Remembering Frank C. Carlucci

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.

USAID Launches Hinga Weze – A New 28 Billion RWF Agricultural Growth Project Nyamata

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Nyamata—On April 26th, 2018 the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a new 28 Billion RWF project to support agricultural growth and resiliency across Rwanda. The project, called Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze, will be implemented over five years in 10 districts across Rwanda.

Hinga Weze will work directly with over 200,000 farmers. The project will help them grow at least 50 percent more crops on the same amount of land by promoting sustainable use of fertilizers, improved seeds, watering practices and more. With more crops per hectare, farmers will have more money and greater food security.

Hinga Weze will also provide pest management training to help farmers combat the invasive Fall Armyworm pest. The project will also bolster the resilience of Rwanda’s agricultural sector to a changing climate. By the end of the project, over 600 new hectares of farmland will be fitted with new irrigation infrastructure.

The new USAID-funded project will also improve the nutrition of hundreds of thousands of pregnant women and young children across Rwanda, who are vulnerable to stunting. That’s because Hinga Weze will partially focus on the cultivation of highly nutritious foods, such as orange fleshed sweet potatoes and high-iron beans, and will train families and communities on preparing nutritious meals.

The project launch in Bugasera District was attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Peter Vrooman, the Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture, Fulgence Nsengiyumva, other Government of Rwanda representatives, agribusinesses, farmers and others.

The main guests participated in a feeding session for children together with nutrition health workers, after taking part in the symbolic revealing of the five value chains supported by Hinga Weze – maize, high-iron beans, Irish potatoes, orange-fleshed beans and horticulture. The guests later toured an exhibition of farm input and post-harvest handling equipment and bi-products displayed by agrodealers and agro-importers and other Hinga Weze partners.

In a call to action message, Ambassador Vrooman urged Hinga Weze to provide a lasting solution to farmers, highlighting fall army worm as a major threat to agriculture productivity. His words came after the main guests were guided through a demonstration on how to identify fall army worm (FAW) pest. Hinga Weze will provide pest management training to as part of the campaign to combat the invasive pest. So far Hinga Weze has already identified about 365 hectares affected by FAW in its districts of interventions.

Hinga Weze will be implemented in the following 10 districts: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma, Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyamasheke, Karongi, and Nyamagabe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Ambassador Vrooman and Agriculture State Minister during the display of Hinga Weze supported crops.

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the foreign assistance agency of the United States Government.
USAID supports $129 million of development assistance annually to Rwanda, with programs in health, economic development, education,
and democracy and governance.

CNFA and Trécé Join Forces to Protect Georgian Hazelnut Crop

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Conference to bring together scientists from both nations to combat BMSB infestation

WASHINGTON, DC, AND ADAIR, OK— Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development non-profit organization, and Trécé Inc., a leading American manufacturer of insect monitoring systems and pheromones, announced they will convene a one-week mission beginning March 5, 2018 aimed at improving efforts to combat the brown marmorated stinkbug (BMSB) infestation that threatens hazelnuts and other crops in western regions of the country of Georgia.

The mission will be conducted in Georgia with the joint support of Trécé and Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP), a five-year, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project implemented by CNFA that harnesses private investment and technical assistance to improve rural livelihoods through enterprise development.

The primary objective of the mission is to develop better ways to manage the pest on the 75,000 hectares of hazelnuts grown by 60,000—mostly small—growers, as well as in citrus orchards and cornfields farmed by the country’s smallholders.

To that end, scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and three U.S. universities will travel to Georgia to meet with Georgian counterparts, exchange knowledge and expertise, and participate in field visits to several regions that were severely affected by BMSB in 2017. A conference slated to convene March 8, 2018 will provide a forum to encourage knowledge-sharing.

“This mission epitomizes the kind of public-private cooperation that we at CNFA rely on to support our mission,” said CNFA President and CEO Sylvain Roy. “It is gratifying to see partners like Trécé go the extra distance to contribute to our efforts to improve the agricultural and technical skills of our clients.”

CNFA, which has directed the REAP project in Georgia since 2013, last year selected Trécé to provide two large shipments of its PHEROCON® insect kits (lures and traps) to protect Georgia’s hazelnut sector and safeguard other key agricultural products. The project was expanded last year in response to the infestation.

Trécé CEO and founder, Bill Lingren will travel to Georgia to take an active role in the mission.

“Trécé is pleased to help pave the way for scientists from both countries to join together to observe this infestation on site, gather new information, and develop better ways to fight this pest,” Lingren said. “By partnering to fine-tune and improve the ways we combat BMSB, Trécé is not only helping protect Georgian farmers and their crops, but also improving our own technology and our technical approaches, which ultimately benefits our business, our employees, and the communities who depend on us.”

Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Europe and Eurasia Mr. Brock Bierman, visited USAID / REAP Georgia supported Drying Facility Farconi, LTD.

CNFA Volunteer Wayne Burleson Named VEGA 2017 Volunteer of The Year

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Congressional Leaders Join VEGA, CNFA and USAID leadership on Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C. CNFA Vice President of New Business Development Ed Keturakis with Wayne and Connie Burleson on Capitol Hill

— On December 5—International Volunteer Day—Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) presented the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award to USAID Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) volunteer and Montana farmer Wayne Burleson.

Burleson, who has volunteered nine times with CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture), an international agricultural development organization, was recognized for his support of the F2F program over the past decade, as well as his innovations in soil management and their impact on smallholder farmers worldwide.

“Wayne’s enthusiasm for bringing the successful techniques developed on his own Montana farm to Southern Africa is an example of why the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program is so successful,” said CNFA President & CEO Sylvain Roy. “When we can teach others the same techniques we trust here at home, people recognize that we want to give them a hand up, not a hand out. This is a powerful message for global development and is precisely why CNFA has been a dedicated partner of the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program since 1991.”

At an event held on Capitol Hill, CNFA Vice President of New Business Development Ed Keturakis and Farmer-to-Farmer Program Director Margaret Anderson joined Burleson and a broad spectrum of U.S. volunteers, bipartisan congressional champions, USAID leadership and experts from the private sector to recognize and discuss the important contributions of volunteers to effective U.S. global development.

During his various assignments, Burleson was supported by USAID and CNFA to administer targeted trainings to farmers that incorporated both agricultural theory and hands-on experience. Burleson’s lessons included methods to identify and sustain soil health, planting bed construction, seed sowing, composting “born-again soils,” organic control of pests and diseases and post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables. These are all critical processes, for which most modern techniques have yet to reach the locations where Burleson volunteered, where even small improvements can have a significant impact in boosting farm productivity and food security.

“I wanted to teach anyone, anywhere in the world, that if you can change the soils and transform them into “born-again soils,” you have the power to grow life-healing food faster, tastier and stronger than ever before,” said Burleson.

Over the years, Burleson has received praise from country directors and farmers that worked with him, often inspiring others to pass on his agricultural techniques to other communities – long after the conclusion of any one F2F assignment.

This year VEGA awarded six USAID Farmer-to-Farmer volunteers its 2017 Volunteer of The Year honor. The awardees hailed from California, Massachusetts, Montana, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin respectively.

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 45 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

 

CNFA VP of New Business Development Ed Keturakis (left) poses with Wayne and Connie Burleson at the VEGA Volunteer of the Year award ceremony on Capitol Hill.

 

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Recognizes Major Bowen and members of the International Development Working Group (IDWG)

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CNFA Director of Global Security elected as the new Vice Chair of the IDWG

Washington, D.C. – On November 16, the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) presented its 2017 Common Interest Council Award to CNFA Director of Global Security Major Bowen in recognition of the broader International Development Working Group (IDWG) team. Bowen, who was in turn elected as the new Vice Chair of the OSAC IDWG, has been an active member of OSAC since 2015 and a voting member of the IDWG since July 2016.

The award recognized the IDWG’s efforts to increase engagement of the international development community and is given each year to an OSAC member whose leadership promotes the importance of information sharing in public-private collaboration in the security realm.

As Vice Chair of the IDWG, Bowen will continue to engage with partners across public and private spheres towards elevating the discourse of global security professionals working in international development.

Bowen joined CNFA (Cultivating New Frontier in Agriculture), an international agricultural development organization, in 2015 to oversee the safety and security of CNFA’s staff, business infrastructure and in-country operations.

“Major understands that our people are our greatest asset,” said CNFA President and CEO Sylvain Roy. “He has worked tirelessly with our staff and public and private partners worldwide to promote information sharing to enhance security and an emphasis on developing local relationships that ensure we can achieve our mission day-in and day-out. The OSAC IDWG team has gained an experienced new leader with Major, and I know they will benefit as much from his unique insight as we do at CNFA.”

Before joining CNFA, Bowen worked as a Lead Operations Officer with the Department of State and focused on Counter-Violent Extremism (CVE), political violence and conflict mitigation initiatives in sub-Sahara Africa. His experience also includes work as a Regional Team Leader and Regional Operations Officer implementing USAID contracts in Iraq, among other assignments, and as a Senior Governance Specialist. He has over 25 combined years of experience in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Army and has served in combat, stability, counterinsurgency and peace enforcement operations around the world.

