The AFRI Food Security Challenge Area focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food.
Note: This program has been combined into the AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area in FY 2017.
By 2050 world food supplies will need to double from current levels to sustain an estimated population of nine billion people. The United States will not have to meet that challenge alone since other nations currently account for approximately 80 percent of global livestock and grain production. However, it is clear that U.S. food production will have to increase substantially for the world to meet the demand for food in 2050. The long-term goal of the AFRI Food Security Challenge Area is to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food.