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Food Security & Nutrition

Around the world, ICF works with development partners and national governments to pinpoint the underlying causes of food insecurity and to deliver innovative programs that address world hunger.

ICF's multidisciplinary teams help governments and development partners provide and communicate the evidence for designing, implementing, and evaluating food security programs. We also help build the capacity to create and scale targeted, effective programs across multiple countries and contexts.

The Power of On-the-Ground Experience

For more than 30 years, ICF has helped clients such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) examine trends across the food security nexus in the developing world. We help governments and development partners understand the critical links between food security, nutrition, women’s empowerment, globalization, migration, and climate change.

Our portfolio of food security studies has expanded into over 15 countries. Through these engagements, we have:

  • Gained in-depth understanding of national populations and context, built rich data archives, and developed proven sampling methodologies and innovative delivery models.
  • Employed technology and processes that result in timely, efficient, consistent service delivery across geographic areas and projects.
  • Built in-country capacity through training, development, and evaluation of survey instruments.

The Advantage of a One-Stop Resource

Whether gauging the effectiveness of an agricultural development program in Asia or evaluating nutrition, agricultural production, health, and household expenditures in Africa or the Caribbean, ICF delivers the benefit of technical acumen seamlessly blended with subject matter expertise. Our domain knowledge encompasses key aspects of food security:

  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Agricultural markets and value chains
  • Livelihoods
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • Poverty

Our services cover population-based, targeted beneficiary studies, sample design, data collection, qualitative and quantitative analysis, benchmarking, evaluation, and analysis for decision making.

A Commitment to Enduring Value

Our quantitative and qualitative analyses for the USAID Office of Food for Peace is enabling the comparison of data across countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In the Middle East and North Africa, our vulnerability mapping assessment for UNICEF is empowering policy makers to understand the impact of rising food prices on food security. Similarly, our work with the USAID’s Feed the Future Program in Zimbabwe is assesses the role of crop and livestock development in reducing poverty and food insecurity.