Food Systems

Resilient food systems for healthy communities

We help communities identify and address the full spectrum of issues affecting food security and community health to end hunger and promote well-being for all.

Food Security

Taking a systems approach to reduce hunger

Counterpart supports locally led efforts to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition by increasing availability and access to food, improving food use, and building a resilient, adaptive, and inclusive enabling environment that promotes household well-being and food security.

Implementing around the world

Collaborating with partners in diverse contexts

From arid areas in Africa to the mountain highlands of Latin America, we take a systems approach to end malnutrition and build resiliency

What we're doing

Feeding school children and supporting smallholder farmers

We partner with smallholder farmers to increase yields and incomes through climate smart production practices, access to improved inputs, and links to more lucrative market opportunities. We promote improved health, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition to ensure households enjoy diverse diets that are balanced and rich in micronutrients. Working closely with communities, we address challenges that affect food availability and access, including governance of local structures, conflict mitigation, disaster risk management, and better integration of vulnerable groups.

Food Systems Projects

Focusing on the building blocks of healthy communities

We’re touching lives in communities around the world. Read more to find out how.

our impact

Strengthening local food systems to better address household needs


meals served to school children in Mauritania, Senegal, and Mozambique in 2022


in loans to 7,765 Guatemalan farmers to boost production and increase incomes


farmers trained in Guatemala, increasing yields by 30% and creating 2,776 new jobs

Our Stories

Bringing together experts and activists

We’re fighting hunger and creating sustainable food systems. Read our stories to find out how.

USDA Delegation and U.S. Ambassador Visit Mozambique School Feeding Project

USDA Delegation and U.S. Ambassador Visit Mozambique School Feeding Project

The Counterpart team in Mozambique showcased the work of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program in Mozambique, Our Bright Future!, for a delegation of U.S. representatives that...
Celebrating 20 Years of the McGovern-Dole Program

Celebrating 20 Years of the McGovern-Dole Program

The year 2022 marks the 20 anniversary of the USDA McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, which has provided 5.5 billion school meals benefitting 31 million school-age children...
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Learn more about our other focus areas

We take an inclusive approach to our programming and in our operations, strengthening communities side by side with our partners.