no more time to waste’. Feed the Future is a positive step in U.S. policy to quell hunger and support sustainable farming practices.

-Michelle Leung

Source: USAID News