Global Food Security:
USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks (GAO-13-815SP, September 2013), an E-supplement to GAO-13-809
GAO-13-815SP: Published: Sep 17, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2013.
This e-publication supplements our report, Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks (GAO-13-809). The purpose of this e-publication is to provide information from our web-based survey of U.S. representatives implementing Feed the Future (FTF) programs in 19 FTF focus countries. The survey asked their perceptions of the whole-of-government and country-led approaches in the planning and implementation of FTF. The topics included coordination within and between U.S. agencies, coordination with country stakeholders, the mechanism and frequency of coordination, the perceived effectiveness of coordination in accomplishing certain actions, and factors that may have helped or hindered coordination. The web-based survey was administered from May 2012 through August 2012. We surveyed all U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and FTF partner-country representatives identified as key personnel by the agencies, including mission directors, Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Nationals, and personal services contractors implementing FTF in 19 countries. Overall, we achieved a weighted response rate of 72 percent, with 342 respondents to our survey.(1) We compared the respondents with nonrespondents on the basis of available demographic data, such as employment status, and did not find any significant differences between the groups. This e-publication presents the survey estimates and 95 percent confidence intervals based on all respondents as well as for USAID and FTF Partners.(2) The number of responses is presented for the Department of State (State), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Peace Corps, and other agencies combined.(3) See the report referenced above for a more detailed discussion of our scope and methodology, as well as a discussion of survey results.