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Our Approach

The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is a demand-led and recipient-owned global partnership and a cost-effective and flexible multilateral financing mechanism dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition and poverty in developing countries. In line with Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG2), GAFSP supports resilient and sustainable agriculture that benefits and empowers poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth.

GAFSP pools development assistance resources and uses a common framework to selectively allocate them to where they are most needed, effective and catalytic, in line with country priorities and private sector opportunities.

GAFSP helps farmers to achieve substantial income gains, to be food-secure, and ultimately to be “market-ready” and share in the gains of local growth and development by investing in a wide range of opportunities across five key components:

  1. raising agricultural productivity
  2. linking farmers to markets
  3. improving non-farm rural livelihoods
  4. reducing risk and vulnerability
  5. providing technical assistance, institution building, and capacity development

How GAFSP Works

Our Theory of Change describes how GAFSP activities at the program and country level together link with the program’s objectives of reducing hunger, malnutrition and poverty with a focus on the poor and vulnerable.

Theory of Change


Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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