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Alliance to End Hunger Receives USAID Grant to Bolster Civil Society Influence in Food Security Policy

Submitted by Amy McMillen on April 23, 2014

Funding will expand the National Alliance Partnership Program

Washington, DC – The Alliance to End Hunger has been awarded a $2.9 million, three-year grant by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), through President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative. The grant will be used to expand the Alliance’s National Alliance Partnership Program (NAPP)—an initiative to support the influence of civil society in international agricultural development and food security policy processes.

“This is an exciting time for the Alliance,” stated Ambassador Tony Hall, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger. “There is an increasing awareness worldwide that civil society has an essential part to play in ensuring food security for all. Our partners at USAID understand this; and this opportunity to support this growing movement is both humbling and inspiring.”

The Alliance to End Hunger is a member of the international Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM). The AAHM is an initiative based out of the United Nations food agencies in Rome, and provides a platform for the coordination of anti-hunger coalitions worldwide. Through the NAPP, the Alliance to End Hunger will partner with other AAHM country coalitions to provide organizational and financial capacity support, with the goal of bolstering their voice in food security and agricultural development policy processes.

The NAPP initiative was formerly funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and conducted work in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda. Under USAID, the NAPP will target six of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future focus countries through the duration of the project: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and three others to be announced at a later date.

“Ultimately, we aim to work with our partners, both in the U.S. and overseas, to create a more robust enabling environment for civil society as a whole,” says Rebecca Middleton, Chief Operating Officer for the Alliance. “The national alliance model is a proven response to the complex food security challenges of our day, and the support we can provide will assist in realizing both an inclusive and hunger-free global society.”

The National Alliance Partnership Program officially started in October 2013 and will continue until October 2016.

The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad.

The U.S. Agency for International Development is leading the U.S. Government’s efforts to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies. More information: http://www.usaid.gov/

The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) is a global voluntary partnership where members share a common commitment to the rapid eradication of hunger and malnutrition in the world.

Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s inter-agency global hunger and food security initiative. More information: www.feedthefuture.gov.

For more information contact:

Nathan Magrath, 202-688-1075, nmagrath@alliancetoendhunger.org

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