About our Team
Fintrac has an in-house team of market analysts, business strategists, food security experts, and regulatory reform specialists that comprise our Food Analytics department. Our team has both deep experience in implementing short-term assignments for private-sector clients and practical experience working hands on with agribusinesses and farmers in emerging markets. Food Analytics provides adaptable, top-notch analytical resources to external clients and donors, and we can design customized analytical tools and methodologies to address specific client needs. We are deployable within short turnaround time of initial request and equipped to manage our own logistics. Contact us directly at email@example.com.
Technical Services & Products
Market and Value Chain Analysis
- In-depth or snapshot market analysis by crop, country, or region
- Value chain and market systems analysis
- Cross-border trade assessments
Food Security Analysis
- Food assistance and agricultural markets research
- Design of food assistance transfer modalities and local procurement programs
- In-depth or snapshot analysis of major food security constraints
Business Advisory Services
- Business and strategic planning
- Financial advice and investor partnering
- Supply chain and production distribution analysis
Enabling Environment Analysis
- Agribusiness enabling environment (AgBEE) analysis to inform governments or donors
- Benchmarking countries against competitors to highlight strengths and weaknesses in local systems
- Review of policies, laws, and institutions that govern the seed industry (SeedCLIR)
- Institutional Architecture assessments that map the institutional landscape and highlighting areas to improve the capacity of the policy change process
- Strengthening institutional capacity for implementation
Click on the links below to read briefs, written by in-house experts, on select subject matters relating to global agricultural development and food security.
- Translating Policies into Results for Agribusinesses: A Five-Step Model for Policy Reform
- International Food Assistance: A Primer
- Institutional Reform: Five Practical Actions to Improve the Implementation of National Agricultural Investment Plans
- Drip Irrigation Technologies: Lessons Learned when Working with Smallholders
Active and Recent Projects
Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security. The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security program is a global support mechanism for all Feed the Future focused and aligned Missions and other USAID offices and bureaus to address legal, institutional, and market constraints affecting food security. This demand-driven mechanism provides robust analysis, institutional capacity building, and strategic knowledge management services to create favorable conditions that enable inclusive agricultural growth, incentivize smart investment, and lead to improved nutrition outcomes.
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation. A USAID program that helps the private sector scale and market agricultural technologies for smallholder farmers through commercialization grants and knowledge exchange. The program also facilitates partnerships between USAID Missions and the private sector and provides business acceleration services and designs effective business development and engagement tools on its online community, the AgTechXChange.
ASEAN Mutual Recognition Models. Fintrac is leading a consulting assignment for Australia's DFAT and the ASEAN Secretariat to design a multilateral mutual recognition model for good agricultural practices. The model will expand trade in fruits, vegetables, fish, and poultry across the 10 ASEAN member states. The assignment includes a comprehensive assessment of existing standards and conformity assessment procedures across the member states; a market survey of food retailers in the region; a review of international best practices for mutual recognition; and three workshops with key players in the region's agriculture sector. Recommendations emerging from this assignment will streamline standards administration at the producer and port levels, and facilitate intra-regional trade in safe, fresh food for consumers.
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) in Niger. MCC hired Fintrac in 2015 to conduct an AgCLIR diagnostic to provide a comprehensive analysis of the legal, institutional, and social dynamics that support or inhibit business growth within the agricultural sector. The diagnostic focused on analyzing the enabling environment for agriculture and agribusiness. The assessment led to a series of additional assignments, including designing programs for business development services, livestock value chain interventions, and a matching grant/credit facility for the upcoming five-year compact between the governments of the US and Niger.
Ethiopia Commodity Assessment. In 2015, USAID/Ethiopia contracted Fintrac to conduct a thorough analysis of the USAID-funded Food for Peace Title II Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) implementing organizations. The assessment closely analyzed the management practices of the organizations to determine whether their food aid management and distribution systems were consistent with USAID regulations and guidelines, and in compliance with international best practices. After extensive research, interviews, and inspections, the team delivered a final assessment to USAID/Ethiopia for their use to guide future food aid programs.
Enabling Agricultural Trade (EAT). In 2010, USAID hired Fintrac to implement EAT, a global analytics project designed to identify and help address regulatory burdens affecting agricultural growth. Across nearly 40 countries, USAID-EAT helped donors and policymakers better identify these constraints and act on them through concrete, practical recommendations that improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector. EAT studies have been integrated into government strategy documents, bilateral and multilateral donor programs, and have served as benchmarks for regional regulatory reform initiatives.
USAID Bellmon Estimation Studies for Title II (BEST). The Fintrac-led USAID-BEST project (2008-2015) carried out country-wide assessments and market analyses to determine the appropriateness of different types of food assistance modalities and to provide recommendations to the USAID Office of Food for Peace. The research informed food assistance program design and focused on ways to ensure activities supported local markets and reached food security goals. Assessments included analysis of the local food security situation, social safety nets, dietary patterns, household economics, and staple food value chains. The project completed 44 such analyses in 27 countries.