USDA NOFO on grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327424">https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327424
The purpose of this NOFO is to support ongoing applied research and analysis of U.S.
government (USG) food security and economic growth programming in Kenya and East
Africa. The proposed approach for conducting this applied analytical research should utilize
a range of learning, analytics and knowledge management methodologies. The analytical
research conducted should offer timely, relevant, and high-quality evidence for adaptive
management, informed decision making and improved development outcomes in the
The Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) is the primary initiative under which the United
States works with host governments, civil society and private sector partners to address the
needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses related to global hunger and food security.
The initiative emphasizes the empowerment of women and youth, environments for strong
agricultural markets, the promotion of research and innovation for agricultural development
and investments in nutrition.
Specifically, the food security and economic growth programs in Kenya and the East Africa
region focus on a range of programming to include: (1) supporting agricultural market
systems by addressing economic growth, malnutrition and food insecurity, (2) expanding
access to economic opportunities, including for women and youth, (3) addressing policy
constraints and leveraging private sector resources for inclusive and resilient growth, (4)
leveraging regional and international trade opportunities, and (5) supporting partnerships
and learning around water security, systems and services. For these programs to be effective,
the activities must be able to adapt in response to environmental, political, and market
changes. Responsive and timely analytics are needed to support decision making and
adaptation at program, private sector, community, county and multi-country levels.
Strengthen knowledge management, adaptive learning, and data-driven decision making to
inform and adapt USG food security and economic growth programs in Kenya and East
Africa using mixed methodologies to collect and analyze data, develop findings and
present recommendations to decision makers.