Press Release

CNFA Selected to Partner in Global Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Project

Part of the consortium selected by USAID to implement ELEVATE Nutrition

Washington, D.C.Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is part of the consortium that will implement Enhancing Local Efforts for Vital, Transformative, and Evidence-Based Nutrition (ELEVATE Nutrition), a five-year, $99.5 million cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The project will work to advance the implementation of multi-sectoral nutrition policies and programs that improve women and children’s nutrition, by sharing and facilitating the use of relevant learning and best practices between countries and key stakeholder groups. CNFA joins a consortium led by FHI 360 to implement the project, bringing technical leadership and expertise related to nutrition-sensitive agriculture, market development, food systems interactions, conservation and transformation of foods, food loss and waste management, and community resilience. It will assist in carrying out activities that contribute to these areas, including the development of resources that improve learning to enhance evidence-based implementation approaches and methodologies.

“ELEVATE Nutrition is essential to advancing the health and well-being of millions, ensuring food security and improved nutrition outcomes” said Sylvain Roy, CNFA president and CEO. “A multi-sectoral approach will lead to strengthening the local supply of and demand for nutritious foods –including from an agricultural, markets and food systems perspective, improving dietary diversity and building an enabling environment that works to prevent malnutrition.”

Under ELEVATE Nutrition, CNFA will support project strategies, which may include improving the production and marketing of nutritious foods, identifying innovative food transformation and conservation techniques, reducing food loss and waste, enhancing food safety, engaging the private sector, fostering climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive best practices and developing capacity building resources. ELEVATE Nutrition will also support multisector nutrition monitoring and evaluation, knowledge management and research for use by policymakers, implementing partners and communities at the country level.

Along with FHI 360, CNFA will be collaborating with Action Against Hunger, Bixal, Oxford Policy Management and GEMNet-Health to implement ELEVATE Nutrition.

The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.


About CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable, enterprise-based agricultural initiatives. We work with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity, and improve access to inputs and financing in 47 countries around the world.