USAID’s Livestock Market Development project is partnering with Project Mercy, a faith-based development and relief organization, to help improve the livelihoods and nutritional status of Ethiopians. Watch this short video to learn more about this partnership.
The USAID-supported Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development project kicked off a series of events known as “School Milk Days” aimed to increase the awareness and knowledge of school age children, parents and teachers about milk in Ethiopia. The project organized these events as part of a campaign to stress the nutrition and benefits of milk to normal growth and development.
CNFA produced a short video highlighting the United States Agency for International Development’s Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program. F2F promotes sustainable economic growth, food security, and agricultural development worldwide. CNFA currently implements the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Southern Africa.
2014 represented a significant year in the development of CNFA. During this past September, my colleagues gathered together with some of CNFA’s Board members to discuss and design our organization’s strategic plan for the next three years. This resulted in the creation of an ambitious Road Map to guide CNFA in better serving our beneficiaries, partners and employees. But most importantly, it reminded me and our entire staff of why we do what we do: to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers by helping them become more sustainable and economically viable.
And through my communication with colleagues located in 15 countries, as well as with our program partners, I see this happening every day. Through the USAID-funded Livestock Market Development project, our team is helping to improve the competitiveness of meat, live animal and dairy value chains in Ethiopia. We work with four local organizations that are at the frontline of project implementation, engaging with hundreds of beneficiaries daily. By working with local partners, we strengthen their capacity, which in return not only helps to better serve project beneficiaries but also helps the organizations become more sustainable. We support similar approaches in our other projects including the recently launched USAID-funded Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel – Accelerated Growth focused on strengthening market access for cow peas, small ruminants, and poultry in Niger and Burkina Faso. And through our USAID Food for Peace program in Zimbabwe, we partner with a local grassroots organization to improve the resilience of communities prone to shocks by implementing food for asset interventions and supporting early warning systems.
As we strive to maximize program impact for beneficiaries and continue to build stronger local and global partnerships, we place an equal importance on the development of our staff. We’ve added new resources and tools to help equip our staff to grow both personally and professionally. Our open-door office culture makes it easy for staff to communicate across all departments and management levels. But something that I’m particularly proud of is our staff’s role in CNFA’s large rebranding initiative.
Our new tagline, Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, came as an idea from a staff member who felt that this betpt>ter represents the work we do and our commitment to both our beneficiaries and partners. I couldn’t agree more. The tagline, along with our new logo, serves as another reminder of how we aim to be at the forefront of sustainable development and incorporate innovative and entrepreneurial interventions into our approach.
Together, with our employees and partners, I feel that we are well positioned to lead by example. While 2014 will be remembered as a year of significant growth and development for our organization, 2015 will mark our 30th year anniversary and will provide the chance to put our Road Map in action. On behalf of the entire organization, we look forward to working with you.
CNFA President & CEO
CNFA is changing the lives of rural households all over the world by helping them access the necessary tools and skills to improve their food security and incomes. In 2013, we helped pastoralists in Kenya access Sharia-compliant financing as a result of the creation of the Community Owned Financial Institution, a first of its kind specializing in livestock production. In Ukraine, CNFA provided voluntary technical assistance through the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program to increase the sales and net incomes for both dairy and crop production companies. More than $11 million in sales were generated by Egyptian olive farmers and processors as beneficiaries of our Zaytun Project. Women, like Abonesh Gulema, improved their business operations from attending a woman-focused entrepreneurship and leadership training as part of CNFA’s approach to bolster dairy production in Ethiopia. While our work is creating sustainable change for the lives of smallholder farmers and pastoralists, change is also happening at CNFA.
In 1985, CNFA was created to engage in the conversation of how the U.S. could improve global economic growth through agricultural programs in the developing world. Since its inception, two individuals have been integral in shaping the mission and guiding principles of CNFA: John H. Costello and John R. Block. Under the forward-thinking leadership of Mr. Costello, CNFA applied a market-driven approach to enhance food security and nutrition in emerging economies by leveraging the private sector to build enterprise-based agriculture systems. One of the first initiatives included the establishment of the Citizens Network Agribusiness Alliance (CNAA). Mr. Block helped spearhead this incredibly successful coalition of more than 220 U.S. food companies, agribusinesses, farm bureaus, banks, trade associations and universities eager to foster growth and build markets for U.S. agricultural products and goods. The CNAA worked in the former Soviet Union and Latin America to engineer innovative partnerships and advise lawmakers on both agricultural and trade policies. Building public-private partnerships is part of CNFA’s DNA in large part due to the vision and guidance of Mr. Costello and Mr. Block.
In 2014, both Mr. Costello and Mr. Block will step down from senior leadership roles. Mr. Block will resign after serving eight years as Chairman of CNFA’s Board of Directors and will remain on the CNFA Board. Mr. Costello will retire after dedicating 29 years of service to CNFA as its President and CEO and will also remain a Board member. While these two visionaries may be scaling back their direct responsibilities, their impact will continue to thrive under the leadership of Mr. Sylvain Roy, CNFA’s new President and CEO.
With more than 25 years of experience in managing international development programs, Mr. Roy joined CNFA in 2009 as Executive Vice President of Programs, overseeing a project portfolio initially valued at $75 million. As part of the executive team, CNFA’s project portfolio expanded to $150 million with programs in Africa, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. With Mr. Roy’s significant experience, coupled with his expertise in a large range of livestock and agricultural value chains, and a talented team the Board of Directors is confident that CNFA will continue to grow, empower rural farmers and implement life-changing programs.
Chairman, Board of Directors