Obama Administration's Feed the Future Initiative [Updated July 25, 2016]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Introduction: "Established in 2010, 'Feed the Future' (FTF) is a major Obama Administration foreign assistance initiative designed to alleviate global poverty and improve health and food security. [...] TF is a new federal investment paradigm targeting sustainable reductions in international hunger, malnutrition, and food insecurity. FTF seeks to foster transparency and accountability and track and assess program implementation progress through the use of publicly released metrics to justify U.S. investments in each recipient country and each development program, indicators to monitor and evaluate progress, and annual reports to Congress. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) selects the main FTF recipient countries--known as 'focus countries' under the initiative--based on country ownership potential, need, and opportunity for reducing food insecurity. [...] This report discusses these and other features of FTF. Key issues addressed include the origin, intent, and government-wide inter-agency development approach of FTF; FTF program implementation, including monitoring and evaluation issues; and funding. This report also raises possible oversight issues for Congress relating to FTF implementation. Possible matters of interest to Members include the limited availability of USAID reporting on program impact results by country, and long-term institutional prospects for FTF, given its status as an ad hoc Obama Administration presidential initiative. Congress is presently evaluating the overall merits of FTF and whether to permanently authorize the initiative."

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CRS Report for Congress, R44216
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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