USAID Agriculture Program

USAID Agriculture Program

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The USAID Agriculture Program is a five-year, $18 million program that will accelerate the growth of agricultural sub-sectors that show strong potential to create jobs; increase incomes; and increase micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) revenues, including the production and processing of fruits, vegetables, herbs and other high value horticultural products.

The program has two primary components. Under the first component, the program will provide cost-share grants to producers, processors, cooperatives, service/information/extension providers, and associations that are designed to address identified gaps in value chains. Under the second component, the program will provide demand-driven technical assistance to grant beneficiaries and other enterprises in order to maximize the benefits of cost-share grants and address value chain gaps.

Program Approach:

  1. Increase productivity and productive capacity;
  2. Build capacity to add value through processing, storage, and other techniques
  3. Meet international standards and certifications;
  4. Strengthen linkages within agricultural value chains and to new markets; and
  5. Strengthen capacity of cooperatives, extension and other service providers, associations, and other relevant organizations.

Target Impact:

  1. 3,000 new full-time equivalent jobs created by program beneficiaries
  2. An increase in sales of $60 million by assisted enterprises, including a $20 million increase in sales to export markets/buyers and a $10 million increases in sales to new domestic markets/buyers;
  3. An increase of $10 million in locally produced raw materials by assisted enterprises or cooperatives;
  4. 100 enterprises, cooperatives or organizations to receive matching grants;
  5. 500 enterprises, cooperatives or organizations to receive technical assistance;
  6. 150,000 beneficiaries to participate in technical and/or business trainings provided by assisted enterprises, cooperatives or organizations; and
  7. $7.24 million leveraged from assisted enterprises, cooperatives and organizations.


South-East Europe Development (SEEDEV) – will identify and analyze specific product-market combinations for development and will work with the Project to develop targeted Value Chain Action Plans (VCAPs) and draw on its marketing contacts to facilitate introductions and linkages with key European Union (EU) and Gulf States buyers

World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) – will draw on links to leading global cold storage and logistics companies and a wide range of industry partners, to provide technical assistance in logistics, cold storage operation, and supply chain management activities.


Farmer-to-Farmer: Southern Africa

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With the goal of generating broad-based economic growth and food security, CNFA is implementing the U.S. Agency of International Development’s (USAID) Southern Africa Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program.

This five-year program (2018-2023) in Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and in the European country of Moldova posts mid-to senior-level U.S. volunteers to farmer groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions to promote sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production and marketing.

The volunteers are farmers, bankers, professors, civil servants, and active and retired entrepreneurs. Volunteer assignments last two to three weeks and focus on a range of topics, from training farmers associations in improved production techniques and post-harvest handling, to supporting a processing company to improve financial management and marketing. Before and during their assignments, CNFA volunteers are supported by our highly trained local staff with both technical skills and knowledge of the country partners.

Program Objectives:

The Farmer-to-Farmer program aims to:

  • Increase agricultural sector productivity and profitability: CNFA will promote adoption of innovative agricultural techniques and technologies and support improved marketing and business skills.
  • Improve conservation and sustainable use of environmental and natural resources: Foci will include integration of conservation agriculture and other practices to produce higher and more stable yields while reducing environmental degradation.
  • Expand agricultural sector access to financial services: CNFA’s efforts will strengthen financial management and business-planning skills of farmer organizations and agribusinesses.

CNFA will also support organization development by building local markets and networks, as well as encouraging partnerships with government and private-sector stakeholders.  Such institutions include farmer cooperatives and associations, local NGOs, industry associations, and agricultural universities.

Program Approach:

CNFA’s approach builds on continuous learning from the F2F program since its 1984 inception, and decades of experience in F2F implementation. In each country, focal value chains are first analyzed to identify critical leverage points for wide improvements in incomes and food security.

Our efforts will:

Maximize development impact by implementing market-driven country projects that address constraints in value chains, based on comprehensive market analyses.

Harness technology by promoting the incorporation of appropriate, innovative, climate-smart technologies that support more productive and profitable operations.

Empower women and youth by identifying labor-saving strategies and addressing their constraints. CNFA will pay particular attention to women- and youth-led organizations, female producer groups, and women-led processors.

Improve nutritional outcomes by supporting nutrient-rich value chains, particularly legumes, dairy, livestock, and aquaculture, and promoting the sale of these commodities in local markets.

Strengthen resilience to climate risks by facilitating adoption of improved climate-smart technologies and natural resource management techniques that improve soil health/fertility and reduce runoff, erosion, and dependency on chemical inputs.

