We introduce farmers to good agricultural practices (GAPs), production and post-harvest technologies, and information for sound farm management and financial decisions. We use repeated demonstrations to show marginal rates of return, motivating farmers to incrementally ‘climb the adoption ladder’ from GAPs to low-cost technology to higher-cost inputs and assets. We also connect farmers to digital platforms that allow them to receive real-time weather alerts and pricing information on their mobile devices.
Improved Production Practices and Technologies.
Empowering the Individual
When supplied with the high-quality, low-cost technologies and skills needed to align with market specifications, Nigerian smallholder farmers can increase their incomes and improve homes, health, and livelihoods.
Creating Economic Growth in Haiti
Investing in Haiti's agriculture sector helped to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprises.
Energizing Farming and Agribusiness in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aiming to enter the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina must improve the economic value of the agriculture sector.
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.
Improved Livelihoods and Nutrition in Tajikistan
To address widespread nutrition deficiencies and food insecurity, smallholder farmers in Tajikistan must increase, diversify, and add value to their agricultural production.
Stronger and Healthier Households in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers are getting linked with buyers, financing, training, and inputs to sustainably increase incomes and improve nutrition in an effort to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Digitizing the Agricultural Value Chain
This post originally appeared on MarketLinks. Over the past few decades, we’ve all heard variations of the same refrain: the future is digital. However, digital’s promise is hard to realize in many contexts given the technology infrastructure required for success. This goes beyond broadband internet availability and access to include cultural norms and other factors…
How to Stop Zoom Zone-Out: Lessons from VukaNow
The role of USAID’s VukaNow Activity is to catalyze learning and share information and best practices to enhance collaborative efforts to combat wildlife crime in southern Africa. This work requires many in-person meetings and workshops. In 2020, VukaNow, along with partner CollaborateUp, was organizing a critical learning event in Botswana, planned for mid-March. Just a…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
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…
News: Innovating, Connecting, and Transforming Development at the ICT4D Conference
Innovations in technology have enhanced development impact across all sectors — from agriculture to education to health. From May 8 to 10, public, private, and civil society organizations from around the world will convene for the 2018 Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. Now in its 10th year, the conference…
10 Lessons Learned for Facilitating an Inclusive Agricultural Market System
Agriculture is vital to the continued diversification of Nigeria’s economy and to rural prosperity and food security for all Nigerians. The country’s agricultural market system is exceedingly complex. Building the sector requires a systems approach that encompasses entire targeted value chains. All links are important. Without a link to a profitable source of market demand,…
Celebrating Nigeria’s Food and Agriculture Markets
This post was originally published by the Global Harvest Initiative, and is cross-posted with permission. Nigeria has a powerful potential for productive agriculture with linkages to growing consumer demand. Living in Abuja and working in the field of agriculture, I witness this potential of agriculture to help improve the lives of farmers, not only in…
News: USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Visits Chemonics Project in Haiti
On December 15, 2014, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, U.S. Ambassador Pamela A. White, and USAID Mission Director John Goarke visited the Société Nationale des Parcs Industriels (SONAPI) food court, where Chemonics has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and lowered energy costs by making it possible for food vendors to purchase affordable propane gas cook stoves. The visit…
News: Haitian President Sees Agricultural Improvements in Action
Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly and members of his cabinet recently visited farmer groups to see how members have improved irrigation systems, implemented new techniques, and reclaimed 10,000 hectares of previously unusable land. In the rehabilitated section of the Riviere Grise, one local confederation of farmer associations has worked with the USAID Water Initiative for National…