Food Security

Improving Access to Food and Fostering Resilience

Food security requires the strengthening of many factors. To be truly food secure, people need access to sufficient and nutritious food but also, among other things, economic opportunities, a stable enabling environment, and health and nutrition education.

ACDI/VOCA recognizes that in order to succeed in its mission to promote economic opportunities worldwide, we must first ensure that beneficiaries can meet their basic food needs and that vulnerability to future crises is reduced.

Addressing the Needs of the Most Vulnerable

Through activities targeted to the most vulnerable, ACDI/VOCA increases the availability and quality of food in local and regional markets and improves consumer access to and utilization of nutritious food. ACDI/VOCA also works to strengthen the resiliency of vulnerable populations and enhance their ability to respond to future shocks through the development of contingency plans, training in and facilitation of risk-mitigation strategies, and promotion of sustainable practices.

Holistic Approach to Food Security

Our programs address immediate needs in times of crisis to prevent bad situations from further deteriorating. ACDI/VOCA addresses the key elements of food security through the following integrated approaches:

Network of Food Security Allies

ACDI/VOCA implements food security programs through a variety of different funding mechanisms, including U.S. government-funded food aid programs, cash grants from sources such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and contracts with other private voluntary organizations.

Read our Response to Global Hunger position paper.

A Selection of Past Projects


December 30, 2014

A Look Back on 2014

December 12, 2014

First-Ever Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Helps Smallholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 10, 2014

Stakeholders Meet in Germany to Plan for Future

Media Coverage

October 10, 2014

CCTV America: Importance of food security (video)

July 25, 2014

USDA Rural Cooperatives Magazine: The Missing Piece: Why women farmers are key to global food security (PDF, see p. 26)

April 2, 2014

USDA Rural Cooperatives Magazine: Farmers, processors work together to boost Egypt’s tomato industry (PDF, see p. 30)

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