Embargo Period


Degree Name

MA in Climate Change and Global Sustainability

First Advisor

J. Richard Walz

Second Advisor

Bruce Dayton


The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Food Security Strategy Fiscal Year 2022-2026 addresses food security in developing countries. The U.S. Global Food Security Strategy set forth by USAID lays forth a strategy for increasing food security in twelve targeted low-income and developing nations. How well the USAID policy does this with consideration of climate change, sustainability, and socio-economic well-being is crucial to examine given the fact that climate change impacts and predictions are now affecting food systems at all stages, from growth through production. The following discussion combines elements of a policy brief and research paper to provide analysis and critiques of this policy. This paper will argue that one of the policy’s primary objectives, inclusive and sustainable agriculture-led economic growth, is a generalized approach that may not lead to success in all of the target countries. This is in part due to the role agriculture plays in contributing to climate change. Rather than agriculture-led growth, the policy should instead work to address food insecurity through customized solutions for each target country or region and avoid promoting a single strategy. Additionally, the policy could be improved by incorporating alternative food sources to aid in expanding the availability of food and help shift away from a sole focus on agricultural production. With these two policy alternatives, the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy will be better positioned to succeed in mitigating food insecurity globally.


Agricultural and Resource Economics | American Politics | Environmental Studies | Food Security | International Relations | Other International and Area Studies