We work with agriculture stakeholders and policymakers to understand and dismantle systemic enabling environment constraints by providing technical assistance and advisory services and developing strategic public-private partnerships. Through these avenues, we are improving the enabling environment around a variety of issues, including customs, input supply, land tenure, agricultural finance, natural resource management, trade, and sanitary and phyto-sanitary regulations.
Enabling Environment for Agriculture.
Strengthening Lebanon’s Rural Economies
The Lebanon Agriculture and Rural Empowerment activity unlocks the potential of agriculture and rural economies in Lebanon through using a market systems approach.
Supporting Innovations for a Sustainable Soy Supply Chain
The Land Innovation Fund for Sustainable Livelihoods supports innovations that will make the soy supply chain sustainable and deforestation-free.
Farming for Food Security in Zimbabwe
Food security in Zimbabwe depends on an investment in farming households.
A Fruitful Future for Bangladesh
Healthy market systems in Bangladesh can help agribusinesses flourish while sowing the seeds for food security.
Establishing a Land Market in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is pursuing its next stage in land reform: establishing a land market to ensure the orderly transfer of land rights.
Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Moldova’s agriculture sector has a promising future, but to become more competitive and achieve its full potential, the country needs systematic support.
Unlocking Ukraine’s Agricultural Potential
With better policies, Ukraine can leverage its agriculture sector to get the most out of its arable land while supporting its more than 4 million smallholder farmers.
Breaking Down Barriers to Agribusiness in Uganda
In Uganda, where half of all exports are agricultural, crop yields are low, but the public and private sectors are collaborating to improve agricultural production and make it easier for farmers to do business.
Promoting Agricultural Growth in Ukraine
A vital part of Ukraine’s economy, the agriculture sector required systematic attention and strengthening.
Changing Agriculture Policy in Ghana
In Ghana, policymakers want to improve the agricultural sector, but first they must identify and implement the correct policy reforms to achieve that goal.
Namibian Farmers Fight Effects of Climate Change with Conservation Agriculture
Climate change is devastating crops and livelihoods in Namibia's Kavango region. Conservation agriculture offers farmers hope and the ability to mitigate the impact of an uncertain, changing environment.
Development Works Here with Robert Anyang
We’d like you to meet Robert Anyang! Robert is an agricultural value chain improvement and marketing expert. With extensive experience advancing public-private partnerships, incubating youth-owned businesses, and expanding farmers’ access to markets, Robert shares how he was destined for his current career. Robert is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1. Can you tell us about your journey…
3 Questions with Cynthia Steen on Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Cynthia Steen serves as chief of party of the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) and has previously led agribusiness and enterprise development projects in multiple countries, including Egypt, Albania, Jamaica, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. HVAA is successfully demonstrating production, post-harvest, and marketing techniques to make Moldova a more competitive exporter, creating sustainable opportunities…
4 Best Practices to Make Agriculture Insurance More Available and Affordable
This post originally appeared on Agrilinks. Farming is a risky livelihood throughout the world. But for smallholder farmers in particular, productivity and food security are defined by risk. “Good years” are defined by adequate rains, and “bad years” by drought. In Uganda, where 70 percent of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, the…
Ukraine’s Most Celebrated Watermelons Spark Unexpected Reform
This activity was one of the four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the market systems track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. It is not often that a pilot activity to improve a market system ends up capturing the imagination of a nation. Yet, when a barge loaded…
6 Myths About Youth and Land
A few basic facts: there were 1.2 billion youth aged 15 to 24 years globally in 2015, accounting for one out of every six people worldwide. By 2030, the target date for achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the number of youth is projected to grow by 7 percent, to nearly 1.3 billion. Given…
Thinking and Working Politically to Strengthen Agricultural Market Systems
Down-and-dirty politics and political roadblocks have thwarted the success of agricultural development projects for decades. To achieve greater success, we need to consider how we can better understand and break down such blocks. Whether we like it or not, international development efforts are inherently political. Within the agriculture sector, the relationships and power dynamics among…
News: Farmers Don’t Exist in a Vacuum: Leveraging Intermediaries to Make Market Systems Work Better for All
To feed the world’s 7.5 billion people and help smallholder farmers earn a decent living, development programs often focus on teaching farmers better production techniques. From promoting irrigation to encouraging proper pesticide use, helping farmers to produce a larger harvest is a tried and true method to increase food security and incomes. Yet farmers do…
Giving a Voice to the Little Guy: Advocacy in Agriculture
It’s no secret that agriculture is an important sector in the field of international development. The presence of farming, agricultural technologies, and agriculture policy is a certainty in nearly every country around the globe. Within this sector there are some 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; more than 2 billion people depend on them for their…
Building a Stronger Business Case for Resiliency Planning in Asia
The landmark 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) Paris Agreement recognized the need for a multi-pronged approach to reach the ambitious development goals set by 195 countries, 34 of which are in Asia. With one-third of the world’s total population, Asia is increasingly vulnerable to climate change due to its low-lying, heavily populated coastlines and dependency…
3 Questions with Robert Anyang: Feeding the Next Generation in Uganda
Youth engagement in agriculture is an important component of many agricultural development programs. Why is it so important to reach youth? Firstly, the current population that’s engaged in agriculture in Uganda has an average age of around 65 years old. As that population stops farming in the next five to 10 years, who will feed…