Finally, our efforts will focus on controlling Fall Armyworm, a significant pest of diverse crops which has recently caused a great deal of devastation in Southern Africa.

Our Volunteers

CNFA recruits highly trained, exceptionally qualified volunteers – farmers, extension agents and business experts with years of experience in their respective fields – who give their time and energy to provide expert-level technical assistance to farmers and entrepreneurs. These volunteers work with agribusinesses, extension agencies, cooperatives, and farmers to provide their expertise on topics including crop production, post-harvest handling and marketing of seeds, cooperative and association development, business plan development, and financial management, among others.

To submit your CV to our volunteer database, please go to our recruitment pages {add as link]

Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity

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The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is a five-year, $32.6 million USAID-funded project that aims to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of women and children, and increase the resilience of Rwanda’s agricultural and food systems to a changing climate. Hinga Weze implements holistic interventions that target the interrelated issues of undernutrition, food insecurity and barriers to agricultural productivity by focusing on the sustainable intensification of Rwandan smallholder farming systems, with an emphasis on climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive approaches. Hinga Weze is utilizing innovative approaches to enhance the production of five value chains: high-iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize, and horticulture. By 2022, the project will have benefited over 700,000 smallholder farmers in ten target districts: Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero, Nyamasheke, and Karongi (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province).

Program Approach:

The Hinga Weze consortium includes a diverse group of both international and local Rwandan partner organizations, including Plan International, HarvestPlus, Souktel, Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) and the Imbaraga Farmers’ Federation. The project will achieve results by promoting household and community-level behavior changes through cost-effective interventions and a systems approach that prioritizes collaboration with stakeholders from the government, private and civil society sectors.

  1. Increasing agricultural productivity: Increases in agricultural production can lead to improved household consumption and dietary diversity that is critical to reducing undernutrition in Rwanda. Hinga Weze is focusing on interventions that support an integrated systems approach to agriculture productivity that follows the principles of sustainable land and water use, with particular attention to climate-smart technologies of relevance to Rwanda. This approach will contribute to the resilience of farming systems by improving water management, preventing soil erosion, and maximizing the effectiveness of input use through integrated soil fertility management.
  2. Expanding farmers’ access to markets: Access to markets is a key incentive for increasing productivity and provides additional avenues for farmers to boost their incomes. In order to enhance farmers’ competitiveness and expand access to markets, Hinga Weze is aiming to increase farmers’ access to post-harvest equipment and facilities, market information, and credit and financial services.
  3. Improving nutritional outcome of agriculture interventions: Increasing dietary diversity and ensuring the production of hygienic and safe foods is critical to addressing challenges with undernutrition and food security in Rwanda. Hinga Weze is focusing on strengthening the link between agriculture and nutrition activities, and ensures that activities have a distinct focus, aimed at improving the nutritional status in target communities and families. The nutrition component is reliant upon the other two approaches of increasing agricultural productivity and expanding access to markets in order to ensure the availability and accessibility of nutrient-rich food to increase dietary diversity.

Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity

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Côte D’Ivoire’s cocoa sector is valued at $3.58 billion annually. As the country’s number-one export and foreign exchange earner, it also represents more than one-third of the world’s cocoa supply. As a whole, the crop contributes to roughly 15 percent of the West African nation’s GDP.

Earnings from the cultivation and sale of cocoa support 3.5 million people in Côte d’Ivoire, including 600,000 smallholder farmers and their families. On average, these are producers who live on less than $2.00 per day and grow cocoa on small plots of between 2-5 ha with low or declining productivity.

These smallholder cocoa farmers have limited capacity to increase the amount of quality beans they can sell, which would otherwise be a viable means of increasing their income and improving their livelihoods. This is of great concern to the Government of Côte D’Ivoire, which is engaged in its own efforts to strengthen country-wide capacity to meet rising global demand and improve domestic processing operations. The Government currently maintains a goal of keeping 50% of cocoa processing in-country by 2020.

To support the cocoa sector in addressing these and other challenges, CNFA is implementing the three-year Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA).

This $14.6 million United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food for Progress activity focuses on increasing the productivity and efficiency of actors in the cocoa value chain. It also seeks to expand the trade of cocoa and cocoa products by improving the quality of crops on existing Government-designated farmland, all towards boosting farmers’ incomes from these high-value commodities.

Program Approach

MOCA will increase the productivity and efficiency of actors in the cocoa value chain by strengthening the capacity of cooperatives/producer groups, research institutions, input suppliers, and processors of cocoa.

