At Chemonics, we are committed to working together to find and implement innovative projects that achieve development impact. That’s why we build strategic partnerships that promote agricultural development, economic growth, and food security. As a result, local communities are able to enhance resiliency, increase incomes, and improve nutrition. Our projects address food security for vulnerable populations, ensure improved livelihoods for smallholder farmers, and provide stable access to nutritious food. Our successes are rooted in technical and innovative approaches. We’ve connected rural farmers with mobile banking services, and we’ve identified and supported local agriculture luminaries to guide sustainable improvements throughout the sector.
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Empowering Women in Rural Khatlon, Tajikistan
The Feed the Future Tajikistan Land Market Development Activity seeks to improve the status of rural women in society by increasing the number of women heads of farms.
Farming Communities in Georgia
The USAID New Economic Opportunities project provided emergency relief to Georgian farmers affected by severe hailstorms and flooding . The project provided aid through animal feeding blocks, seedlings, and structure rehabilitation.
How do you transform agriculture in a country the size of Nigeria? A pioneering USAID project is paving the way with a private sector approach.
Agrikool Career Exhibition in Uganda
To expose Uganda’s growing youth population to agricultural career opportunities, Chemonics’ USAID Feed the Future Youth Leadership for Agriculture activity hosted a full-day agricultural career exhibition for more than 1,800 youth.
Growing Gold on Trees
With help from USAID, Pakistani farmers were able to increase the quality of their mango crops and receive the certification necessary to sell to international markets.
Berry Production in Bosnia
With assistance from the USAID and Sida joint Fostering Agriculture Markets Activity project, Amra Ugarak was able to start a berry production business and provide a better life for her family in Bosnia.
Interview with Eduard Shermadini
New Economic Opportunities' agricultural value chain initiatives along administrative boundary lines in Georgia can foster rural development and create local jobs.
Strengthening Lebanon’s Rural Economies
The Lebanon Agriculture and Rural Empowerment activity unlocks the potential of agriculture and rural economies in Lebanon through using a market systems approach.
Supporting Innovations for a Sustainable Soy Supply Chain
The Land Innovation Fund for Sustainable Livelihoods supports innovations that will make the soy supply chain sustainable and deforestation-free.
Sowing Stronger Markets in Kyrgyzstan
With stronger markets in place, Kyrgyzstan’s agricultural-led economy can flourish.
Farming for Food Security in Zimbabwe
Food security in Zimbabwe depends on an investment in farming households.
A Fruitful Future for Bangladesh
Healthy market systems in Bangladesh can help agribusinesses flourish while sowing the seeds for food security.
Sprouting Opportunities in Rural Ukraine
Economic opportunities are cropping up for agricultural businesses in rural Ukraine.
Protecting Food Value Chains Across Africa
Aflasafe is a solution that reduces poisonous Aflatoxin levels in staple crops. Its commercialization improves food security and promotes resilience.
Supporting the Peruvian Government to Promote Alternatives to Coca
Peru is making significant strides in reducing coca production in rural communities. Yet, solidifying these gains and helping increase effective state presence and viable economic opportunities is still a major challenge.
Establishing a Land Market in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is pursuing its next stage in land reform: establishing a land market to ensure the orderly transfer of land rights.
Accelerating Agricultural Growth in Pakistan
In the most populated region in Pakistan, new policy and investment is giving a boost to agribusinesses and creating economic growth.
Creating Economic Growth in Haiti
Investing in Haiti's agriculture sector helped to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprises.
Transforming the Nigerian Agriculture Sector
Nigerians who farm for a living often face low harvests and sales, which threatens the population’s livelihoods, access to food, and health.
Energizing Farming and Agribusiness in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aiming to enter the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina must improve the economic value of the agriculture sector.
Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Moldova’s agriculture sector has a promising future, but to become more competitive and achieve its full potential, the country needs systematic support.
Unlocking Ukraine’s Agricultural Potential
With better policies, Ukraine can leverage its agriculture sector to get the most out of its arable land while supporting its more than 4 million smallholder farmers.
Creating Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture
Uganda, which has the second-youngest population in the world, is creating economic opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector.
Breaking Down Barriers to Agribusiness in Uganda
In Uganda, where half of all exports are agricultural, crop yields are low, but the public and private sectors are collaborating to improve agricultural production and make it easier for farmers to do business.