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 45 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

For more information, visit www.CNFA.org.

USAID, Nestlé, VEGA, CNFA Announce Public-Private Partnership Leveraging Skilled Volunteers

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Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestlé Maize Quality Improvement Partnership

Kaduna, Nigeria—Today, public and private-sector partners announced a new program leveraging the expertise of volunteers to train farmers, workers and small agricultural businesses in Kaduna State to reduce crop contaminants in order to sustainably increase the safety and quality of maize and soybeans and improve the health, nutrition and livelihoods in this community: Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestlé Maize Quality Improvement Partnership.

Post-harvest losses due to poor farming practices and high levels of mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, and other contaminants have plagued staple crops such as maize and soybean, making it much harder for small-holder farmers to earn a decent income. These mycotoxins also threaten the health and lives of humans and animals. These contaminants lead to cancer and fatal kidney and liver failure. In children, aflatoxin poisoning causes stunting, immune suppression and death.

The partners for this new public-private partnership are committed to reducing the deadly threat of these dangerous crop contaminants. The partners are U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nestlé, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) and VEGA Member Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA). Please see their quotes below.

For the past three years, Nestlé has been working with farmers to improve their farming practices, the safety and quality of their crops, and thus their incomes. This new partnership is expected to significantly expand upon these efforts, reaching many more farmers and other agro-industry entrepreneurs within the value chain.

 

Over the next three years, a team of experts and volunteers led by CNFA will design and deliver an innovative training program for reducing aflatoxins and other contaminants in grain and maize to farmers and supply chain intermediaries. International experts in mycotoxin mitigation in crops have agreed to provide volunteer advisory services on this project. Through a train-the-trainer approach, the program will build the capacity of local associations and 150 local youth volunteers to train more than 20,000 smallholder farmers—including 40 percent women—increasing the sales of better quality maize and soybean by at least 17,000 metric tons annually. More than 200 for-profit private enterprises, such as farm service retailers, will also be trained and supported in improving their technologies and management practices. Empowerment of participants throughout the supply chain will create a culture of transparency and traceability, leading to decisions that ensure a high quality and safe product. The resulting increased grain and maize sales will boost incomes and help farmers and small business operators improve their livelihoods.

The team working with Nigerian farmers, agri-business intermediaries and sales agents will also include experts from Purdue University in the U.S. and Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies and Lifelong Learning in Nigeria.

USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin: “This public-private partnership supported by Feed the Future will help lift farmers out of poverty by sharing best practices in agriculture activities and focusing on value chains. Providing farmers and suppliers the knowledge and tools to improve their product will help them garner higher selling prices and increase household incomes. Investments in this program from Nestlé and through the in-kind contributions of volunteers really stretch U.S. taxpayer dollars and increase the return on investment.”

Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, CEO and managing director, Nestlé Nigeria: “This partnership will contribute to our efforts to increase the local sourcing of raw materials which is at 82% since 2016. In line with our commitment to Creating Shared Value, Nestlé is happy to work together with CNFA, USAID and VEGA to achieve our mutual objectives of helping to build thriving, resilient communities by improving the livelihoods of individuals and families with whom Nestlé lives and works. We are confident that this program will help to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.”

Sylvain Roy, CNFA president & CEO: “The new VEGA partnership will allow CNFA to apply our unique expertise in supporting smallholder farmers around the globe to improve our new beneficiaries’ capacity to supply processors—one of the fundamental linkages in the agricultural value chain. CNFA shares a commitment with our partners to building local technical expertise and capacity for sustainable impact and change, and we intend to leverage all of our capabilities—development, agriculture training, skilled volunteers and more—to ensure the success of this public-private partnership, and to empower smallholder farmers and business people along the supply chain—including women, youth and families.”

Michael Deal, president and CEO, VEGA: “VEGA is very pleased to have brought these partners together to create sustainable supply chain solutions to enhance the well-being of farmers, small business owners and families in Nigeria. This partnership serves as a model multi-stakeholder collaboration to leverage highly skilled volunteers to generate more prosperity and shared value for all partners. VEGA will continue to coordinate the collaboration of our partners and ensure rigorous results.”

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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. government development agency. USAID works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. U.S. foreign assistance furthers America’s interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. Nestlé has more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, and is present in 191 countries around the world. Nestlé’s purpose is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. The company wants to help shape a better and healthier world. Nestlé also wants to inspire people to live healthier lives. Creating Shared Value is how the company contributes to society while ensuring the long-term success of the business.
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.

