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Feed the Future to accelerate progress toward the Millenium Development Goals
August 31, 2010

Case Studies exemplifies how the U.S. is scaling up its investments and impact to accelerate progress toward the MDGs.

Through Feed the Future, the U.S. will invest in agriculture and nutrition programs that will enable us to make a measurable difference in people’s lives, scale up examples of success, and promote sustainable solutions. The following case studies exemplify a new approach in which we support country ownership; coordinate strategically; build on our comparative advantages in research, innovation and private sector-led growth; and focus on results. Each study presents a personal element of our work, highlights the impact of U.S. investments, and describes how Feed the Future will use what we have learned to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to food insecurity.

  • Case Study # 1 (PDF 184 KB) highlights how a remarkable woman has been instrumental to the process that led to the Government of Rwanda setting the standard for country-ownership of a food security investment plan. We are working to align our investments – in Rwanda and elsewhere – with host country priorities and build partnerships with other donors to maximize our collective impact.
  • Case Study # 2 (PDF 224 KB) demonstrates how investing in research on vitamin A-rich sweet potatoes has improved the health and economic well-being of millions across Africa. We will increase our investments in research and its dissemination to confront today’s challenges to agricultural productivity and nutrition.
  • Case Study # 3 (PDF 368 KB) shows how we are partnering with local communities and the private sector to support sustainable solutions that protect natural resources in Asia and Central America. While learning lessons from successful publicprivate partnerships, we will also identify innovative ways to work with the private sector and other stakeholders to drive sustainable growth.
  • Case Study # 4 (PDF 340 KB) highlights the success of Malian shallot farmers who benefit from an integrated approach focused on results involving strategic investments across the value chain. We will work with countries to develop approaches that strengthen the entire agricultural chain – from the lab, where researchers develop higher-performing seeds; to the farm, where we can help improve productivity through better management and training; to the market, where we can share product information and build the infrastructure that will let people process, store, and transport their crops more effectively; and finally, to the table where families share their daily meals.
  • Case Study # 5 (PDF 412 KB) tells the story of World Food Prize winner Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, a development entrepreneur who fosters innovation and translates it into benefits for millions in need. We will support people – within the U.S. government and beyond – who articulate clear strategies, build and lead teams to solve problems, learn from failures and successes, and leverage the resources and expertise of our partners.
  • Case Study # 6 (PDF 412 KB) demonstrates how investments that address the root causes of undernutrition can improve the lives of mothers and their children. We will increase our investments in proven interventions to prevent undernutrition through programs such as education and support for mothers on breastfeeding and young child feeding, maternal nutrition, development of new food products, and community-based management of malnutrition programs.

Visit www.feedthefuture.gov for more information.