Global Food Security Project

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Provides research, analysis, and policy recommendations that can effectively enhance global food security.


Over the last decade, global food security has emerged as a critical U.S. strategic priority and a top priority for development assistance.  Through efforts such as Feed the Future and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the U.S. has worked to increase global agriculture production and improve nutrition outcomes for children and families worldwide, but there is much more to be done to reduce global hunger and poverty.

The CSIS Global Food Security Project provides long-term, strategic guidance to policy makers to ensure that U.S. foreign assistance programs are efficient, effective, and sustainable. The project studies and highlights the impact of global food security on critical U.S. strategic interests, such as political stability and economic prosperity, through desk and field research, analytic publications, and public and private events.

By engaging and collaborating with thought leaders in Washington, DC and beyond, the project aims to increase the level of dialogue surrounding challenges to food security and to help develop both the policy solutions and political will to address them. Analyzing President Obama’s legacy in food security and creating a roadmap for the next administration are important aspects of the project’s goal to strengthen and sustain U.S. leadership in food security and agricultural development.

CSIS has been leading research and discussion on global food security since the 2008 food price shock, which triggered widespread civil unrest. In response to the food crisis, CSIS created a task force on global food security and released its first major report to address the worsening food volatility and to call on stronger U.S. leadership. Past work has emphasized the importance of achieving long-term global food security by investing in agricultural research and development, engaging the private sector, and creating favorable trade and investment climates. The project has evolved to focus on how best to build a sustainable, long-term global food security strategy in the context of a changing climate and widespread malnutrition, while building on the foundation of previous efforts.

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