Office of Global Food Security
The Department of State prioritizes food security as an issue of national security. The Department leads and coordinates U.S. diplomatic engagement on food systems, food security, and nutrition in bilateral, multilateral, and regional fora, working closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other departments and agencies. The Special Envoy for Global Food Security serves as the Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy.
Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils Launch
Our work on crops and soils is a key element that will help build resilient food systems. Yes, it’s true. A robust, productive, sustainable food system requires more than soil health. But simply put, there is no such thing as food security or good nutrition without these two fundamental elements: healthy soils and healthy crops.
2022 Borlaug Dialogue
The current food crisis is multi-causal. COVID. Climate. Conflict. Very high fuel prices, a fertilizer situation, export bans, low – by historical standards – grain stockpiles… On the list of the top 10 most important challenges that we face in regards to food security, climate is 1, 3, 5…because climate changes everything.
In the future, the best growing seasons of the future will closely resemble the worst of the past. Let that sink in.
We will never achieve food security without fertile soils and adapted and productive crops. The United States is providing an initial $100 million through the Vision for Adapted Crops and Soils (VACS).
September 1, 2023