2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

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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

2015 Brochure

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2013 Annual Report

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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

2012 Annual Report

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2012 Marked Significant Changes for CNFA. This year, we successfully completed programs in Georgia, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, having helped thousands of smallholder farmers overcome development challenges by teaching sustainable agriculture practices, facilitating access to finance and credit, and building networks of input retailers all around the world. By using market-driven solutions to achieve food security, CNFA builds the competitiveness of rural entrepreneurs by providing assistance at all steps along value chains.

In Georgia, we addressed the country’s severe shortage of agricultural machinery by using a combination of matching grants and private sector investment to establish 21 machinery service centers. This network generated almost $2 million in sales, increased annual incomes of small-scale farmers by more than $6 million and created 195 jobs. We improved smallholder productivity, incomes and livelihoods by building an enterprise-based network of agrodealers that serve as a one-stop shop for agricultural inputs and supplies in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. In Africa alone, CNFA has supported the development of more than 7,000 agrodealers, who have sold more than $170 million in goods and services to 3.2 million small scale rural producers over the last five years. In Ghana, we built the local capacity for smallholder cocoa producers by developing business centers to link cocoa producers to cocoa purchasers resulting in 12,000 farmers doubling both their yields and incomes.

2012 also marked the awarding of four new programs valued at $56 million in three new countries—Bangladesh, Ethiopia and South Sudan. In Ethiopia, we are applying our proven track record of market-driven value chain development to increase the competitiveness of selected livestock, meat and dairy value chains. CNFA’s second new program in Ethiopia is employing its Farm Service Center model as a platform for larger-scale, public-private partnerships to expand Ethiopian smallholders’ access to inputs, trainings and services. In Bangladesh, we are starting to build an agro-inputs retailer network which will serve 1 million smallholders and generate more than $100 million in sales. To help mitigate local conflicts in South Sudan, CNFA is developing a cattle identification and livestock ownership/registration system to help reduce both cattle raiding and sale of stolen cattle.

While 2012 may have been the year of change for CNFA, our priority of supporting the smallholder farmer remains constant. For 28 years, CNFA has actively engaged rural farmers and entrepreneurs in new income-generating activities of their own–enabling them to build brighter futures for themselves and their children. Though new development challenges continue to evolve, I am confident CNFA will remain at the forefront of helping rural farmers improve their livelihoods and in ultimately achieving global food security.

President and Chief Executive Officer, CNFA

2015 Fact Sheet (Français)

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2015 Fact Sheet (Español)

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2015 Fact Sheet (English)

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Smallholders’ Access to Fertilizers in Africa

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CNFA is part of the Smallholders’ Access to Fertilizers campaign, led by the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and seven other organizations to promote the importance of fertilizers in improving the productivity of smallholder farmers in Africa.