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Global food security is an urgent problem, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Feed the Future, a U.S. government global food security initiative led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aims to reduce global hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.
The U.S. Agency for International Development planned to spend $1.14 billion helping microenterprises (businesses with under 10 employees) from 2015-2018. We reviewed USAID project evaluations and academic literature to see how this aid affected women and the very poor.
Each year, we make more than 1,000 recommendations to help improve the federal government. We alert department heads to the recommendations where they can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve government operations.
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USAID and CDC have invested in global health security, helping other countries build capacity to handle infectious diseases. In the 5 years before COVID-19, the agencies spent about $1 billion in over 30 countries.
Haiti is still struggling to recover from the massive 2010 earthquake that claimed more than 200,000 lives and caused $7.8 billion in damage. A cholera epidemic, hurricanes, and other subsequent disasters have stalled progress and economic growth.
Since the earthquake, the U.S.
Millions of poor families in the developing world earn money from very small businesses. Congress requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to spend at least $265 million a year to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises.