Food Security Group
Food Security Group Faculty and Students in West Africa Coordination Meeting
MSU’s Food Security Group (FSG) has achieved international recognition and has attracted $112 million in grants since 1983, roughly two-thirds from USAID. Much of the USAID funding has come through three successive 10-year cooperative agreements focused on food security, most recently the 2002-2013 Food Security III Cooperative Agreement. The strategic goal of these cooperative agreements has been to integrate empirical research findings into national, regional, and international policy dialogue and program design to promote rapid and sustainable agricultural growth as a means to reduce hunger and poverty. Strategies for achieving food security are analyzed within a structural transformation context that takes into account the role of trade, nonfarm income generation, and the implications of agricultural development for poverty alleviation and sustainable natural resource use.
FSG projects are implemented—in close partnership with host country institutions and USAID missions—by a team of 20 faculty members in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics (AFRE), with participation by other faculty from AFRE and from other departments, including the Department of Community, Agricultural, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS) and the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN).
Approximately one-third of FSG’s funding portfolio comes from various international donors, such as the World Bank Group (WBG), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), UK Department for International Development (DFID), World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), among others. Additionally, MSU faculty provide strategic guidance and support to some of the largest global foundations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Syngenta Foundation. In terms of design and implementation, FSG projects supported by these donors are coordinated closely with the USAID-funded projects.
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