Activities to improve and expand the trade of cocoa and cocoa products will focus on improving the overall quality of the crop, the processing and post-harvest handling techniques, and strengthening of the market linkages and organization of groups towards more adequately meeting existing market demand.

These activities will occur primarily in the cocoa belt region of Côte d’Ivoire. The project will target several groups of beneficiaries — government research and regulatory bodies working in the cocoa value chain; cooperatives and producer groups; input service providers; processors;  financial service providers; mobile network operators (MNOs); transporters and other value chain service actors.

Supporting Producer Groups & Cooperatives

MOCA will support farmer cooperatives in areas including governance, management practices, human resources, financial management, service delivery, external relations with input and service suppliers and buyers, and sustainability.

Working with Government & Institutions

The project will support Government institutions to expand research and propagation of disease-resistant and improved cocoa seeds and seedlings, as well as increase farmer access to these enhanced inputs through MOCA’s grant mechanism and technical assistance facility.

Providing Business Development Services (BDS)

MOCA will deliver BDS support to cocoa processors and businesses in rural and urban areas. It will target entrepreneurs who are or who would like to launch businesses along the value chain in cocoa grinding and processing, value addition, and pooled transportation.

Facilitating Agricultural Lending

The project will partner with banks and micro-finance institutions (MFIs) to increasing producers’ access to and use of mobile money, insurance, and credit services, as well as to pilot new financial services such as crop insurance and innovative delivery channels for cash and in-kind credit.

In-Kind Grants for Equipment and Inputs

Competitive, in-kind matching grants to cooperatives, producers, input supply professionals, and processors throughout the cocoa value chain – in the form of inputs and equipment – will complement research and adoption of improved productivity and post-harvest handling practices.

Developing  Agrodealers & Input suppliers

MOCA will train and establish a network of “spray-service professionals” (SSPs) — mostly male youth engaged in cocoa productivity — who will provide affordable fee-based services, facilitated

by cooperatives, for other producers.

Training on Improved Production Techniques

MOCA will develop and lead a pilot program to regenerate plantations for cocoa producers (individuals) in the cocoa belt region, prioritizing applications from women and youth.

Facilitate Buyer-Seller Relationships

Finally, the project will improve market access by targeting support to unorganized farmers, associations, and cooperatives that do not currently have formal relationships with exporters and facilitate linkages with reputable cocoa processors and buyers.

Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement Partnership

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The three-year Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestle Maize Quality Improvement Partnership will enhance the quality and safety of maize and soybeans available to Nestlé while supporting USAID’s goals of revitalizing Nigeria’s agriculture sector and improving health and nutrition along these cereal value chains.

Starting in June 2017 and scheduled to close in May 2020, the $1.9 million program will improve the agricultural practices of over 20,000 smallholder farmers—more than 8,000 of whom are women—in order to supply Nestlé with at least 11,000 MT of maize and 6,000 MT of soybeans that meet or exceed its grains-reception criteria. In doing so, the partnership will enhance relationships along both the maize and soybean supply chains, increase farmers’ sales of maize and soybeans, and improve the health of rural communities by promoting the consumption of safer products.

CNFA will work to leverage the strengths of its partners for the realization of a healthier and more food secure Nigeria by collaborating with education, research, and development partners, including Purdue University and the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA).

Program Approach:

CNFA will utilize a whole-of-supply-chain approach to enhance the quality, safety, and transparency of the Nestlé supply chain in alignment with its “shared value” approach.

The Partnership’s two main components are as follows:

  1. Capacity Building of Smallholder Farmer Suppliers: To catalyze better conduct and performance in the maize and soybean value chains in Kaduna State, our activities will focus on the three main stakeholder groups within the maize and soy supply chains: smallholder farmers, intermediaries, and input retailers. CNFA will design and deliver a customized Afla-GAP Training program for these key supply chain actors that increase knowledge and skills, alongside the catalyzation and facilitation of communications, relationship-building, and knowledge-sharing across complex groups of beneficiaries.
  2. Capacity Building of Local Organizations: With the support of the youth from the Nigeria Youth Service Corps program, M-QIP will catalog and map the many associations and cooperatives that play a role in improving the yield and product quality of smallholder farmers in the maize and soybean growing regions and along market routes, overlaying Nestlé current sourcing areas and storage networks to identify the organizations most useful to achieving M-QIP’s objectives. Through this process, CNFA will kick-start and sustain engagement with the M-QIP program with all stakeholders, including Nestlé corporate employees, farmers’ associations, government extension service providers, and community leaders.


