Securing Water for Food

Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development helps farmers around the world grow more food using less water, enhance water storage, and improve the use of saline water and soil to produce food by ensuring that the entrepreneurs and scientists behind groundbreaking new approaches are getting the support they need to apply and expand their solutions around the world.

Promoting Science and Technology Solutions

Real Impact

Real Impact: Ethiopia - Productive Safety Net Program Plus

Agriculture is the primary source of food and income for most Ethiopians, employing 84 percent of people in the country. But for several decades, Ethiopia has suffered from recurring food shortages that have led to malnutrition, disease, and famine. These food shortages are brought on and worsened by droughts, floods, and soil depletion caused by climate change.

Water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) issues also impact millions of Ethiopians. Just 49 percent of the population has access to safe water and just 21 percent has access to appropriate sanitation.

Real Impact

Real Impact: Nepal - Smallholder Irrigation Market Initiative

Nestled between the borders of India and China, Nepal continues to struggle with the consequences of a decade-long insurgency that ended in 2006 but has resulted in a number of development challenges, including stagnant economic growth, food shortages, climate change risks, and high child malnutrition, among others. Nepal’s mountainous terrain coupled with frequently changing governments and interest groups vying for power have contributed to the country’s lagging development and growth, with an estimated 31 percent of Nepalis living below the poverty line.

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Real Impact: Haiti - Feed the Future West

About 60 percent of Haiti’s 10 million people are farmers, yet the country still imports more than 50 percent of its food. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), approximately 80 percent of Haiti’s population lives below the poverty line, and more than 60 percent cannot access sufficient food to eat due to lack of purchasing power. Local demand for food is expected to grow approximately 10-15 percent over the next five years.

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Incubating Innovation: Solutions for a Parched Earth

Massive droughts and water demands from a world population projected to grow to nine billion by 2050, translate to food insecurity and lack of water for agriculture. Securing Water for Food sources and invests in a portfolio of innovative solutions that help farmers use water more efficiently and effectively; improve water storage for lean times; and remove salt from water to make more food.

Strategy and Guidance

Water and Development Strategy 2013-2018

Please note that the 2013 USAID Water and Development Strategy has now been replaced by the 2017 U.S. Government Global Water Strategy and USAID Water and Development Plan. Click here for more information.

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Improving Water Services for a More Water Secure Middle East

Home to 12 of the world’s 15 most water-scarce countries, the Middle East has struggled for decades with water insecurity and the resulting social and political tensions. As a key development partner, USAID’s substantial and sustained investments are helping to maintain stability, foster cooperation, and transform water and sanitation services in the region.