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.

Nigeria Strategy Support Program

In  2007, USAID and IFPRI established the Nigeria Strategy Support Program (NSSP) in partnership with the Federal  Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to help forge and implement the country’s rural development strategies. In 2013, an extensive analysis of the rice import tariff in Nigeria by NSSP, Policy Options  for Accelerated Growth and Competitiveness of the Domestic Rice Economy in Nigeria, found that higher >> Read more

Rural Business Hubs in India

In 2008, USAID called on IFPRI to examine how the private-sector can catalyze rural competitiveness and foster inclusiveness through rural business hubs in India. IFPRI’s evaluation of these hubs in three Indian states  helped  private-sector  partners  cut  down  the cost and improve the quality of inputs and services provided to farmers, such as weather information, >> Read more

Malawi Strategy Support Program

In Malawi, USAID and IFPRI launched the Malawi Strategy Support Program (MaSSP) in 2009 to collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security in reaching the country’s agricultural, food security,  and  poverty reduction  goals. Challenges to  Soya  Export  Promotion, a recent examination of the soya export sector by MaSSP, motivated a review and current revision of the Control >> Read more

HarvestPlus: Biofortification

Since the founding of HarvestPlus, a joint venture by IFPRI and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), USAID has been an important partner in addressing “hidden hunger”—malnutrition caused by micronutrient deficiencies—by breeding high levels of micronutrients into staple crops through a process called biofortification. HarvestPlus has successfully improved access to biofortified crops, resulting in >> Read more

Ghana Strategy Support Program

The Ghana Strategy Support Program (GSSP), established in 2005, produced critical evidence that contributed to the foundation of the country’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) process, roundtable, and country compact. For example, in 2008, GSSP’s paper “Accelerating Growth and Structural Transformation: Ghana’s Options for Reaching Middle-Income Country Status” was used as an input to >> Read more

Championing Evidence- Based Regional Agricultural Policies and Mutual Accountability

In 2003, African countries came together with a common vision to accelerate Africa’s growth through agriculture- led development. Out of this vision, the African Union launched the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)—a policy framework for agricultural transformation, wealth creation, food security and nutrition, economic growth, and prosperity  for all of Africa by addressing key >> Read more