Strengthening Maize, Bean, and Coffee Value Chains in Uganda
Although the vast majority of Ugandans earn their incomes from farming, the sector only generates about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Improved Livelihoods and Nutrition in Tajikistan
To address widespread nutrition deficiencies and food insecurity, smallholder farmers in Tajikistan must increase, diversify, and add value to their agricultural production.
Stronger and Healthier Households in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers are getting linked with buyers, financing, training, and inputs to sustainably increase incomes and improve nutrition in an effort to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Promoting Agricultural Growth in Ukraine
A vital part of Ukraine’s economy, the agriculture sector required systematic attention and strengthening.
Changing Lives in Haiti Through Agriculture
Sixty percent of people in Haiti rely on the agriculture sector to survive, and although crop yields are still extremely low by international standards, progress is being made.
Changing Agriculture Policy in Ghana
In Ghana, policymakers want to improve the agricultural sector, but first they must identify and implement the correct policy reforms to achieve that goal.
Playing Matchmaker for Farmers and Buyers in Georgia
Georgian farmers struggled to sell crops to large-scale buyers. But a new matchmaking app connects farmers to buyers in the hospitality industry for bountiful results.
Empowered to Thrive in Tajikistan
The success of female farmers in Tajikistan starts with a culture of collaborating, learning, and adapting.
A Dairy Revival in Ukraine
With enhanced access to laboratory, veterinary, and education services, Ukraine’s smallholder dairy farmers are elevating the quality of their products and tapping new markets.
Securing Her Land Rights in Tajikistan
With one project’s support, 25-year-old farm owner Salomat Chorieva overcame social and administrative barriers to land registration in Tajikistan, taking ownership of her rights.
Train a Woman, Train a Nation
A new approach to training farmers is creating jobs and increasing harvests in Uganda.
A New Agricultural Extension Policy Takes Root in Uganda
When a farmer’s crop is being destroyed by pests or contaminated after harvest, who can she turn to for help? In Uganda, extension agents are becoming better prepared to provide farmers with answers.
Better Data for Better Farms in Ghana
A new real-time data survey system is helping Ghanaian policymakers make more strategic decisions that will benefit the agriculture sector as a whole.
Radio Broadcasts for Agricultural Reform in Ghana
Through the Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project, radio broadcasts empower Ghanaian farmers to advocate for agricultural reforms and engage district-level public officials.
Three Million Trees in Haiti
On Earth Day, the Feed the Future Haiti Chanje Lavi Plantè project kicked off a tree-planting campaign to protect hillsides from erosion and safeguard farmers’ livelihoods.
A New Spin on an Old Crop
Farmers in Sri Lanka are using new techniques to revive chili production and promote economic and financial stability in the Anuradhapura District.
Expanding Access to Water in Haiti
USAID and the Haitian government are partnering to help farmers increase their crop yields through better access to irrigation.
Teaching Modern Methods in Tajikistan
Farmers in Tajikistan are improving their livelihoods by learning about and applying modern agricultural methods to their fruit orchards.
Top Leaders Join Together in Uganda
In Uganda, public, private, and civil sector leaders are teaming up to tackle obstacles hindering the agriculture sector’s growth.
The Cost of Not Adapting
A recent assessment of the economic impact of climate change in Indonesia highlighted the major environmental, economic, and health challenges that the country will face from now to 2050.
Nurturing Youth Agripreneurship in Uganda
During an agricultural career exhibition organized by and for youth in Uganda, future agripreneurs, farmers, and agribusiness professionals learned to harness the wide variety of professional development opportunities in the sector.
Empowering Nigeria’s Farmers
In Nigeria, a training approach that integrates agronomic and business management best practices is boosting yields, increasing incomes, and empowering farmers.
Protecting Farmers Through Safe Pesticide Use in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers commonly use pesticides incorrectly, which puts them at risk. New posters are teaching farmers important messages about pesticide safety.
Strengthening the Moldovan Wine Sector from Grape to Glass
The Moldovan wine sector is attracting more foreign investment and becoming more competitive on the international market, thanks to improvements in regulation, quality, and promotion strategies.
Introducing Innovative Agricultural Methods in Sri Lanka
New technologies and training are helping farmers in northern and eastern Sri Lanka apply innovative agricultural methods to increase their productivity and market competitiveness.
