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USAID-ASME increased market opportunities for private Armenian agribusinesses. Fintrac conducted market surveys and analyses across Asia, Europe, and the United States to identify locations where Armenian agricultural products could be sold competitively and developed strategies for clients to take advantage of these opportunities. Fintrac also provided agribusinesses with technical assistance in new product development and productivity.
Fintrac managed the market and technical information component of this project - publishing a bimonthly newsletter and a series of bulletins on marketing and postharvest handling of agricultural commodities. Fintrac also designed and maintained the award-winning USAID-RAP website and provided market intelligence to USAID Missions, projects, and counterpart organizations across Asia.
Cambodia HARVEST improved food security for more than 124,000 households, delivering hands-on technical assistance to smallholders working in rice, horticulture, and aquaculture. Program clients – 66 percent of whom were women and 33 percent youth – received training not just in production practices, but in postharvest value addition, business skills and marketing, natural resource management, and improved health and nutrition practices. Over the life of the program, new farm sales exceeded $40 million and agricultural-related businesses and suppliers generated $22 million in incremental sales. The program also focused on improving nutrition and hygiene for client households, training more than 158,000 men and women in basic nutrition practices such as growth monitoring and dietary diversity.
Fintrac assisted the government of Chad and the private sector to improve the efficiency of the agriculture marketing system. Fintrac provided in-country agribusiness seminars, conducted market intelligence training courses, and provided quick-response service for inquiries related to prices, trade data, postharvest requirements, and other market needs from farmers, processors, and exporters.
USAID-ACE worked to increase local grower share in the lucrative domestic market for high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Target crops included tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, garlic, carrots, and lettuce. Fintrac provided assistance in small-scale greenhouse technologies that helped producers increase the yields and quality of their crops.
This project promoted the growth of farmer associations and producer groups, especially those involved in the production of high-value horticultural produce for the export market. The project analyzed the potential for increased commercial aloe production and processing in Barbados, and accelerated the expansion of the florticulture industry through strengthened market linkages.
Fintrac provided technical assistance in product development, market information systems, postharvest handling, and association strengthening to improve the productivity and incomes of tropical produce farmers. An evaluation of beneficiaries showed that Fintrac interventions over the course of the project were among the best received and had the most positive impact.
Fintrac provided technical support in postharvest handling practices and market requirements for table grapes and vegetables destined for Europe and the Middle East. The improvements in table grape quality ultimately resulted in increased exports to these markets.
USAID-ADP increased the competitiveness of Salvadoran small and medium rural enterprises; improved field production and processing by introducing clients to productivity- and quality-enhancing technologies; promoted opportunities in high-value crops and value-added processing; and encouraged private investment in rural areas. The project generated more than $81 million in new agricultural sales and $6 million of new investment.
This program supported post-earthquake rehabilitation and the long-term development of the Salvadoran agribusiness sector. Farmers, processors, and service providers saw increases in yields, sales and incomes from the introduction of high-value crops using improved, sustainable technologies. Farmer incomes increased by more than 100 percent, generating close to 7,000 new jobs, and increasing incomes by $21 million.
USAID-ATEP increased productivity, sales, incomes, and employment in horticulture; coffee; hides, skins and leather; and oilseeds and pulses. The program addressed cross-cutting issues in health, particularly HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness and prevention; policy and organizational development; gender mainstreaming; and environmental management. ATEP reached more than 180,000 smallholders through alliances with public and private partners and a strong focus on improved agricultural practices. The program leveraged more than $14.7 million in new investment.
USAID-CIAFS leveraged successful innovations and best practices to address food security needs, identify constraints to growth, and build the capacity of key stakeholders in Ethiopia's agriculture sector. The project worked with key agents of change to raise awareness of international best practices and promote knowledge of policy alternatives to empower public and private stakeholders to push for positive policy changes. The project also provided coordination, analysis, and monitoring and evaluation support to other Feed the Future projects in Ethiopia.
USAID-SAVE was an agribusiness development project that assisted processing companies in improving market linkages. Fintrac provided clients with specialized support in assessing the international market for medicinal plants and extracts.
Fintrac established a market information system for the Federation of Associations of Ghanaian Exporters, as well as pre-audit assistance for Ghana's leading exporters of pineapples and vegetables in preparation for GLOBALGAP certification. As a result of this initiative, 10 exporters received GLOBALGAP certification - the first Ghanaian companies to achieve this - allowing them continued access to lucrative international markets.
Fintrac provided technical assistance in proper postharvest techniques such as improved drying methods and safe packing practices. Fintrac also supported the marketing component through the provision of market intelligence and developing linkages between Haitian producers and US buyers.