Feed the Future Guinea Strengthening Agriculture Value Chains and Youth

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In late 2016, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) and USAID formally launched the Feed the Future Strengthening Agriculture Value Chains and Youth (SAVY) Program in Guinea.

SAVY aims to improve input supply services, increase financial inclusion, and facilitate thriving markets, while building the capacity of the next generation of Guinean agro-entrepreneurs to sustain a commercialized, productive, and profitable agriculture sector.  Our work will facilitate improved agricultural inputs and credit tools, and increased market information and flows along the rice, horticulture, and livestock value chains in Guinea.

To achieve program results and maximize impact and reach, CNFA will collaborate with the Strengthening Market-led Agricultural Research, Technology, and Education (SMARTE) program implemented by Winrock International (Winrock). Together, these programs will implement complementary activities, manage the AVENIR program (see program approach below), and report on identical indicators. CNFA will work with a variety of local and international partners to increase program successes. World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO), as an implementing partner, will carry out the initial assessment of slaughterhouses and cold chain warehouses in the program’s Zones of Influence (ZOI). Enclude Inc. will conduct an assessment of Guinea’s financial sector, focusing on the availability of and demand for agricultural lending products, supply of financial products and services, and information and communication technologies (ICT) applications to financial services.

This consortium will leverage its core technologies, networks, and capabilities to provide innovative solutions to current problems.

Program Approach:

CNFA and Winrock have designed the AVENIR program as the core of SAVY and SMARTE activities. It will prepare entrepreneurial and ambitious young men and women to become successful entrepreneurs and change agents in a competitive agricultural sector characterized by strong, market-driven value chains and inclusive economic growth. SAVY will embed youth with private-sector hosts for 8 months of mentoring and on-the-job training: businesses and organizations, such as input suppliers and other agribusinesses along the length of the value chains targeted by USAID; farmers’ unions and confederations, finance institutions, and mobile network operators. In turn, these hosts will benefit from the free labor and services that youth provide, as well as from the short-term technical assistance (STTA) of SAVY staff and F2F volunteer consultants. The trainees will complete capstone projects that are eligible for prizes at the end of each cohort. Award ceremonies will promote linkages with partners, investors, and employers, and will potentially contribute to launching and scaling new agribusinesses.

CNFA will adopt its agrodealer certification model to Guinea. This mechanism has proven itself capable of creating strong networks of agrodealers that improve access to and use of quality inputs, and advocate for agricultural policies in their common interest. In addition, it promotes better business management skills and takes a facilitative approach by training agrodealers as trainers of trainers to become leaders and models for their communities.

These and all other program activities rest on four pillars: human and institutional capacity development (HICD), a focus on entrepreneurship; women’s empowerment; and collaboration. In addition, CNFA proposes a geographically tailored approach to implementation in two corridors within the FTF ZOI. Activities that improve supply services, enable financial inclusion, and facilitate markets will build out from more developed commercial systems and farming structures in the Kindia–Mamou–Labé corridor, and will focus on production-level support and new private-sector investments in the less developed and commercialized Mamou–Faranah corridor.

Four Pillars of the SAVY Program:

  1. Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD). The project will develop and deliver a range of trainings that support SAVY activities. The AVENIR program will engage the private sector and agricultural organizations in building the capacity of young entrepreneurs, while project staff, F2F volunteers consultants, and trainees provide HICD services that strengthen business plans, financial statements, credit applications, and inventory systems, and advance more efficient and competitive input supply, production, aggregation, post-harvest handling, storage, processing, marketing, and other value-chain activities.
  2. A Focus on Entrepreneurship. Guinea’s agricultural sector has relied on government handouts or subsidized products that distort the market and prevent competitiveness. Instead, SAVY will focus on the private sector and entrepreneurship as drivers of sustained economic growth. Activities aim to increase positive risk-taking; increase use of mobile money and access to and use of affordable credit tools; and facilitate new market linkages
  3. Women’s Empowerment. SAVY activities will reflect the seminal role of women in the sector, particularly in horticulture and livestock value chains, and in processing and market activities. The project will work to mitigate additional constraints faced by women and female youth, such as limited access to and understanding of credit, heavier work burdens, and limited ability to make decisions about agricultural production, expenditures, and division of land parcels.
  4. Collaboration. CNFA will collaborate closely with the SMARTE program, particularly on the training and management of Guinea youth and on monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The project will collaborate with the U.S. Peace Corps, where feasible, with its current and former volunteers, and with a large number of local actors, including agribusinesses, farmer organizations, and financial service providers. Activities will leverage Africa Lead II as well as policy and nutrition projects funded by USAID and other donors, and will build on successes and lessons learned—for example, the efforts of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to strengthen input supply, producer organizations, and financial services for the agriculture sector. With USAID approval, SAVY will establish a shared website with SMARTE to promote wider information sharing, collaboration, and recruitment of trainees.

Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity

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In West Africa, CNFA adapts its result-driven model to execute the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA), an initiative by USAID’s Feed-the-Future program. Started in December 2015, LADA aims to increase incomes of smallholder farmers and entrepreneurs throughout Liberia. By close of the project in December 2020, our work will have expanded access to and use of agricultural inputs, improved post-harvest activities, and streamlined high-potential agricultural value chains.

CNFA will work with a variety of local and international partners to increase Liberian farmer’s incomes. Technology partners will design customized, mobile-based solutions to connect farmers, agro-dealers, and entrepreneurs, and will develop a web of market information and digital finance services (DFS). CNFA will work in tandem with the Business Start-Up Center Monrovia’s network to reach producers, agro-dealers, processors, marketers and investors. The Global Cold Chain Alliance will support LADA by exploring Liberia-appropriate cold chain technologies.

This consortium will leverage its core technologies, networks, and capabilities to provide innovative solutions to current problems.

Program Approach:

LADA uses a result-driven and sustainable approach to increase private sector investment in agricultural input systems, post-harvest handling, transport, and processing activities, and to strengthen the market environment with information, advocacy, and support. Our five main activities are:

  1. Making smallholders better-informed decision-makers for production, processing and marketing processes through value chain gap analyses. These will highlight potential interventions along the value chains with the greatest potential;
  2. Establishing 24 different aggregation clusters across the country: This process will focus on selecting appropriate agribusinesses, sustainable and transparent cooperatives, and established agro-dealers and then linking these actors together through specialized trainings and certifications;
  3. Training farmers with technical demonstrations, including choosing improved seed varieties, the timely application of fertilizer, assessing the quality of inputs, and meet-and-greets with local agro-dealers. Agro-dealers will be trained in the use of hand-held and mechanized seeders, deep placement of fertilizers, and mechanized technologies;
  4. Managing a credit guarantee facility to catalyze the extension of credit by supply companies and financial institutions to agro dealers by mitigating the high risk associated with agricultural lending. Another financial tool, the Agribusiness Investment Network (AIN), will be housed in BSC Monrovia, in order to provide a platform through which agricultural/agribusiness agents, NGO’s, and financial institutions can interact;
  5. Increasing access to market information and DFS: Enclude, a CNFA partner, will explore the development of a DFS product portfolio, delivery channels, and risk management mechanisms for LADA. Needs-based segmentation will then be used to cluster similar farmers around aggregators and to develop market-led financial products and delivery systems.  This activity will be intertwined with the AIN to provide a virtual platform to enhance network services.

Cross-cutting Issues:

  • CLA: The CLA approach ensures that learning accompanies implementation, best practices are identified and incorporated, synergies are maximized, promising new approaches are tested, and that all levels of experience and learning are shared;
  • Youth: LADA will target youth in the project’s agro-dealer development interventions and will link smallholder farming youth groups to aggregators and buyers;
  • Gender: CNFA will employ a full-time Gender Specialist to map gender roles within the targeted value chains, with a focus on the decision-making power of women and men, ascertain gender roles, and examine issues related to women’s time, workloads, access to information and control over resources;
  • Social Capital: Building trust and collaboration, two drivers of social and economic development, is a CNFA priority for LADA. Our focus will be developing men, women, and youth as producers, suppliers, processors, and other agribusiness owners along the value chains.

Georgia Hazelnut Improvement Project

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The Georgia Hazelnut Improvement Project (G-HIP) is a five-year Global Development Alliance (GDA), implemented by USAID, Ferrero, and CNFA. This dynamic approach to development leverages the technical and financial resources of each partner to increase sustainable capacity and broaden, deepen, and advance public and private sector development of the hazelnut industry in Georgia.

Hazelnuts are a major agricultural product for Georgia, representing Georgia’s largest agricultural export by value. Currently, Georgia is the fourth largest producer of hazelnuts worldwide, and supports the livelihoods of more than 50,000 growers and 30 processors. Yet, due to inconsistent quality and lack of market distinction, Georgian hazelnuts often sell at a discount to neighboring Turkish hazelnuts, resulting in lower prices and reduced profitability.

