Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development


Client: Insight Systems; USAID/Bureau for Food Security

Region: Global

Country: United States, Global

Service: MEL

Sector: Agriculture, Economic Growth, Food Security, Gender

Project Length: October 2013 – September 2018


The USAID Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD) project mobilizes and shares best practices, lessons learned, and effective methods to reduce extreme poverty, hunger, and undernutrition through agriculture-led economic growth. KDAD is the USAID Bureau for Food Security’s (BFS) primary tool for capturing, sharing, and promoting best practices in agriculture, nutrition, and economic development. In addition, the project supports knowledge management (KM) efforts to advance and improve internal and external knowledge sharing and learning among other Agency operating units, including the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning; the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment; and the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. KDAD also actively supports the communications efforts of the Feed the Future initiative.
KDAD manages and/or supports the Agrilinks, Feed the Future, Microlinks, and WLSME websites and provides comprehensive KM services including:
  • Regular seminars and webinars
  • Online discussions
  • In-person training courses
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) tools and analysis
  • Digital content development and dissemination
  • Event management and promotion  
Under the previous iteration of the program, Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD), implemented by QED, the project team developed the aforementioned websites, as well as The Learning Lab, and others. Read more about KDMD results by accessing the online final report.

Impact to Date

The project has achieved the following results to date:
  • Number of website members (combined) = 450,974
  • Total number of events facilitated = 110
  • Total number of event participants = 12,908
Other significant efforts include supporting the Feed the Future Global Forum, producing the 2014 Feed the Future Progress Report, and conducting an Evaluation Synthesis of all USAID food security programs.

Additional Information
Through KDAD, QED manages and/or supports the following websites:
Agrilinks.org is an online hub where food security and agriculture professionals can contribute knowledge, learn about upcoming events and connect with other practitioners.
Microlinks.org: The Microlinks.org mission is to share good practice in inclusive market development around the world. The platform helps users consume and contribute content along with a spectrum of issues from pathways out of poverty to mobilizing private capital, market facilitation to models for reaching scale.
WLSME.org: The Women's Leadership in Small and Medium Enterprises (WLSME) site captures new learning in gender and enterprise development, disseminates it among practitioners, USAID mission staff, and other donors, and connects those actors to each other in order to improve development outcomes around the world.
Feed the future
FeedtheFuture.gov is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, transforming lives toward a world where people no longer face the agony and injustice of extreme poverty, undernutrition, and hunger.

Through KDMD, QED developed and managed all of the aforementioned websites, as well as the following website:
Learning Lab
USAIDLearningLab.org engages USAID and implementing partners to collaborate, learn, and adapt throughout all stages of the program cycle through knowledge capture and sharing activities.



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