As a result of the earthquake in 2010 and the outpouring of donations, Fintrac received a small grant from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to establish a small irrigated vegetable program for 40 families in northern Haiti. As a result of this assistance, the families tripled their onion and pepper yields.
USAID-ACCESO worked with 165,000 men, women, and children to lift them out of poverty and malnutrition through access to economic development opportunities, including new markets and improved health and nutrition practices. The project helped clients generate nearly $40.5 million in new income by introducing good agricultural practices and market-driven production programs for cash and staple crops, as well as by expanding off-farm micro enterprise and employment opportunities. The prevalence of stunting and malnutrition among client children under the age of 5 decreased by roughly 40 percent.
This program included several USAID agreements that began with assistance to rural farming families in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. USAID-CDA provided technical assistance to client groups in marketing, production, postharvest handling, and processing. Other areas of assistance included business development services, logistics, environment, worker health, food safety, and access to finance. Total client sales increased from $27 to $45.8 million while employment increased by nearly 40 percent.
The MCC-funded EDA activity assisted more than 6,000 smallholder farmers in 16 departments to increase incomes through new and improved agricultural technologies. Smallholder farmers received assistance via partners and technicians trained in Fintrac's market-led extension methodology. EDA also focused on improving market logistics, postharvest handling, certification, and business development services. The activity increased each participating farmer's income by $2,000 per hectare.
USAID-RED transferred new technologies that increased the competitiveness of micro, small, and medium rural enterprises; boosted production and profitability; and expanded local and export sales. In total, USAID-RED generated more than $52 million in new sales and more than 5,800 jobs. Clients invested more than $24 million in production infrastructure and equipment.
Fintrac organized two highly successful conferences that focused on opportunities in fresh and processed fruits and vegetables and the use of botanicals in phytomedicines, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and dyes. The program also established an Agribusiness Information Center and trained staff in a wide variety of skills required for the complete functioning of an agricultural information system.
Fintrac provided training and technical support in project design, market analysis, web design, postharvest handling, and distribution. Outputs included the design and facilitation of in-country and US market analyses and online training for Indonesian associations and government agency staff; market observation tours to Japan, Taiwan, and the US; and publications of market surveys and postharvest guides for fruits, vegetables, and seafood.
USAID-REACT supported rural economic growth through environmentally-friendly agricultural development activities that included technical assistance, training, institutional support, and sustainable rural enterprise development. Fintrac oversaw all agribusiness activities for the program, including linking farmers who were using improved, sustainable technologies with wholesalers that supplied fresh produce to the island's supermarkets, hotels, and restaurant chains.
Fintrac oversaw the technical implementation of horticulture and poultry activities for USAID-JBRP, which helped Jamaican agribusinesses recover from the impact of Hurricane Ivan and improve their growth beyond pre-hurricane levels. During the program, nearly 11,500 grants were matched by in-kind investments in land preparation, improved seeds, seedling nurseries, drip irrigation, and integrated pest management systems. As a result, more than 2,000 farmers and SMEs improved their livelihoods, recovered their crops, and increased their incomes.
BizTech increased the productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness of a selected group of small- and medium-sized agricultural enterprises. The program also built the service capacity of the Jamaica Exporters' Association. After one year, 68 percent of the client companies reported improved sales performance and 41 percent reported increased productivity.
Fintrac delivered tailored, firm-level assistance to small- and medium-sized exporters in the processed food, crafts, apparel, and horticulture subsectors. Fintrac also designed and managed a revolving, sustainable loan mechanism that provided small- and medium-sized exporters with short-term financing for export-related initiatives.
USAID-KHCP realized a highly competitive, smallholder-based Kenyan horticulture industry through improved productivity, increased market access, greater sector capacity, and improved nutritional behaviors. This five-year program impacted 255,480 rural households across 22 counties in western and eastern Kenya. Target crops included passion fruit, banana, mango, sweet potato, potato, peas, and beans.
USAID-KHDP increased smallholder sales and incomes from the production and marketing of high-value horticultural products, which generated new opportunities and employment within the wider horticulture industry. Other achievements included provision of market development services, expanded use of environmentally-friendly and productivity-enhancing technologies, and promoting nutritional crops in food insecure communities. The project worked with more than 58,000 smallholders and expanded local and export sales by more than $50 million.
Fintrac provided technical assistance and overseas training in horticultural production, postharvest handling, agro-processing, institutional development, and export marketing to Kenya's agricultural exporters and industry stakeholders.
