International Development

Consensus Recommendations

International Development: Promoting Development through Food and Agriculture

Nearly one out of every eight people globally does not get enough to eat. The economic and social costs of hunger are not intractable – we can improve conditions for the world’s one billion hungry people by helping developing countries achieve their goals for agricultural production and food systems development.

AGree envisions a world where safe, affordable, and nutritious food is produced in every country in ways that are socially inclusive and environmentally responsible. We need a safer, more diverse and secure, and sustainable global food system. This happens when farmers, ranchers, and workers throughout the global food and agriculture supply chain, including millions of smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women, have access to knowledge, tools, technology, and markets. Food security means fewer people go hungry and producers of all sizes are able to sustain the health of their families, land, and animals; contribute to the economic growth of their communities; and benefit from high quality education, health care, and career opportunities.

The Global Food Security Act was signed into law on July 20, 2016. Aligned with AGree’s consensus recommendations on International Development, this legislation brings permanency to food security programs through a whole of government strategy focused on smallholder agriculture. AGree used its diverse and bi-partisan voice throughout the legislative process to urge Congress to act. We thank the diverse coalition of interests, led by InterAction, that tirelessly advocated for this important legislation.

Strategy: AGree’s International Development Initiative seeks to better align U.S. policy and programs while stimulating private sector and civil society investment and action to advance the following strategies:

  • Establish food security as an enduring goal of U.S. foreign development assistance
  • Reform U.S. food and disaster assistance legislation
  • Help create an expanded food security and agricultural development “tool box” for U.S. ambassadors and mission directors
  • Foster partnerships and incentives that support smallholder agriculture
  • Reinvigorate public investments in food and agriculture research

Related Publications

U.S. Agricultural Development Assistance and Food Aid: Programs and Issues:

This document discusses current U.S. policy on providing financial and/or technical assistance to countries facing economic difficulties or natural disasters, summarizes different perspectives about the current system and suggests areas for change – including suggestions for better coordination of activities under both umbrellas to simultaneously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. response to international hunger and poverty. By Stephanie Mercier. 49 Pages. November 2012

Facing the Future: Critical Challenges to Food and Agriculture:

The four papers in this series describe the critical challenges AGree believes are facing the food and agriculture system. They articulate the important facts, issues, and questions that need to be addressed. 54 pages. May 2012.

Vision, Mission and Principles:

Document includes AGree’s vision for 2030, its mission, and six principles that AGree will use to guide its work. 3 pages. May 2012.

Challenges and Strategies:

This document describes four interconnected challenges confronting the global food and agriculture system. The challenges necessitate changes in U.S. policy and demand innovative private sector and civil society actions. To address these challenges, AGree has identified a comprehensive framework of strategies that, together, address the four challenges. 33 pages. May 2012.