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Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation

By building partnerships with private sector companies to help them sell goods and services to smallholders, Partnering for Innovation is changing the landscape for agricultural businesses in emerging markets and empowering the private sector to raise incomes and reduce hunger. We worked with 59 partners in 20 countries, investing more than $43 million in new technologies and services, leveraging nearly $100 million in private sector investment, and selling $99 million worth of products and services to 1.4 million smallholder farmers, enabling them to boost production, raise incomes, and increase food security. Learn more about our partners. Highlights to date:

  • Expanded smallholder farmers’ access to inputs by establishing three retail stores in Mozambique through a partnership with Tecnologia e Consultoria Agro-Pecuaria (TECAP) and selling $3 million in products and services through trained agents in regional hubs.
  • Introduced and sold more than $320,000 worth of biological control products to smallholders in Guatemala, reducing farmers’ reliance on harmful agrochemicals, and allowing them to meet export market requirements through a partnership with Popoyán.
  • Project Duration: 2012-2021
  • Value Chains: n/a
  • Regions: Worldwide

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security

The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security program is USAID's leading global technical assistance mechanism for addressing the legal, regulatory, and institutional constraints that affect agricultural market system performance, resilience, and food security. The program provides USAID Missions and implementing partners with the evidence base to facilitate more favorable operating conditions to spur private sector investment in agriculture across Feed the Future focus countries. Using tailored analytical tools, the program helps USAID identify cost-effective and transformative opportunities to strengthen the agricultural enabling environment and advance the US government's Global Food Security Strategy. To learn more, you may access our Agrilinks project page and two-page project overview.

  • Project Duration: 2015-2020
  • Value Chains: n/a
  • Regions: Worldwide

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.

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