Cheese Producers Find Recipe for Success in Bosnia and Herzegovina
FARMA has helped cheese producers in Bosnia and Herzegovina expand their businesses and win international recognition, improving incomes for dairy farmers.
Accessing Her Rights
Female farmers in Tajikistan are taking advantage of changes in the law to create their own private farms, with the support of Chemonics and USAID.
Improving Soil Health
Using conservation agriculture and technology, the Feed the Future Commodity Production and Marketing Activity in Uganda is helping farmers improve yields and increase incomes.
Healthier Futures in Nigeria
Chemonics and USAID are teaching rural households in Nigeria how to grow, sell, and combine nutritious crops into healthier meals.
Empowering Farmers, Improving Food Security in Tajikistan
Recent legislation and trainings in Tajikistan are teaching local officials how to implement land reform and helping farmers to protect their property rights.
From Billions to Trillions: Using Blended Finance for Scaling Impact in Climate and Health
The following blog post introduces Chemonics’ recently launched Blended Finance Technical Briefs series. Each explores a different development sector as it intersects with blended finance and impact investing, including agricultural finance, gender lens investing, healthcare services, health supply chains, and sustainable landscapes. With private capital outpacing traditional donor assistance, the devastating impact of the COVID-19…
Chemonics, Vkursi Agro Earn Top Honors at SID-W Innovation Competition
Two panels of development experts have recognized Vkursi Agro, a grantee of the Chemonics-implemented USAID Agriculture Growing Rural Opportunities (AGRO) activity, for its innovative solution to agricultural financing challenges. The award was announced at last week’s Society for International Development – Washington Chapter’s (SID-W) Annual Conference as part of the organization’s annual Innovation Contest. “We’re…
Digitizing the Agricultural Value Chain
This post originally appeared on MarketLinks. Over the past few decades, we’ve all heard variations of the same refrain: the future is digital. However, digital’s promise is hard to realize in many contexts given the technology infrastructure required for success. This goes beyond broadband internet availability and access to include cultural norms and other factors…
News: Chemonics Projects Earn Industry Recognition at SID-W Innovation Competition
Two panels of development experts, along with attendees of last week’s Society for International Development – Washington Chapter’s (SID-W) Virtual Annual Conference, have recognized three Chemonics-implemented projects for their innovative approaches to development challenges. The awards were announced during the event as part of SID-W’s annual Innovation Competition. This year, SID-W members entered their innovations…
Lead with Data: A Practical Tool to Design and Implement Market Systems Programming
This blog post originally appeared on the Market Systems Development Hub. Focusing Project Design on MSD The facilitative, systems approach required for market systems development (MSD) is not always intuitive to project staff. Those accustomed to working on traditional development programming have focused on training for beneficiaries, and those coming from the private sector have…
Three Models that Ensure Private Sector Engagement
This post originally appeared on Devex. Donor agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, have made private sector engagement, or PSE, a key element of their development strategies. Being more intentional about including the private sector in development is good news. Over the years,…
News: Chemonics Invests in Young Innovators’ Promising Development Solutions
On Tuesday, November 12, Chemonics awarded two teams of young problem-solvers with funding and ongoing support to continue development of their innovative solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Presented by Chemonics’ Executive Vice President Jamey Butcher, the award was part of the company’s commitment as Lead Scale Partner of the UNLEASH global innovation…
She Is an Agripreneur: Enabling Female Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness
Rapid urbanization in developing countries is shifting demand for agricultural goods. Meanwhile, the digitization of value chains is generating more transparent information on the pricing and movement of goods. These changes within food systems open windows of opportunity for agripreneurship — that is, entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector — both on the farm and beyond…
News: Building Resilience Through Market Systems: Chemonics Presents at SEEP 2019
How can we forge better partnerships to drive agricultural productivity, incomes, and nutrition? How can we use data to empower people and foster resilience? What are the best ways to engage the private sector to make financial services inclusive? Chemonics will discuss these questions and more at the 2019 Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP)…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
3 Questions with Najib Seguya on Pay-for-Results Financing
This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. Najib Seguya of the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA) activity’s Strategic Activities Fund team discusses key considerations to keep in mind when designing a pay-for-results (PfR) program, also known as performance-based financing. Alex Tekakwo, Anthony Nyende, and Sara Tohamy also contributed to this interview. 1.…
