USAID Agriculture Program launched to create jobs and increase private sector investment in Georgia

USAID Agriculture Program launched to create jobs and increase private sector investment in Georgia

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On November 19, 2018, leaders in the public and private sector, including U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Ross Wilson; USAID Mission Director, Peter Wiebler; Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Nodar Kereselidze, and leading Georgian agribusinesses convened to announce the launch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agriculture Program.

This new five-year program, implemented by CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture), an international agriculture development organization, will work closely with the Georgian Government and Georgia’s agribusiness leaders to create more rural jobs, improve rural livelihoods and advance sustainable economic growth and development in Georgia.

The program will mobilize past USAID partners and prominent Georgian agribusinesses to share the knowledge and skills they have acquired with new participants of the program. Technical assistance will be accompanied by co-financing targeting micro, small, and medium enterprises as well as cooperatives to address constraints in the availability of planting materials, production, post-harvest handling, processing, and market access.

The USAID Agriculture Program plans to create 3,000 new jobs, increase sales by 60 million USD and leverage over 7 million USD of increased investments from the private sector over the course of the five-year project.

Links to coverage of the launch event by Georgian media can be found below:

  1. https://imedinews.ge/ge/ekonomika/86066/usaidis-soplis-meurneobis-akhali-programa-gaikhsna
  2. https://bpn.ge/ekonomika/50584-usaid-is-soflis-meurneobis-akhali-programis-farglebshi-dagegmilia-3-000-samushao-adgilis-sheqmna.html?lang=ka-GE
  3. https://www.interpressnews.ge/ka/article/521749-nodar-kereselize-usaid-is-soplis-meurneobis-axali-programis-prezentacias-daescro/

 

USAID Awards CNFA Southern Africa, Moldova Farmer-to-Farmer Program

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CNFA to boost productivity, incomes through volunteer technical assistance in six countries

WASHINGTON, D.C.: CNFA, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, announced that it was awarded a five-year, $12.25 million cooperative agreement from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Programs in Southern Africa and Moldova. USAID administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

CNFA has 20 years of experience in implementing USAID F2F Programs, which connect farmers, agribusinesses and agriculture organizations with U.S. volunteer technical experts who provide market-driven solutions designed to boost agricultural productivity and incomes. Over the past two decades, CNFA has fielded more than 2,900 F2F volunteers in 24 countries, most recently in Malawi, Mozambique and Angola.

Under the new award, CNFA will select and field volunteer experts tasked with supporting the production, processing and marketing of products in the aquaculture, horticulture, legume, livestock and rice value chains in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, and in Moldova in Eastern Europe.

“CNFA is fortunate to be able to leverage two decades of experience working with Farmer-to Farmer Programs to implement these new initiatives,” said CNFA President and Chief Executive Officer Sylvain Roy. “CNFA’s accumulated expertise will allow us to develop these programs in the most efficient and effective manner possible—and to provide the maximum impact for each beneficiary in terms of economic growth and food security.”

Under the F2F program, CNFA engages the farming community, private sector, universities and other stakeholders to recruit skilled agricultural and business experts, who then use their technical expertise to help program beneficiaries create and implement market-driven solutions that boost productivity and economic outcomes. By improving livelihoods, F2F programs also encourage social stability and reduce the risk of conflict.

CNFA also announced the appointment of agriculture and agribusiness expert Dr. Marjatta Eilittä to serve as Program Director for the new five-year project. In her new role, Eilittä will work closely with senior agricultural experts and program managers who support the value chains in their respective countries to ensure successful implementation of the program in each country.

Eilittä previously served with the University of Florida’s Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems funded by USAID. Prior to that, she provided financial and technical oversight for a $43 million USAID-funded project serving several West African countries.

Over the course of the five-year award, CNFA will design and conduct 420 volunteer assignments supporting 263 hosts across the six beneficiary countries. Plans call for the volunteer assignments to reach 80,741 beneficiaries through formal, on-the-job-training.

Expected impacts over the term of the program include an estimated $1.4 million increase in beneficiary net incomes, and a projected $46.7 million in sales by the hosts.

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CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latina America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

CNFA-Implemented MOCA Initiative, ANADER Partner To Strengthen Côte d’Ivoire Cocoa Sector

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Partnership will leverage ANADER’s local presence in key cocoa-growing regions

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, announced that Côte d’Ivoire’s Agence Nationale d’Appui au Développement Rural (ANADER) has entered into a partnership with Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA), a three-year, CNFA-implemented initiative to strengthen Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa sector.

Under the new agreement, signed Sept. 22 by MOCA Chief of Party Marc Steen and ANADER CEO Dr. Sidiki Cisse, the organizations will collaborate to improve the efficiency of Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa value chain and bolster the capacity of the country’s cocoa stakeholders.

“ANADER’s expertise and experience in the cocoa sector will ensure that MOCA’s field activities are implemented in a competent and expeditious manner,” Steen said. “I am confident this new partnership will prove to be a major asset in achieving the project’s objectives.”

