USA (US Agency for International Development)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is IFPRI’s largest supporter and knowledge partner, working alongside IFPRI for four decades. IFPRI has been conducting robust evidence-based research and analysis to help develop, implement and evaluate USAID food and nutrition security programs, which has become a vital resource to the agency’s advancement of food security, nutrition security and agricultural growth. In 2009, President Barack Obama launched the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative to solve global hunger, a program that IFPRI is actively supporting through monitoring and evaluation, and providing empirical evidence on project outcomes. The US government was instrumental in the creation of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, announced at the 2012 G8 summit hosted by President Obama. With an aim of lifting more than 50 million people out of poverty over the next decade, the New Alliance has harnessed commitments of more than US$3 billion in private-sector investment in Africa’s agricultural development. The collaboration between USAID and IFPRI continues to bring cutting-edge research in developing countries through Country Development Strategy programs in Africa and Asia.

Highlights of this partnership can be found in this brochure.

Innovations in Index Insurance: Weathering the Storm

With support from DFID and other donors beginning in 2010, IFPRI assessed how to improve the potential of index insurance to enhance the resilience of smallholder farmers. Risk is part of everyday life for many of the world’s poorest households, and uninsured risks can pose considerable costs to current and future welfare. Thus, the lack >> Read more

Highlights IFPRI and USAID partnership: Reducing poverty and hunger through food policy research

For four decades, the longstanding collaboration between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has been crucial to helping developing countries attain agriculture-led economic growth. The innovative programs and strong evidence base produced through this partnership have contributed to transforming policies and investments for improved food >> Read more

A 2020 Vision for Resilience

USAID has been a critical partner to IFPRI and its 2020 Vision Initiative, which seeks to promote a shared vision and consensus for action to meet the world’s food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. USAID has sponsored four 2020 conferences—high-level global events that have featured USAID’s leadership in dialogues, debates, information sharing, >> Read more

Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

Established in 2009, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)—a project jointly implemented by IFPRI, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), with support from USAID—has been fostering durable change at scale in the region’s cereal- based cropping system. IFPRI’s work on the adoption of new >> Read more

The Power of Agriculture to Feed the Future

Both USAID and IFPRI know that unlocking the potential of agriculture is critical to breaking the vicious cycle of hunger,    malnutrition, and extreme poverty. In 2010, the US government launched Feed the Future—the country’s global hunger and food security initiative with a comprehensive approach that draws on partnerships across sectors, country leadership, and a focus >> Read more

Preventive versus Recuperative Nutritional Intervention Approach

In the early 2000s, the joint work of USAID, the USAID- funded Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) project, and IFPRI influenced the global approach to nutrition interventions. Traditionally, nutrition programs administered interventions to children under age five only after they became undernourished—the recuperative approach. Although new scientific evidence was surfacing that children under the >> Read more