ONE Blog Reflects On Feed The Future Results, Limitations

“ONE agriculture expert David Hong and Stephanie Hanson of One Acre Fund report on Feed the Future from Iringa, Tanzania,” in a post in the ONE blog, writing that the program “is the U.S. government’s most cost-effective way to fight poverty and spur economic growth.” They highlight some results Feed the Future has “produced for farmers and rural communities,” examine the program’s limitations, and state, “Smallholder farmers have incredible potential to increase their yields and help feed the world. But programs like Feed the Future need taxpayer funds to provide the support that millions of farmers and their families need to turn their farms into sustainable businesses.” They conclude, “Agriculture development is the most efficient way to deploy taxpayer dollars to reduce global poverty. Let’s ensure the new Feed the Future report galvanizes continued U.S. investment in agriculture” (7/10).