“Our organization looks forward to assisting the MOCA project in its efforts to improve the economic benefits of cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire,” ANADER’s Cisse said. “Numerous opportunities in the cocoa sector are just waiting to be exploited—particularly in terms of improving quality, processing, marketing, and resilience to the effects of climate change.”

MOCA, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program and implemented by CNFA, works to increase the quality and availability of the production and inputs, improve harvesting and post-harvest handling, facilitate trade relations, and strengthen producers to better meet the international market demand.

ANADER works to improve the professionalism of farmers and agricultural organizations, providing training and consultation to farmers using tools and programs designed to ensure sustainable and controlled development.

Project activities will focus on regions where ANADER has a local presence, including the Nawa, Haut-Sassandra and Indénié-Duablin cocoa-producing regions.

 

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CNFA: The MOCA project is implemented in Côte d’Ivoire by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization that specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

CNFA Appoints Lt. Gen John Castellaw as New Board of Directors Member

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: CNFA, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, announced that Lt. Gen John Castellaw, USMC (Ret.) has been appointed to join the CNFA Board of Directors.

Castellaw is Chief Executive Officer of Farmspace Systems LLC., a drone-based precision agriculture data collection company he co-founded following a 36-year career in U.S. Marine Corps aviation. Castellaw, who concluded his military career as Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources at the Pentagon, participated in a range of humanitarian operations in Africa, Asia and Europe, including serving with the United Nations during the siege of Sarajevo, and commanding the U.S. force in a multinational security and stability operation in East Timor.

“John adds an important new dimension to the CNFA Board,” said CNFA Chair of the Board Elin D. Miller. “As a recognized national security expert as well as an agricultural technology entrepreneur, John has a unique combination of skills and experience that will prove extremely valuable to our organization as we grow our work in increasingly complex environments around the world.”

Castellaw serves on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council, and works with a number of other Washington, D.C.-based security organizations, including the Nuclear Security Working Group, the American Security Project and the Climate Security Working Group. He also serves as a consultant on food insecurity’s impact on global security, recently testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee.

“John has a deep understanding not only of the critical interrelationship of food security and global security—but also of the crucial role that access to food plays in the economic and social stability of less-developed nations and regions,” said CNFA President & Chief Executive Officer Sylvain Roy. “John understands the private sector’s important role in providing the knowledge and technology necessary to increase agricultural productivity and economic prosperity. His combined expertise in these two areas meshes perfectly with CNFA’s mission to use market-driven approaches to bring sustainable agricultural development to underserved regions of the world.”

“CNFA’s entrepreneurship-based model provides a practical, common-sense approach to international development,” Castellaw said. “I look forward to working with the CNFA Board of Directors to expand and grow the use of this approach to bolster the economic and social well-being of the world’s farmers.”

CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices in 17 countries, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups.

 

Ed Keturakis: Increasing Agricultural Quality and Efficiency through Technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward Summit

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On October 10, CNFA’s Vice President of Program Development Ed Keturakis spoke about increasing agricultural quality and efficiency through technology at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward summit. Watch his full presentation by scrolling down to the webcast on the Food Forward official page here.

CNFA’s Ed Keturakis speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Food Forward Summit.

A Legacy of Leadership: Commemorating Rick Reising

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CNFA mourns the passing of Rick Reising, a key contributor to CNFA during his more than decade of service as a member of the CNFA Board of Directors. Rick was that rare individual who, through a combination of dedicated service and strong commitment, selflessly applied his professional talents to improve the lives of others, not only through CNFA, but also through the many other civic and charitable organizations to which he contributed his time and effort. By sharing his enviable knowledge and experience in law, agribusiness and investment banking with CNFA during this period of exceptional growth and change, Rick helped to transform CNFA into the robust, vibrant organization it is today. Rick’s legacy of leadership lives on though his contributions to CNFA, and his work continues to improve the lives of tens of thousands of individuals around the world.

CNFA-Implemented Cocoa Project to Ink Memorandum of Understanding With Fine Chocolate Industry Association

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CNFA, FCIA to join efforts to boost quality of Côte d’Ivoire cocoa, increase farmer incomes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On June 30, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, announced that the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) and the Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA) project, implemented by CNFA, will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at FCIA’s annual meeting on June 30, 2018.

MOCA, a project funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress program and implemented by CNFA, provides capacity-building, training and other support services to Côte d’Ivoire cocoa producers, cooperatives and exporters with the aim of improving the supply of high-quality cacao beans and improving farm incomes.

FCIA, whose members focus on the production of premium chocolate and encourage utilizing the best practices in cocoa production and processing, will collaborate with MOCA to support the project through its membership activities.