The Alliance will transform and streamline the hazelnut value chain where mutual interests in the quality production of hazelnuts will incentivize growers and processors to produce and export high quality “Georgian” hazelnuts. The vision for G-HIP is that by 2020, the Alliance will have supported the hazelnut value chain to establish two sustainable associations that assist growers and processors in exporting high quality, dried, traceable hazelnuts that sell at a premium to international buyers, improving the economic livelihoods of more than 50,000 hazelnut growers.

Program Approach:

  1. Association Development: Training and capacity building will serve as the lynchpin of all G-HIP activities. Through organizational management, production and post-harvest training for  the Georgian Hazelnut Growers Association (GHGA) and the Hazelnut Exporters and Processors Association (HEPA), and technical training for husking/drying/storage (HDS) operators, G-HIP will strengthen the capacity of the existing infrastructure and maximize impact in the sector.
  2. Increased Productivity and Competitiveness, Post-harvest Handling: Many farmers have traditionally been paid based on the weight of their harvest. As a result, inefficient incentives exist for farmers to harvest their crop early when the hazelnuts are moist and heavier in weight, even though this is detrimental to the quality of the harvest. G-HIP will implement a number of activities to mitigate inefficient value chain dynamics including the introduction of a post-harvest quality incentive system, technology upgrades to post-harvest  infrastructure,  as well as improving access to finance for value chain stakeholders. G-HIP will also assist GHGA to conduct trainings for its members in production technology, improve current soil testing activities for producers, and support improved access to finance for producers’ input purchases.
  3. Infrastructure Development and Marketing: To expand export marketing opportunities for Georgian hazelnuts, GHGA has already initiated several efforts to improve traceability and widen the use of soil testing to enhance hazelnut quality along the value chain. This includes the use of traceability software to track real-time production data of its grower members which is linked with increased adoption of soil testing to enhance the productivity of hazelnut growers. G-HIP will expand the use of state-of-the-art traceability software for GHGA and its members and utilize the same software to track data obtained through soil testing. G-HIP will seek to link hazelnut processors directly to GHGA grower groups, working with GHGA and HEPA to conduct Business to Business (B2B) forums, facilitating linkages and improving growers’ knowledge of market requirements. These B2B events will also be used as a forum to  provide targeted training  on traceability and quality-based pricing systems, as well as to introduce growers and processors to sources of commercial finance.

The Alliance anticipates substantial developments in the hazelnut sector in Georgia. For more information, please contact the team at

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Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support

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CNFA implements the Feed the Future Egypt Food Security and Agribusiness Support project funded by USAID through the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), scheduled to end in 2020. The project increases incomes and improves food security for at least 14,000 Upper Egyptian smallholder farmers across seven focal governorates – including Beni-Suef, Menia, Assiut, Sohag, Qena, Luxor, and Aswan.

Over the course of five years, the project will demonstrate that it is economically and socially feasible to achieve sustained growth in the region through an agricultural value chain approach. This approach will improve horticulture productivity, access to markets, value-adding activities, and commercial linkages with input and service suppliers. Inclusive growth in the agricultural sector will increase incomes to smallholder farmers, leading to improved health and educational opportunities for women and youth as well as higher household purchasing power.

The market-driven approach of the project is supported by four interrelated components: 1) improved on-farm production, 2) more efficient post-harvest processes, 3) improved marketing of agriculture crops and products, and 4) improved nutritional status, especially for women and children.  In addition to the major components, there are also a number of supporting cross cutting themes including systems strengthening for input suppliers; agriculture processors and support services; a focus on end markets and demand; an understanding of the role of value chain governance; a market systems perspective; recognition of the importance of inter-firm relationships and stakeholder participation; policy and enabling environment; gender inclusivity; and leveraging proven ICT capabilities to bring interventions to scale.

Expected Impact

  • $5.75 million in matching grants disbursed leveraging at least $2.6 million in private matching investment
  • A 12% annualized increase in incomes in net present value for over 14,000 horticulture-based smallholder farmers
  • Up to 50% of increased yields of selected horticulture crops
  • The introduction of 350 new contracts between horticulture smallholder farmers and market channels
  • More than $1.5 million of new investment in women-owned agribusinesses and more than 50 Upper Egyptian agribusinesses adopting policies that promote inclusion of married women in the workplace
  • Upwards of 36,000 farm families benefiting from nutrition-sensitive messaging