Within the context of donor programs such as USAID’s Feed the Future initiative or the U.K. Department for International Development-sponsored Making Markets Work for the Poor approach, we identify market opportunities and work with stakeholders to develop targeted, market-based solutions that reduce risks, upgrade production and marketing practices, and improve livelihoods for direct and indirect beneficiaries.
Food Security: We address food availability, access, utilization, and stability of access through several means, including conducting in-depth monitoring of livelihoods and nutrition for early warning, providing mechanisms for smallholder farmers to improve productivity, strengthening producer and trade associations’ ability to access and produce for high-value markets, and promoting behavior change that encourages households to improve their nutritional status.
Value Chain Upgrading: We facilitate technical assistance and innovative solutions throughout the value chain — from farm to fork — working with agribusinesses and service providers to deliver essential inputs, structure agriculture-specific financing mechanisms, and promote efficiencies and quality control in processing, packaging, storage, and transportation of farm goods.
Local Capacity Building: We work with organizational stakeholders, such as producers, processors, and trade associations, to build capacity for improved management, member service provision, and business development, including accessing donor funding.
Agriculture Markets: From market system analysis, including value chains and their broader context, to market information systems, grades and standards, and market linkage development, we provide expert advice and facilitate access to markets and appropriate technologies to ensure production is demand-driven and market-oriented.
Policy Analysis and Development: Chemonics works with agriculture stakeholders and policy makers to advance the understanding of policy issues and takes a tailored approach to improving the enabling environment for agribusiness around issues such as input supply, natural resource management, land tenure, sanitary and phytosanitary regulations, trade, and customs.
Land and Resource Rights:
Land tenure security enhances agricultural productivity, reduces food insecurity, and promotes sustainable management of soil, water, and other natural resources, by creating the preconditions for farmer investment, access to credit, and conservation.Learn more about our cross-cutting work in land and resource rights.