“This collaboration enhances the individual efforts of MOCA and FCIA to improve the efficiency of the cocoa value chain in Côte d’Ivoire,” said CNFA President and Chief Executive Officer Sylvain Roy. “FCIA’s counsel will help farmers and businesses refine their production to meet the needs of the fine chocolate market—and MOCA’s training and guidance will improve the crop quality, processing, post-harvest handling and market linkages necessary to produce those high-quality products and get them to market.”

“This memorandum of understanding establishes a strong mutual bond between two parties who share a keen interest in cultivating the finest, high-quality cocoa,” said FCIA President Clark Guittard. “Through our new relationship with MOCA, our organization gains an informed, on-the-ground presence in the world’s leading cocoa-producing region.

The main thrust of the three-year MOCA program is to increase the productivity and efficiency of stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa value chain in order to boost the quality of crops, expand cocoa trade and ultimately improve the incomes and livelihoods of cocoa farmers.

“This MOU will provide added impetus to the most important goal of the MOCA initiative,” Roy said, “and that is to generate better incomes for the 600,000 smallholder farmers and families in Côte d’Ivoire who produce more than a third of the world’s cocoa supply—but live on less than $2 a day.”

 

CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives.  CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups.  Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latina America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

FCIA: The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is the only organization focused 100% on supporting fine chocolate professionals. it promotes the artistry and craftsmanship of the chocolate professional focused on producing superior products made from premium chocolate and natural ingredients. It believes in using best practices in cacao processing and chocolate production; and transparent labeling and marketing practices.  FCIA’s mission is to promote quality, innovations, ethical sourcing, and best practices in the fine chocolate industry from tree to bar and bonbon.  This can be achieved by communicating with consumers, educating chocolate professionals, helping define standards, and building partnerships to strengthen the value chain while preserving fine cacao varieties.

Trécé Event Highlights Economic Importance of International Development

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Georgian Ambassador, USAID officials attend groundbreaking for new plant

ADAIR, OKLA.—Trécé Inc., a leading American manufacturer of insect monitoring systems and pheromones, welcomed U.S. and international dignitaries to celebrate corporate expansion activities closely linked to company’s growing international development efforts.

The event at Trécé’s facility in Adair, Okla., which also hosted members of state and local government and academia, included a groundbreaking ceremony for a new plant, ribbon cutting ceremony of a new office building, and a plant and lab tour.

“This event comes in large part thanks to revenue Trécé received from our participation in a U.S. Agency for International Development project in the Republic of Georgia,” said Bill Lingren, Trécé owner and founder. “This project is generating benefits on two sides of the world: It is helping thousands of smallholder farmers in Georgia combat a serious infestation by the brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB)—as well as providing significant returns for Trécé, our employees and their communities.”

Trécé’s involvement in Georgia originally stemmed from the purchase and deployment of tens of thousands of the company’s BMSB lures and traps by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international development organization implementing a USAID project in that country. Since that time, Trécé has expanded its role in international development. In March, for example, Trécé organized and independently sponsored a team of U.S.-based scientists to travel to Georgia with Trécé’s own scientists to study the BMSB infestation, which is attacking many of the country’s orchard and field crops.

USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman, who also attended the event, noted the important role the private sector plays in international development efforts.

“Trécé is proud that its products are being used in a project to protect Georgia’s hazelnut sector, as well as other key crops such as grapes, corn, peaches, apples and vegetables,” Lingren said. “And we also are proud of the economic benefits this project is generating closer to home—which are particularly important to U.S. companies in rural areas. In this case, our success in rural Georgia is supporting good-paying jobs in rural Oklahoma.”

 

About Trécé Incorporated:  Trécé is a market-driven organization focused on customer needs, growing through development, manufacturing and marketing of insect pheromone and kairomone-based products, which benefit food production and the environment, while creating net economic welfare for its customers, company employees, local and global communities.  The Trécé product catalog currently contains over 150 species-specific, pheromone and/or kairomone-based kits, attractants and lures, a full line of trap models designed for a wide variety of flying and crawling insect pests that attack growing agriculture and post-harvest stored ag crops.  These products are marketed under two internationally respected brand names, PHEROCON® and STORGARD®.  Furthermore, Trécé created, registered and markets a line of insect control products under the brand name, CIDETRAK®, for orchard and vine crops and protection of post-harvest stored ag products in the commodity, food processing and retail segments of the industry.

From left: Georgian Ambassador to the U.S., Brock Bierman (Assistant Administrator to USAID Europe), CNFA’s Ed Katurakis (VP New Business Development at CNFA), and Bill Lingren (CEO of Trece).

 

 

 

Remembering Frank C. Carlucci

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CNFA mourns the passing of friend and colleague Frank C. Carlucci, who passed away on June 4, 2018. Carlucci, who served his country as a Foreign Service officer, National Security Advisor and Secretary of Defense, played an instrumental role in the founding of CNFA in 1985. Carlucci shared his deep reserve of international experience with CNFA during his 15 years of service with our organization, including as CNFA chairman. We will forever be grateful for his passion and commitment to peace and prosperity, which characterized his long career, and which lives on at CNFA today.