The Smith Center is supporting the next phase of agriculture and food security programming under the Feed the Future initiative by coordinating applied research and analysis in target countries.
October 1, 2022-Present
The Operational Hub is recruiting a roster of experts to carry out scopes of work in target countries.
The Smith Center is currently seeking a Graduate Research Assistant to support research and administration on this project. Interested applicants can find more information here.
The Smith Center’s “Operational Hub for Country Action Planning” is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Feed the Future draws on the agricultural, trade, investment, development and policy resources and expertise of multiple U.S. federal departments and agencies to support its mission.
The Smith Center is establishing an “Operational Hub” to support the next phase of the Feed the Future initiative. The Hub will conduct applied research and analysis in support of programs to improve food security and nutrition outcomes in the 20 Feed the Future countries. The Hub will respond to requests for technical assistance by developing and implementing scopes of work for specific studies, assessments, and strategic plans. Scopes of work will be carried out by research teams comprised of technical and geographic experts, recruited from the University of Tennessee and other universities and research institutions. Research teams will undertake desk studies that build on existing literature and field research that collects new data in target countries and regions. This research and analysis will guide USAID missions as they develop strategic plans and design program under the Feed the Future initiative.