Investments in agriculture are critical to supporting the world’s farmers and bolstering food security.

Agriculture is a vital sector in the economies of many developing countries and is essential to promoting a healthy population as well as supporting the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

DFC is committed to investing in projects that help smallholder farmers access training and tools to increase yields, strengthen value chains to reduce food waste, build critical food processing infrastructure, and enable countries to expand food exports.

The agency seeks to invest $1 billion in food security and agriculture projects over five years to accelerate progress toward ending hunger and malnutrition and building more sustainable, equitable, and resilient food systems.

Because many of the world’s subsistence farmers are women, DFC’s support for agriculture projects advances women’s economic empowerment and the agency’s 2X Women’s Initiative.