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Administration Priority: Food and Nutrition Insecurity

Building on long-standing efforts to address food insecurity and the growing intersections between food insecurity and diet-related diseases and disparities, the USDA is advancing food and nutrition security.

Nutrition security means ensuring consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe, affordable foods essential to optimal health and well-being. Our approach to tackling food and nutrition insecurity aims to:

  1. Recognize that structural inequities make it hard for many people to eat healthy and be physically active; and
  2. Emphasize taking an equity lens to our efforts.

NIFA works to ensure a safe, nutritious and secure food supply while also developing, delivering and disseminating evidence-based nutrition education and promotion to prevent chronic diseases, improve health and prioritize nutrition security. NIFA invests in developing nutrition scientists across all stages of professional development to use an integrated approach to prioritizing nutrition security and ensuring sustainable agricultural systems through research, education and Extension. NIFA invests more than $160 million in research, education, Extension and innovation to advance USDA’s goal to tackle food and nutrition insecurity.  


NIFA Programs & Funding Opportunities

See the NIFA Food and Nutrition Security page for additional programs and funding opportunities.



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