Studies and Reports

Reports on Food Security
Food Security

Q & A: International Food Aid Basics


What is Food Aid?


What is Monetization?

Food aid may be distributed directly to target populations or may be sold and the proceeds used to support program-related costs and developmental activities, such as training, technology transfer and incentives for behavior change. The sale and use of proceeds for these purposes is called “monetization.”

Informa Economics Study – Value of Food Aid Monetization: Benefits, Risks & Best Practices (November 2012)


Informa Economics Study – Value of Food Aid Monetization – Executive Summary


Informa Economics Study – Food Aid Monetization Study – Key Findings


Food for Peace 50th Anniversary Book (2004)

Over the past 50 years, the Food for Peace program has sent 106 million metric tons to the hungry of the world, feeding billions of people and saving countless lives. The program depends on the unparalleled productivity of American farmers and the American agricultural system. Without this vast system there would be no Food for Peace program. On average, American generosity provides 60 percent of the world’s food aid, feeding millions of desperately hungry people every year.

UN Millennium Development Goals (2010)

This report is based on a master set of data that has been compiled by an Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) Indicators led by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, in response to the wishes of the General Assembly for periodic assessment of progress towards the MDGs. The Goals represent human needs and basic rights that every individual around the world should be able to enjoy—freedom from extreme poverty and hunger; quality education, productive and decent employment, good health and shelter; the right of women to give birth without risking their lives; and a world where environmental sustainability is a priority, and women and men live in equality.

USDA ERS Food Security Assessment: 2010-2012 (July 2010)

This report continues the series of food assessments begun in the late 1970s. Food security in 70 developing countries is estimated to have improved between 2009 and 2010, in part due to economic recovery in many of these countries. The number of food-insecure people in the developing countries analyzed by ERS researchers is esti­mated to decrease about 5 percent from 2009 to 882 million in 2010. The number of food-insecure people at the aggregate level will not improve much over the next decade.

 United States International Food Assistance Report

The United States is committed to the promotion of global food security through its international food assistance and other foreign assistance programs.  In fiscal year (FY) 2008, the United States provided more than $2.8 billion from U.S. food aid programs to developing countries, reaching tens of millions of people worldwide. The following summary shows U.S. food assistance allocated by legislative authority for FY 2008.

Rachel Winch International Approaches to School Feeding (June 2009)

This paper explores methods, frameworks, strengths and challenges of school feeding in three countries—Mali, Chile, and India. The programs highlighted were selected not only for their geographic diversity, but also for the types of programs they represent. The country experiences draw on four major themes—opportunity, community commitment, innovation, and political will. While there is no single model that can be replicated around the world, these country experiences can serve as valuable lessons from which others can learn.

Office of Food for Peace 2009 Statistics

In FY 2009 USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) provided approximately 2.4 million metric tons (MT) of food, valued at approximately $2.2 billion, benefiting people in 44 countries worldwide.*

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace supports emergency programs that help those affected by conflict and natural disasters, such as drought, as well as long-term, non-emergency programs that seek to address the underlying causes of hunger, such as by increasing agricultural productivity and improving maternal and child health.

Food Security
Reports on Commodities and Supplies
Commodities and Supplies

FAO Report on Crops Prospects and Food Situation – September 2010

This report is prepared by The Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture, monitors crop prospects and food security situation at global, regional, national and sub-national levels and warns of impending food difficulties and emergencies. The report notes that 30 countries around the world are in need of external assistance as a result of crop failures, conflict or insecurity, natural disasters, and high domestic food prices. The food and nutrition situation remains critical in parts of the Sahel.

World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates – September 2010

This is a report by the World Agricultural Outlook Board analyzing the supply and demand for commodities like Wheat, Coarse Grains, Rice, Oil Seeds, Sugar, Livestock, Poultry and Dairy.


Commodities and Supplies

Feed the Future Progress Report (June 2013)


Congressional Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2014


Congressional Budget Justification for Fiscal Year 2011, Vol 2


Feed the Future Guide, May 2010

The Feed the Future Guide describes the strategic approach and implementation structures of Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative. It is intended to inform partners and stakeholders about the development of FTF and how principles are translated into actions on the ground.

 Food Aid Convention, 1999, as amended

The objective of the Food Aid Convention 1999, the latest in a long series of such multilateral cooperation instruments since 1967, is to contribute to world food security and to improve the ability of the international community to respond to emergency food situations and other food needs of developing countries. Under the FAC, donor countries pledge to provide specified minimum amounts of food aid to developing countries with the greatest needs, irrespective of fluctuations in world food prices and supplies.