FEED II Increases Livestock and Poultry Production to Improve Food Security
Some 795 million people, 11 percent of the world’s population, is food insecure. To address this issue, the United States Department of Agriculture helps countries become more food secure by raising people’s incomes while expanding markets for American producers. In fact, between 2009-2015, the USDA helped 51 million people through its international food assistance programs.
We are proud to implement one of these important USDA programs, Feed Enhancement for Ethiopian Development II (FEED II). As some 60-70 percent of the Ethiopian population of 100 million people depend on livestock for their livelihoods, FEED II’s efforts significantly contribute to Ethiopia’s food security.
A continuation of FEED, which began in 2009, FEED II increases the incomes of smallholder livestock producers by improving access to and use of consistent, affordable, and high-quality animal feed that supports more efficient livestock production. In implementing FEED II, one of USDA’s essential programs, we are proud to do our part to help people around the world become more food secure.
Read more about FEED II here
Read a February 2016 news item about the drought in Ethiopia here
Infographic: fas.usda.gov; available here