821 million people — just over one in nine— are malnourished, as reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Advancing sustainable, agricultural-led growth increases the availability of food, keeps food affordable, and raises the incomes of the poor. AGP works together with the Office of Global Food Security and the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) to advance Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, to combat acute food insecurity and the G-7 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a partnership among G-7 and African governments, and the private sector.

Improving Food Security

World Food Prize

The World Food Prize recognizes individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Each year more than 4,000 institutions and organizations are invited to nominate candidates for the prize. The World Food Prize Laureate Announcement Ceremony is held in June at the Department of State where Ambassador Kenneth Quinn, the president of the World Food Prize Foundation, announces that year’s winner of the World Food Prize, a Nobel equivalent. The official award is presented at a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, every October in conjunction with the Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium.

Food Assistance

The office played a leading role negotiating the 2013 Food Assistance Convention (FAC), which replaced the 1999 Food Aid Convention. The new convention expands the traditional focus of previous Food Aid Conventions and now includes all forms of food assistance that will protect and improve access to food for those most in need. The FAC also includes a new commitment structure, a broader toolbox of eligible activities and food assistance products, as well as a commitment to improved transparency and accountability. The objectives of the Food Assistance Convention are to prevent starvation, reduce hunger, improve food security, and improve nutrition by:

  • addressing the food and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable populations through coordinating food assistance;
  • ensuring that food assistance is timely, effective, efficient, and based on local need.

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