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Apr 24, 2010

USAID Targets 20 Countries for "Feed the Future" Initiative

On 24 April 2010, USAID announced at a high-level nutrition roundatable hosted by Canada, Japan, the United States, and the World Bank that its Feed the Future initiative will target 20 specific countries.

Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator made the announcement.  Feed the Future is a new initiative that the U.S. government plans to launch in the near future.  Its mission will be to focus on global food security.
The criteria that USAID used to select the 20 countries on Feed the Future's target list was based on a report issued by The Lancet in 2008.  This concluded that 36 countries accounted for 90% of all children suffering from malnutrition.  Other factors included "the prevalence and dynamics of poverty, country commitment, and opportunities for agriculture-led growth."

The 20 countries selected are:

  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia
  • Nepal
  • Tajikistan
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
According to USAID, "[t]hese countries experience chronic hunger and poverty in rural areas and are particularly vulnerable to food price shocks. At the same time, they demonstrate potential for rapid and sustainable agriculture-led growth, good governance, and opportunities for regional coordination through trade and other mechanisms."

"USAID will work with strategic partners Brazil, India, Nigeria, and South Africa to harness the power of regional coordination and influence in these focus countries.

For more see:

"USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah Announces 20 Feed the Future Initiative Focus Countries," USAID Press Release, 24 April 2010.
"Maternal and Child Malnutrition," The Lancet, London, 2008.

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