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.

Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally

In 2011, USAID launched the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies from different countries. With assistance from IFPRI,  SPRING  provides  governments  with  state-of-the- art  technical  support  focused  on  preventing  stunting and maternal and child anemia in the first 1,000 days, linking agriculture and >> Read more

The Gender Factor: Understanding the Impact of Empowering Women

Women make up about 43 percent of the agricultural workforce  in  many  developing  countries,  positioning them in a critical and transformative role in agricultural growth, food and nutrition security, and poverty reduction.  Women  also  play  an  important  role  within their families as income earners and caregivers. In 2010, USAID approached IFPRI and the Oxford Poverty >> Read more

Global Nutrition Report

With 159 million children under five suffering from stunting, 50 million from wasting, and nearly 2 billion adults from obesity, malnutrition is a global problem. To promote further action, transparency, and accountability toward improving nutrition, IFPRI and its partners, including USAID and the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), developed and >> Read more

Ethiopia Strategy Support Program

At the request of the Government of Ethiopia, USAID and IFPRI, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Canadian International  Development  Agency,  the  Netherlands, and Irish Aid launched the Ethiopia Strategy Support Program (ESSP), the first CSSP, in 2004. ESSP is a collaborative program between IFPRI and the Ethiopian Development Research >> Read more

Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program

In Bangladesh, the Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (PRSSP)—the largest project IFPRI has in the country—has played a critical role in helping the country achieve  remarkable  progress  in  strengthening  its food and nutrition security. This builds on earlier USAID-IFPRI work in the country, notably the design and evaluation of the Food for Education program >> Read more

Program for Biosafety Systems

Advancements brought by biotechnology—namely, improved crop varieties—have been known to enhance agricultural innovation, productivity, and farmers’  incomes.  To  support  countries  in  Africa and Asia in the responsible development and use of biotechnology, USAID and IFPRI launched the Program  for Biosafety Systems (PBS) in 2003. Since then, PBS has  been  providing  technical  support,  legal  analysis, and >> Read more