Beginning in March 2017, this program will increase exports sales through market linkages, increase producer sales by responding to market demand, and invest in rural infrastructure. Over five years of implementation, the program will improve competitiveness among producers in licit markets in areas plagued by illegal economies and underdevelopment. The program will increase incomes and employment opportunities for smallholder farmers, including female heads of household and members of minority ethnic groups, and support high-potential value chains, including cacao, specialty coffee, natural latex, tropical fruits and vegetables, and sustainable dairy production.
This newly-awarded activity will contribute to the government of Ethiopia’s objective of improving agricultural productivity and the commercialization of smallholder farmers through an inclusive approach that integrates nutrition-sensitive interventions and climate-smart agriculture with value chain development. The five-year program will work across key value chains of maize, coffee, chickpea, dairy, and livestock.
ACCESS to Markets is a five-year Feed the Future activity that is increasing agriculture sector growth and improving nutrition for 18,000 client households in the northern dry corridor. Highlights:
- Establishing market-driven production programs to match suppliers to local, regional, and international buyers, with a focus on higher-value and value-added crops. More than $8 million in farm sales have been generated to date.
- Facilitating access to a diverse and quality diet; promoting improved sanitation and hygiene practices; and working with partners to expand access to maternal and child health services.
This activity is employing a market-led approach to agricultural production to sustainably increase productivity and incomes in the southern dry corridor. Since May 2015, we have helped participating households and small businesses earn more than $8.6 million in new net income to invest in their homes, farms, and communities. Highlights:
- Generating $4.3 million in private sector investment, leading to sustainable increases in agricultural production.
- Reducing the prevalence of stunting and malnutrition by 25 percent among children under 5 years old by promoting improved sanitation and hygiene practices and access to diverse and quality food.
- Expanding the coverage of irrigation systems and access to potable water on 5,500 hectares of land, benefitting more than 20,000 people.
USAID-KAVES is a five-year food security project increasing the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers and other actors across the strategic value chains of horticulture, dairy, and staple crops. Highlights:
- Helping more than 332,000 smallholder farmers increase incomes while improving their households' nutrition, sanitation, and hygiene practices.
- Collaborating with 533 youth associations and 1,252 women’s groups to implement time-saving technologies, improve access to assets and inputs, and promote leadership.
This program, which began in January 2017, will increase the productivity and profitability of horticulture value chains, while integrating large numbers of women and youth. Over its four years of implementation, the program will benefit more than 40,000 rural families, which will include 60 percent women and 30 percent youth as activity beneficiaries. Mboga na Matunda will achieve its objectives by: scaling improved technologies and practices; scaling market system models that serve as platforms for technology expansion; and strengthening the overall capacity of the industry, including the enabling environment for incentivizing investments along the entire value chain.
The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security program is USAID's leading global technical assistance mechanism for addressing legal, institutional, and market constraints affecting food security. The program helps USAID Missions create more favorable legal and regulatory conditions to spur commercial and government investment in agriculture. Using state-of-the-art tools and evidence, the program helps USAID identify cost-effective and transformative opportunities to strengthen the agricultural enabling environment–a critical pillar for achieving the long-term inclusive and sustainable market development needed to accomplish the US government's Global Food Security Strategy.
By investing in agriculture and food companies looking to expand into new markets and incorporate small-scale farmers into their supply chains and customer base, FTF-P4I helps companies tap into a huge, underserved market in a way that benefits both the companies and smallholders. Highlights:
- Introducing more than 150 million disease-free shrimp to 3,000 Bangladeshi farmers through a partnership with Hawaii-based Moana Technologies.
- Supplying US grocery stores with high-quality cashews, while also improving income and employment opportunities for 3,200 Beninese cashew farmers thanks to a partnership with Maryland-based Tolaro Global, who invested in Benin's first cashew processing & packaging facility.
This program is increasing incomes and food security for 3,000 beef and 2,000 dairy smallholder producers; improving hygiene and nutrition; and building the capacity of local organizations. Highlights:
- To date, 3,593 rural households have benefited from program interventions. Beef households constituted 77 percent of the total number of beneficiaries while dairy households made up 23 percent.
- With increased accessed to banks, beef and dairy farmers are entering into productive and sustainable investments.
- The program has assisted farmers in preparing for artificial insemination, including identifying suitable cows or heifers, proper feeding, and constructing sound cattle handling facilities.
- Each beneficiary household will own at least 15-20 beef cattle by the close of the program, and the program will link farmers to local milk processors to facilitate formal sales.