Thanks to a USAID-funded food security program, vulnerable families in Madagascar are provided with technical assistance and training so that they can substantially improve their lives.  Read more

Thanks to a USAID-funded food security program, vulnerable families in Madagascar are provided with technical assistance and training so that they can substantially improve their lives.  Read more

"Organizations like the World Food Program (@wfp), the Food and Agriculture Orgnization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) play a central role in the international community’s efforts to address food security, promote agriculture development and to create a world in which food security is a reality for all". - U.S. statedept Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Nerissa Cook

USAID ANNOUNCES RISE: A NEW INITIATIVE TO BUILD RESILIENCE IN WEST AFRICA’S SAHEL

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort to build resilience to recurrent crisis in West Africa’s Sahel, a region where chronic poverty, food insecurity, drought, and violent extremism collide—and some 18.7 million people faced food insecurity in 2012 due to severe drought for the third time in a decade. Learn More

Ambassador David Lane travels to beautiful Cambodia to see programs that are pulling families out of poverty, helping small farmers grow better crops, and improving nutrition for children. 

Acting Assistant Secretary of State Dean Pittman met with the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization Jose Graziano Da Silva today

Acting Assistant Secretary of State Dean Pittman met with the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization Jose Graziano Da Silva today

Three Scientists Win 27th Annual World Food Prize

At a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State on June 19, where three distinguished scientists were named winners of the 2013 World Food Prize: Marc Van Montagu, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, Department of Molecular Genetics at Ghent University, Belgium; Mary-Dell Chilton, Distinguished Science Fellow at Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. in Triangle Park, North Carolina; and Robert T. Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri.

Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss
On February 19, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs along with the Office of Global Food Security and the Foreign Service Institute will host the conference “Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss.” Government officials, representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and foreign diplomatic corps will discuss the issue of postharvest loss, focusing on Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. [Read More]

Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss

On February 19, the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs along with the Office of Global Food Security and the Foreign Service Institute will host the conference “Food Security and Minimizing Postharvest Loss.” Government officials, representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and foreign diplomatic corps will discuss the issue of postharvest loss, focusing on Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. [Read More]

Just how many people does the World Food Program feed each year? How much does that cost and where does it get the money? Find the answers to these questions and more in this infographic about WFP—the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency.

Just how many people does the World Food Program feed each year? How much does that cost and where does it get the money? Find the answers to these questions and more in this infographic about WFP—the world’s largest humanitarian aid agency.

In this video, narrator Matt Damon discusses efforts to turn the tide against global hunger and increase agricultural production around the world. The video was shown at the “Feed the Future: Partnering With Civil Society” event, held in New York on September 27, 2012. Feed the Future is the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative; learn more athttp://www.feedthefuture.gov. [Go to http://www.state.gov/video for more video and text transcript.] 

"Higher food productivity is needed to address the food crisis. Nuclear techniques in development will help increase food productivity."
-  -Secretary of Energy Steven Chu speaking to the IAEA General Conference Scientific Forum

Hungry Planet Video: Espisode 18

In this episode: emergency support helps build farmers’ resilience against the growing food crisis in the Sahel; thousands of Syrian refugees search for safety and shelter in the impoverished Beqaa Valley in Lebanon; and a system to filter and reuse grey water for irrigation could change millions of lives in Brazil.

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We just completed our trip together. If you’ve never had the chance to travel with him, I recommend it. He is indefatigable, he is incredibly well-versed in all the in’s and out’s of refugee crises, and of course he is quite committed to the cause of refugees. That was partly the reason for our trip, was to bring attention to a relatively neglected crisis.

It’s really three crises, I would say. It’s the food crisis in the Sahel region, it’s what’s happened in Mali, the conflict that has beset the north of that country, and it’s also the refugee flows to neighboring countries. So in Burkina Faso we traveled north to visit the Damba refugee camp. We met with refugees. We sat and talked with them and got a much better feel for the particular crisis at hand involving refugees from Mali.

The United States is very concerned about the crisis, and we’re also concerned that there are not sufficient resources going to it. The United States has provided $355 million worth of aid and food to countries in the Sahel and the refugee portion of that is $34.5 million. The largest piece of that goes to UNHCR.

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- Anne C. Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration discussed her recent trip with António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees at a press conference.

Did you know that seven Iowa State University students are actively engaged in a landmark project with the FAO, helping to contribute to sustainable smart agriculture? The student group’s contributions to FAO are commendable and USUN Rome was pleased to host them for a discussion about the Mission’s role with respect to food security and nutrition.

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