Food Security III Cooperative Agreement Projects
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On September 30, 2002, USAID awarded the Food Security III Cooperative Agreement (under a Leader with Associates [LWA] Agreement mode) to Michigan State University. It was a potential 10-year project, with renewal after the first 5 years contingent on an evaluation. The evaluation of the first 5 years was favorable, and the FS III Leader Award has been extended for the remaining 5 years, through September 30, 2012. The project is managed in the EGAT Bureau in close cooperation
with the Africa Bureau. The CTO for FS III is Philip Steffen in EGAT/AG
FS III was competitively bid, and MSU’s winning of the award means
that USAID missions can now receive and discuss proposals to complete work
and add resources under the agreement via their respective Mission or Regional
contracting offices. The development and discussion of proposal for activities
do not have to go through further competitive bidding processes providing
the agreed upon scopes of work are consistent with the themes and approaches
authorized under the FS III Agreement. Final proposals for Mission or Regional-Level
Associate Awards must be reviewed and approved by the CTO to assure correspondence
with overall FS III mandate. The following description of FS III, taken from
MSU’s successful proposal, illustrates clearly the consistency between
FS III’s mandate and approach, on the one hand, and USAID Africa Country
and Regional Strategic Plans on the other hand.
Food Security III Cooperative Agreement-Objectives
The strategic goal of the project is to integrate research findings into
national, regional, and international policy dialogue and program design
to promote rapid and sustainable agricultural growth as a means to cut hunger
and poverty. MSU’s proposed approach and specific research themes and
activities for FS III will be consistent with the objectives and focal areas,
the USG Initiative to End Hunger in Africa-IEHA,
the New Partnership for Africa’s Development-NEPAD and
the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper-PRSP
process, and of the Partnership
to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa.
Hallmarks of MSU’s proposed approach include:
1. Partnering with African institutions
, USAID Missions, and individual
analysts and decision makers.
2. Integrating research, outreach, capacity building and institutional strengthening.
3. A focus on both individual and collective action.
4. “Disaggregated” research that looks below the macro level
to examine regional, village, household, and gender-level impacts.
5. Conducting policy analysis
with attention to implementation in the real-world
setting of a given country.
Strategic Research Themes and Activities.
The overall research perspective of FS III views food security broadly in
a structural transformation context that takes into account the role of trade,
non-farm income generation, and implications for poverty alleviation and
sustainable natural resource use. The major proposed research themes are:
1. Improving food systems performance. Sub themes include strengthening
agricultural productivity, specific commodity value chains and input/output
market performance and trade.
2. Understanding household income/livelihood dynamics. Illustrative
topics include the level and distribution of rural assets, collective actions
for financing social and infrastructure investments, and responding to rising
3. Understanding food security/natural resource management interactions — towards
a greener and safer food security.
(research papers and outreach for these themes)
Capacity-building activities will support the project’s research and
outreach objectives. MSU will partner with African organizations to implement
degree training and short-course/in-service training in research/outreach
Food Security III Cooperative Agreement-Methods
The FS III Cooperative Agreement continues to employ the successful methods
developed under the prior food security project, such as: (1) application
of the "joint product/interim report" approach which emphasizes
the involvement of host-country analysts and policy makers in the entire
research and training process and the timely dissemination of findings via
policy-oriented interim reports and; (2) use of the household as an optic
for assessing the impact of changes in technologies, institutions and policies
on production, income generation and food consumption (see downloadable power
point presentation on highlights
of the FS III Cooperative Agreement.
Some key operational characteristics of the FS III standard operating procedures
Food Security III Cooperative Agreement-Contacts
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Phillip Steffen
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20523
Tel: 202 712 5118
Fax: 202 216 3010
Boughton and Eric Crawford
Food Security III Cooperative Agreement
Department of Agricultural Economics
216 Agriculture Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
tel: Boughton (517) 432-6659
tel: Crawford (517) 432-2481
fax: (517) 432-1800
Food Security III Cooperative Agreement between US Agency for International
Development, EGAT/AG Bureau cooperating closely with Africa/SD Bureau, and
MSU Department of Agricultural Economics.