If we want to improve food security and generate growth that pulls people out of poverty and builds a more stable, secure world, we need to continue to invest in women.

Tjada McKenna, Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security and Deputy Coordinator for Development for Feed the Future

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Innovation Will Transform Agriculture in Cambodia

One of the goals of my recent journey to Cambodia focused on exploring opportunities for transforming Cambodia’s agriculture sector.  Cambodia’s challenge is to produce enough nutritious and broadly accessible food to support a healthy, productive population and drive the growth of the national economy.

Learn what $26 million spent on USAID’s Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project in South Sudan yields on DipNote!

Learn what $26 million spent on USAID’s Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project in South Sudan yields on DipNote!

Call to Innovators: Apply To Present at G-8 Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

Women pluck rice grass from a nursery to plant on plots in Ahero, Kenya on Nov. 13, 2009. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Catherine Woteki serves as Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics and Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Nick Sinai serves as the U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer.

In an exciting opportunity, the G-8 is inviting innovators to apply to present ideas that demonstrate how open data can be unleashed to increase food security at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture on April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Open data is being used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to accelerate development, whether it be tracking election transparency in Kenya or providing essential information to rural farmers in Uganda. The G-8 conference will convene policy makers, thought leaders, food security stakeholders, and data experts to discuss the role of public, agriculturally-relevant… more »

Waste Less To Feed More

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 1, 2012, Indian farmers and migrant laborers harvest wheat crop on the outskirts of Amritsar, India. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Robert D. Hormats serves as Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment.

I recently spoke at the 13th annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, India. My remarks focused largely on the importance of creating a good environment for investment in the agricultural sector. I emphasized the particular need to improve food supply chains that connect farmers to markets. Significant additional improvements in food supply chain infrastructure are needed to reduce post-harvest food losses, which are disturbingly high in many parts of the world.

Some important progress already has been made. The Government of India recently took steps to open India’s multi-brand retail sector to encourage foreign direct investment. This investment is critical for India’s overall economic growth prospects as well as the development of India’s food storage and distribution industry. As Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh explained, an organized and efficient… more »

In Malawi, the Future Belongs to the Organized

Women farmers welcome U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome David Lane to Tidi Village, Malawi, on January 14, 2013. [State Department photo by Sharon Ketchum/ Public Domain]

About the Author: David Lane serves as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome.

After an early morning departure from Tanzania, we arrived in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe in a steady rain. The rain is not always favorable for travel, but it was very welcome in Malawi after a drought during the 2012 rainy season impacted the maize crop and food security, particularly in the south. 

As I continued my first media tour as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations food and agriculture agencies in Rome I was excited to have two reporters from Malawi join the group of seven talented reporters traveling with me, five African and two European, to witness programs on the ground and help tell the Malawian story of increasing food security in Africa.

Despite the difficult situation in the south, it is an exciting time to visit Malawi because… more »

World Food Day: A Call To Action To End Global Hunger

A farmer sows wheat at Chunnikhel, Katmandu, Nepal, Nov. 15, 2011. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Jonathan Shrier serves as Acting Special Representative for Global Food Security.

World Food Day is a reminder and call to action for the international community to strengthen efforts to end world hunger and malnutrition.

Today, nearly one billion people suffer from chronic hunger, which means that they do not get enough food to satisfy their body’s basic nutritional needs.

Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative and works with partner countries to support their own agriculture development objectives to increase agricultural productivity and improve nutrition, which can help reduce poverty and hunger. Seventy-five percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas in developing countries, where most people’s livelihoods rely directly on agriculture, and women in the developing world make up to forty-three percent of the agriculture…more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosts a panel discussion, “Women and Agriculture: A Conversation on Improving Global Food Security,” moderated by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in New York, New York September 19, 2011.

U.S. Helps Pakistani Mango Farmers Boost Exports
Vender waiting for customers at Sunday bazaar in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 5, 2009. [AP File]

About the Author: Courtney Beale serves as Acting Spokesperson at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Working in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Hyder Shah Fruit Farm in Sindh has installed Pakistan’s first automated mango processing line on a farm. As a result of this partnership, the farm delivered 150,000 kilograms of processed mangos to the Middle East and earned more than four million rupees in profit.

“I hope my success will encourage other Pakistani mango farmers to complete their infrastructure developments so they can compete in the international mango market,” said Junaid Hyder Shah, owner of Hyder Shah Farm. “I could not have achieved this without USAID support.”

This initiative is part of the U.S. Government’s commitment to help Pakistan improve its economic growth. USAID is helping 15 mango farms in Sindh and Punjab to install processing equipment which will help prepare mangos… more »

U.S. Plays Key Role in Advancing Global Voluntary Guidelines for Land Use and Property Rights

Farmers take cattle through Ghibe Valley in Ethiopia, June 1, 2002. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin serves as U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture.

Secure access to and control of land and land-based resources is absolutely critical to agricultural development, economic growth, food security, and women’s economic empowerment. 

The United States has been at the forefront of efforts to improve the governance of land rights and access for several years, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Important strides in land tenure governance were made last week when the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests met at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.… more »