Agricultural solutions to end hunger and poverty

Fintrac is currently implementing 10 projects, three of which are DC-based, on three continents to improve incomes and food security for some of the world's most vulnerable populations. Our current projects are on target to impact the lives of more than one million people. Over the course of 20 years, Fintrac has contributed to the food security of nearly 5 million people. Explore the tabs to left to learn more about how we are achieving these results on the ground, around the globe. Click through our interactive map to learn more about and see photos from our current projects.


    Helping Address Rural Vulnerabilities and Ecosystem STability (Cambodia HARVEST)

    Cambodia HARVEST is a five-year integrated food security and climate change program that is reducing poverty and malnutrition by diversifying and increasing food production and improving incomes and diets for 70,000 rural households. The program develops sound, agricultural-focused solutions that improve productivity, reduce postharvest losses, and mitigate the effects of climate change. By 2015, Cambodia HARVEST will have benefited 140,000 Cambodians and generated $28 million in incremental sales.


    Capacity to Improve Agriculture and Food Security (CIAFS)

    USAID-CIAFS leverages 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 is working with key agents of change to raise awareness of international best practices and promote knowledge of policy alternatives that will empower public and private stakeholders to push for positive policy changes. The project also provides other Feed the Future projects in Ethiopia with coordination, analysis, and monitoring and evaluation support.



    USAID-ACCESO is working to lift 30,000 rural households out of poverty and malnutrition through access to economic development opportunities, including new markets and improved health and nutrition practices. The project is increasing sales and incomes by introducing good agricultural practices and market-driven production programs for cash and staple crops, as well as expanding off-farm microenterprise and employment opportunities. The project is also bringing land under improved agricultural and natural resource management practices, and reducing malnutrition for children under 5 years old.


  • Kenya Horticulture Competiveness Project (KHCP)

    Fintrac is increasing the adoption of productivity-enhancing technologies for high-value horticultural products; improving the ability of farmers to respond to market requirements; improving efficiencies at critical points in the value chain; boosting value addition; and building local capacity to produce and market high-quality horticulture products. Part of the Feed the Future initiative, USAID-KHCP will raise the incomes and food security for 200,000 smallholder farmers over the life of the project.

    USAID-KAVES is a food security project that will increase the productivity and incomes of 500,000 smallholder farmers and other actors across the strategic value chains of horticulture, dairy, and staple crops. The project will also foster the adoption of innovative technologies to improve nutrition at the rural household level, as well as increase the capacity of key stakeholders to ensure sustainable adoption of improved practices.


    Tanzania Agriculture Productivity Program (TAPP)

    USAID-TAPP is increasing commercial opportunities and food security for 19,000 poor and disenfranchised farmers, with a particular emphasis on women and youth. To reach this goal, the program introduces basic technologies and good agricultural practices, promotes crop and market diversification, and establishes a balance between nutrition enhancement and income generation for a variety of vegetables, fruits, and spices. TAPP also builds institutional capacity through commercial alliances and public-private partnerships.


    Zimbabwe Agricultural Income and Employment Development (Zim-AIED)

    Zim-AIED is increasing incomes, employment, and food security for 180,000 smallholder farmers. The program is focusing on six key agricultural components: horticulture; high-value crops; staple crops; irrigation infrastructure; processed products; and livestock. The program is commercializing smallholder agriculture by connecting farmers and businesses to lucrative markets; providing improved access to credit and finance; introducing new technologies; and targeting crops and varieties that maximize yields and incomes. By the program's end, agricultural sales will exceed $400 million; 30,000 smallholders and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) will have access to credit for the first time through a $10 million revolving credit fund; and 45,000 new jobs will be created.


    Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation

    Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation advances technology-centered partnerships for investment and distribution of agricultural innovations across the developing world. As part of the US government's Feed the Future initiative, its goal is to build public-private partnerships that move innovative technologies from labs to markets to farms. These partnerships are putting new technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers to quickly and sustainably improve productivity and incomes.

    Enabling Agricultural Trade (EAT)

    The Enabling Agricultural Trade project supports the US government's global efforts to create conditions for agricultural sector growth and productivity. The USAID-EAT project is 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 offers a suite of customizable analytical products for identifying, diagnosing, and addressing the policy and regulatory constraints to agricultural growth.

    Bellmon Estimation Studies for Title II (BEST)

    USAID's Office of Food for Peace awarded Fintrac a contract to standardize, streamline, and improve the analyses required by Congress for informing food assistance program design. USAID-BEST deploys teams of agricultural economists, market analysts, and food security experts to conduct in-depth assessments that analyze the impact of a food assistance program on a country's local economy. USAID-BEST analyses ensure food assistance programs do not create disincentives to local food production and marketing. The team has analyzed agricultural markets in more than two dozen countries such as Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, South Sudan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.