Approximately 75% of people in developing countries live in rural areas, with the vast majority dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. With a global population estimated to reach nine billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by 70%, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
In response to this growing challenge, President Obama announced the U.S. government initiative, Feed the Future, to help eradicate global hunger and achieve food security. The program emphasizes country-led plans that reduce hunger and extreme poverty through agriculture-led growth and improved nutrition.
20% of VEGA Programs contributed to food security development goals
Our members use comprehensive approaches to help people in the agricultural industry – especially farmers – to increase crop production, build input supply networks, gain access to agribusiness financing, and improve processing and post-harvest handling.
Our alliance programs involve these areas:
- Agricultural productivity
- Public private partnerships
- Value chain development
- Land tenure
- Input supply and farm services engaging the private sector
- Women empowerment
- Capacity development
- Natural resource management
- Climate change
The VEGA Alliance includes nine members implementing agriculture programs including the implementation of USAID’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer- to-Farmer Program.
VEGA implements the Farmer-to-Farmer Special Program Support Project.