In 2015, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released an that judged the overall risk of food insecurity in many countries of strategic importance to the United States will increase during the next 10 years because of production, transport, and market disruptions to local food availability, lower purchasing power, and counterproductive government policies. Upwards of 800 million people are facing hunger, an increase of 118 million people attributed to COVID impacts. Nearly a billion people are malnourished, and yet the world wastes one-third of the food it produces.
The Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security (S/GFS) identifies, analyzes, and takes action on emerging food systems and nutrition issues, develops new initiatives, and fosters U.S. interagency cooperation and broad stakeholder engagement on these issues. S/GFS forms partnerships with the private sector, civil society, research institutions, and other donors to address food security and nutrition, including in the context of addressing the climate crisis, fostering equity and inclusion, and countering the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.