Development Works Here with Robert Anyang
We’d like you to meet Robert Anyang! Robert is an agricultural value chain improvement and marketing expert. With extensive experience advancing public-private partnerships, incubating youth-owned businesses, and expanding farmers’ access to markets, Robert shares how he was destined for his current career. Robert is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1. Can you tell us about your journey…
3 Questions with Cynthia Steen on Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Cynthia Steen serves as chief of party of the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) and has previously led agribusiness and enterprise development projects in multiple countries, including Egypt, Albania, Jamaica, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. HVAA is successfully demonstrating production, post-harvest, and marketing techniques to make Moldova a more competitive exporter, creating sustainable opportunities…
When Projects Close: Lessons Learned from an Ex-Post Study
As international development professionals, we strive for sustainable project results and an evidence base for our approaches. But the truth is we don’t always know what happens to our efforts after a project closes. Chemonics recently conducted a self-financed ex-post study of a former agriculture project to fill that information gap. While the team did…
News: Chemonics Welcomes New Agriculture and Food Security Practice Director
Chemonics is pleased to announce Garron Hansen as its new Agriculture and Food Security Practice director. Mr. Hansen is an accomplished agriculture, economic growth, and private sector development professional with nearly two decades of experience. Before joining Chemonics, Mr. Hansen served as a program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agriculture Development team,…
News: Chemonics’ Senior Vice President Philip DeCosse Discusses Food Security and Resilience in Nigeria at CSIS Event
On Wednesday, February 13, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a panel discussion on U.S.-led global food security featuring Chemonics Senior Vice President Philip DeCosse. The event, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted at CSIS headquarters in Washington, D.C., marked the launch of CSIS’s newest report: Risk and…
Tracking Distortions Versus Designing for Disruption
This post originally appeared on the SEEP Network. What is the difference between a market distortion and a market disruption, and do we need to track data differently in these contexts? These are the fundamental questions that panelists at the 2018 SEEP Annual Conference session, M&E for Markets: Building Evidence, Tracking Distortions, and Measuring Success tried to answer. In…
Drones Present Modern Solution for Heritage Wine Industry
With nearly 150,000 hectares of vineyards, the small nation of Moldova has one of the largest densities of vineyards in the world. Here, the wine industry is a cultural touchstone with a history stretching back thousands of years. It forms the backbone of the rural economy, providing income for more than 250,000 people and more…
Securing our Future: Partnerships for Youth
Getting the global economy on track to reap a demographic dividend, create prosperity, protect the planet, and eliminate extreme poverty will be difficult unless governments, international donors, businesses, and practitioners work together to harness the economic aspirations of youth. A recent study by the International Labour Organization shows that 13.6 percent of youth, or more…
A Resilience Sentinel Network for the Horn of Africa
This post originally appeared on Agrilinks. A sustained focus on resilience in the past decade has led to broad acceptance of it as a major programmatic priority for programs designed to strengthen the ability of vulnerable households to withstand myriad shocks and stresses. Resilience measurement concepts and methods have improved dramatically together with resilience theory and practice,…
Supporting Healthy Digital Platform Competition in the Georgian Agriculture Market
This post originally appeared on ICTworks. When working in international markets, there is one golden rule to ensure sustainability: make sure your interventions do not distort markets. In small markets, such as Georgia, a country with less than 4 million people, 50 percent of which are self-employed in the agriculture industry, this is especially important. Laying…
Value Chain Finance with a Digital Twist
Back in 2015 while designing our approach for USAID’s Colombia Rural Finance Initiative (RFI), a Colombian colleague and I visited a sugar smallholder who had settled in the Meta department, fleeing the civil war. On his adobe walls hung a photograph of the farmer smiling proudly next to Colombia’s President Santos, who had visited their…
4 Best Practices to Make Agriculture Insurance More Available and Affordable
This post originally appeared on Agrilinks. Farming is a risky livelihood throughout the world. But for smallholder farmers in particular, productivity and food security are defined by risk. “Good years” are defined by adequate rains, and “bad years” by drought. In Uganda, where 70 percent of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, the…
Ukraine’s Most Celebrated Watermelons Spark Unexpected Reform
This activity was one of the four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the market systems track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. It is not often that a pilot activity to improve a market system ends up capturing the imagination of a nation. Yet, when a barge loaded…