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.
More than 200 organizations make up ASOLIPNAR, an Afro-Colombian organization led by women in Colombia. Many members represent social or ethnic minorities, and all are committed to improving their communities in the face of conflict.
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.
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.
A Bigger Haul
Fish is a vital source of protein and Nigeria needs more of it!. See how one USAID project is improving the country's food security by getting more and more people to farm fish.
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.
Lettuce Production & Distribution
The USAID New Economic Opportunities (NEO) program provided Georgian farmers with the tools needed to produce lettuce year-round, improving economic opportunities for farmers and a reduced dependency on imports nationally.
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.
Giorgi Topuria: Poultry Farmer
With the help of a poultry livelihood package from New Economic Opportunities, Giorgi Topuria was able to start his own business raising poultry and earn money to continue his education.
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.
Strawberry Value Chains in Georgia
Through USAID’s New Economic Opportunities (NEO) program, Georgian farmers learned to cultivate strawberries, resulting in the creation of a development association and a new annual strawberry festival.
Agricultural Innovation in Haiti
Following the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development's #AIARD53 Conference, Jean-Robert Estimé explores the innovations with the greatest potential to transform agriculture in Haiti.
Rural and Urban Food Security
Ahead of the 2017 Cracking the Nut Conference, Agriculture and Food Security Practice Director Rob Henning explores the difference between rural and urban food security.
Dairy Cattle Silage Production (Sinhalese)
This instructional video produced in Sinhalese by the USAID Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development (SOLID) activity shows best practices to produce year-round cattle feed for Sri Lankan dairy farmers.
Dairy Cattle Silage Production (Tamil)
This instructional video produced in Tamil by USAID Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development (SOLID) activity shows best practices to produce year-round cattle feed for Sri Lankan dairy farmers.
Broiler Production Management Program
The Broiler Management Training Program, conducted by USAID Supporting Opportunities for Livelihood Development, helped three Sri Lankan farmers incorporate small-scale poultry farming into their work.
Nona Kavartskhelia: Hairdresser in Georgia
After completing a New Economic Opportunities-supported course in hairdressing in Georgia, Nona Kavartskhelia was able to find a job with a beauty salon in Kutaisi.
Nana Pipia: Head of the Strawberry Association
New Economic Opportunities grant funds helped a Georgian strawberry farming association adopt modern production practices and expand their operations.
Connecting the Community
Utilizing a step-down training method, the USAID Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targets Sites project helped Nigerian farmers develop new skills and connect with credit organizations for loans.
The Story Behind the Story
Becaues most farms in Bosnia and Herzegovina are relatively small, limiting production and the amount of money farmers can earn, USAID Fostering Agricultural Market Development Activity encouraged the planting of more high value crops.
Tesanj Dairy Association
The USAID and Sida joint Fostering Agriculture Markets Activity project connected the Tešanj-Usora Women’s Agricultural Association with new skills and technologies to improve the quality and quantity of their dairy products.
Producer Associations in Colombia
Responding to the violence and instability brought by coca cultivation, associations in Anorí, Colombia created a plan to return to responsible farming, resulting in an improved economy, reduced violence, and an empowered community.
Climate Resilience in the Market System
How does climate resilience relate to markets? David Dyer, former chief of party of the Sri Lanka Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development (SOLID) project, shares his insights.
Collaborating with the Private Sector
How can you work with the private sector to improve nutrition outcomes? David Dyer shares his insights from the USAID Sri Lanka Supporting Opportunities for Livelihoods Development (SOLID) project.
Empowering the Individual
When supplied with the high-quality, low-cost technologies and skills needed to align with market specifications, Nigerian smallholder farmers can increase their incomes and improve homes, health, and livelihoods.
Feeding the Future in Nigeria
The USAID Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites project has supported Nigeria’s agricultural sector by facilitating public-private partnerships and generating $81,067,052 in public sector investments.
Transforming Agriculture in Nigeria
By engaging both the public and private sectors, USAID/Nigeria’s flagship project under Feed the Future enabled rural smallholder Nigerian farmers to sustainably produce over $1.7 billion in sales over a five-year period.
What Men Can Do, Ladies Can Do
The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity partnered with Sing With Me Happily to train 108 female youth in tractor operations and help them find employment across Uganda.
Filling Gaps in Uganda’s Market Systems
With the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity, agriculture company Akorion uses a digital solution to help farmers access support services and improve information flow in the agricultural market system.
Youth Involvement in Agriculture
Philip DeCosse sits down with Dr. Tom Reardon to discuss opportunities for youth to benefit from intermediary growth.
Opportunities for Capital Access
Philip DeCosse sits down with Dr. Tom Reardon to discuss trends in capital access and the growth in the use of intermediaries.
Technology in Agriculture Supply Chains
Philip DeCosse sits down with Dr. Tom Reardon to discuss investment in technology within the logistics element of the supply chain.
A Female Tractor Operator in Uganda Breaks Barriers
With support from the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity, Kevin Akello became the first female tractor operator in her community and proved “what a man can do, a woman can also do.”
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.
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is working to strengthen the agriculture sector in western provinces, where a significant portion of the population relies on farming and agribusinesses.
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.
Using Evidence-Based Analysis for a Food-Secure World
An early warning system that provides timely data and evidence-based analysis helps the international community identify and respond to populations that lack access to safe and nutritious food.
Boosting Food and Economic Security in Afghanistan
In southern Afghanistan, where farmers and businesses have lagged behind in production and sales, interventions to promote better farming and agribusiness practices strengthen the economy.
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…
News: Charting a New Course at #DevexWorld
How can the development community bring stakeholders together to achieve the SDGs? What does a successful public-private partnership look like in today’s development landscape? These are some of the questions that Devex World aims to tackle on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Chemonics is proud to be a Changemaker Partner this year, sharing insight from…
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…