USAID-SEG supported production, processing, and trade in the agriculture subsectors of cereals, livestock, and alternative high-value commodities. Fintrac provided long- and short-term marketing assistance, established an agriculture information center, and trained counterparts to more effectively market targeted products locally, regionally, and internationally.
Fintrac provided a wide range of analyses to support market development activities, including short-term surveys on export opportunities for Moroccan products in the European markets; production and marketing of frozen and dried horticultural products; integrated production and processing of potatoes; and a North American buyer survey.
This activity focused on improving Nepal's economic foundations to promote rapid and sustained economic growth that will lessen the potential for conflict, reduce poverty, and improve lives. USAID-NEAT enhanced food security and increased incomes for targeted populations through increased production and productivity of staple food grains, horticulture products, livestock, and poultry. Under this activity, Fintrac spearheaded activities in food security, value chain development, and export competitiveness for key crops.
USAID-NFRP began as a flood relief program after the devastating floods of 2007 and 2008. The program helped communities increase farmer productivity and income; rehabilitate and develop small-scale infrastructure; and improve nutrition and health. USAID-NFRP ultimately helped beneficiary farmers increase net sales by nearly 800 percent. In addition, 132 infrastructure projects were completed, generating more than 171,000 person-days of employment and injecting more than $400,000 into local economies.
Fintrac, with funding from the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda, conducted a feasibility study and design for a horticulture cold storage facility at the international airport in Kigali, Rwanda.
Fintrac provided technical assistance on this agribusiness development project in the areas of production, postharvest, and marketing of non-traditional horticultural products (e.g. floral products, herbs, and spices) in addition to supporting improved greenhouse production of vegetable crops.
This project was aimed at increasing Sri Lankan horticultural exports to European, Middle Eastern, North American, and other Asian markets. Fintrac provided clients with market analyses, buyer linkages, commercial visits, and specifications for grades and standards and markets. Outputs included buyer identification, product development, and coordination of trial shipments.
USAID-TAPP increased smallholder incomes, improved nutrition, and expanded markets through agricultural innovation and commercialization. The program achieved average gross margins of $3,900 per hectare for 60,000 rural families (299,000 individuals); and supported establishment of 10,703 home and community gardens, providing technical support and education on how to grow and use nutritious foods, and worked through local organizations to provide cooking demonstrations for select foods.
The Tanzania Airfreight Project worked in conjunction with the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA), private-sector exporters, and government agencies to increase airfreight service through Kilimanjaro International Airport. TAHA, with support from USAID-TAP, established a grower-owned freight consolidation company that facilitated shipments to Europe. With support from TAP, nearly 1,000 tons of Tanzanian produce left from Kilimanjaro airport.
Fintrac collaborated with Agribusiness Management Associates (Uganda), Highlow Supermarket BV (Netherlands), Cordaid (Netherlands), and nine producer associations in the Kasese District to increase production and sales of vanilla and selected horticulture crops.
Fintrac managed the high-value agriculture component of this project, increasing productivity and trade by introducing more efficient production technologies; improving product quality and postharvest handling; and increasing market opportunities for products with strategic value. As a result, annual export sales of targeted high-value commodities increased from $9.5 million per year at project inception to more than $60 million per year at project end. Cumulatively, the Fintrac-managed component resulted in more than $165 million in new agricultural sales.
USAID-BEST had the sole mandate of providing objective and independent technical research on food assistance and agricultural markets to USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. USAID-BEST conducted research studies on agricultural markets and food assistance programs globally, and provided USAID with recommendations to inform the design of food security programs. The project produced more than six years’ worth of literature on food assistance and markets, which is now housed within USAID. USAID-BEST completed a total of 44 studies in 27 countries over the life of the project, conducting field research in the following countries: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
USAID-EAT supported the US government's global efforts to create conditions for agricultural sector growth and productivity. The project was based on substantial academic and field experience that suggests a sound legal, regulatory, and institutional environment is necessary for growth in the agricultural sector. USAID-EAT offered a suite of customizable analytical products for identifying, diagnosing, and addressing the policy and regulatory constraints to agricultural growth.
Zim-AIED increased household incomes, employment, and food security for more than 144,000 rural households over five years by commercializing smallholder agriculture. The program exceeded $300 million in overall sales, reached nearly 1 million tons in total production volume, and injected more than $15 million into the agricultural economy from a revolving credit fund. Average client incomes more than tripled from $483 to $1,162 per household - moving many to an emerging Zimbabwean middle class.
This 18-month program was designed to support commercial ventures that bring smallholder producers and investors together. The program increased annual incomes for 4,500 smallholders, increasing food production, and women's access to training and technology in the process. The program also promoted a mix of food and cash crops to balance the food security and income needs of local communities.

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