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) is a consortium of 29 member organizations that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking more economic opportunities. VEGA is a consortium of non-governmental organizations that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking more economic opportunities. VEGA works with leading corporations, mission-driven nonprofits and USAID overseas missions to collectively address economic growth challenges. Since 2004, VEGA has administered 59 global development programs in 46 countries.

CNFA Elects Elin Miller as Chair

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Veteran Agricultural Businesswoman to Assume Helm of CNFA Board

Washington, D.C. – CNFA (Cultivating New Frontier in Agriculture), an international agricultural development organization, announced that farmer and businesswoman Elin Miller has been appointed to chair the CNFA Board of Directors. Miller was voted into the position with the unanimous support of board members following CNFA’s fall board meeting at its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Miller, who owns and manages the UmpquaNut hazelnut farm and Umpqua Vineyards in Oregon, replaces John J. Cavanaugh, an attorney and former U.S. Representative from Nebraska who has chaired the board since 2014. Cavanaugh will continue to serve as a member of the CNFA board.

“I am honored to have been able to contribute to the important advances that CNFA has made during my tenure,” said Cavanaugh. “I also am pleased to leave the chair in good hands. Elin brings CNFA a perfect balance of farming and corporate executive experience. I am confident she will provide the kind of high-quality, senior leadership required to further advance and expand CNFA’s enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives.”

CNFA works with businesses, foundations, governments and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food.

Miller formerly served in a number of top global leadership positions at Dow Chemical Co., including global vice president of public affairs, vice president of pest management, and vice president Asia Pacific. Among her government positions, Miller held an appointment as regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, with oversight of Alaska, Idaho, Washington and Oregon. She also has held numerous leadership positions on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations.

“Elin has gained valuable insights into CNFA’s goals both in the boardroom and on the ground,” said CNFA President and Chief Executive Officer Sylvain Roy. “Her decades of experience gained at the top levels of business and government—combined with her service as a CNFA board member and her volunteer work in the Farmer to Farmer Program—have prepared her with an excellent set of tools to ensure CNFA accomplishes its mission.”

“I would like to thank the board for entrusting me with a new role in CNFA’s efforts to improve livelihoods through agriculture,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with the board to build on CNFA’s successes, and to expand our growing portfolio of public-private partnerships.”

In addition to her farming business, Miller also advises major corporations, offering them high-level counseling in strategic planning, regulatory and public affairs strategy, and C-suite recruitment.

Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in agronomy and plant protection from the University of Arizona, and is a graduate of the INSEAD Advanced Management Program.

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 45 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.

For more information, visit www.CNFA.org.

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Phone: 202.296.3920

 

Ethiopia: USAID Hands Over Equipment Worth Nearly 18.4 Million ETB

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CNFA Names Tony L. Butler-Sims Vice President, Talent Engagement

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WASHINGTON DC: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international agricultural development organization, announced that Tony L. Butler-Sims has been promoted to Vice President – Talent Engagement.

In this role, Butler-Sims will partner with the organization’s leadership team and key stakeholders to develop and advance a values-driven workplace culture, address current talent requirements and forecast future talent needs.

“CNFA’s staff is our main asset in serving thousands of farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs around the world,” said CNFA President and Chief Executive Officer Sylvain Roy. “Tony’s appointment to this important position is another example of CNFA’s commitment to empowering its people so they can implement our projects in ways that generate effective results in project implementation.”

Butler-Sims joined CNFA in 2015 as Senior Director of Global Human Resources and Administration. In this role, he provided oversight of HR administration, training, career development, compensation and benefits management, talent management, employee relations and compliance, and served as human resources, administration and information technology staff team leader. Additionally, he also oversaw the safety and security function for CNFA’s global staff.

“Tony will play a key role in CNFA’s efforts to attract, recruit and retain top agricultural experts and project managers to fill our growing requirements as we expand our mission around the world,” Roy said. “I am confident he will continue to provide the kind of sophisticated human resources leadership and oversight we have come to expect from him during his tenure at CNFA.”

Prior to joining CNFA, Butler-Sims served as Director of Human Resources and Administration for Cardno Emerging Markets, where he was responsible for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Before that, he also served as Director of Labor and Employee Relations at MVM Inc., a federal government contractor in Northern Virginia; and as Assistant Director of Human Resources at the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Washington, D.C.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Butler-Sims holds a Masters of Business Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a Bachelors of Science from Central Texas College, and the designation of Senior Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resource Management.

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.