It’s World Food Day. How can we feed everyone?…on this day

Hands holding grain (USAID)
There are over 500 million family farms, and they feed billions of people. (USAID)

On this October 16, World Food Day, over 800 million people will go to bed hungry. But that’s 200 million fewer than just two decades ago. One reason is programs like Feed the Future — a U.S. government initiative to reduce global hunger and improve food security.

Feed the Future helps farmers secure bank loans they need to afford better seeds, new equipment and crop insurance — in short, to increase their yields. Already, 7 million farmers have grown more food on over 3.8 million hectares of land. Farmers in Senegal more than doubled their maize harvest in the 20122013 season.  Find out more in 10 Ways America is Helping Feed the World.

Family farmers in Rajaram (World Food
Along with providing most of our food, family farms also contribute to job growth in rural areas beyond agriculture. (World Food

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization is also focusing this year on the world’s 500 million family farms.

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