We conduct in-depth monitoring of livelihoods and nutrition for early warning of food insecurity, and provide mechanisms for smallholder farmers to improve productivity. We strengthen agricultural industries to improve domestic production and increase incomes for smallholder farmers. Through private sector demand-driven market interventions, we mitigate value chain constraints that negatively affect population’ access to sufficient qualities of affordable, nutritious foods.
FEWS NET COVID-19 Briefing
The USAID FEWS NET project provides weekly briefings on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on acute food insecurity across the 29 countries that FEWS NET monitors.
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.
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.
Saving For Health
USAID’s Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites worked with Nigerian NGOs to help more than 900 women increase their income and improve child nutrition.
A Fruitful Future for Bangladesh
Healthy market systems in Bangladesh can help agribusinesses flourish while sowing the seeds for food security.
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.
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.
Building the Economy and Promoting Peace in Colombia
More than five decades of conflict and negligible government influence in rural Colombia have forced its people to grapple with poverty, violence, and a weak economy.
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.
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…
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…
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…
10 Lessons Learned for Facilitating an Inclusive Agricultural Market System
Agriculture is vital to the continued diversification of Nigeria’s economy and to rural prosperity and food security for all Nigerians. The country’s agricultural market system is exceedingly complex. Building the sector requires a systems approach that encompasses entire targeted value chains. All links are important. Without a link to a profitable source of market demand,…
We Can’t Respond to Famine Caused by Conflict in the Same Way as Famine Caused by Drought
In conflict- and famine-affected states, interventions can undermine innate community resiliencies that could offer some protective effect for families and individuals. It is well-understood that violent conflict is a major cause, or the primary cause, of each of the globe’s four most pressing food security crises — in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen —…
Improving Nutrition Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Introducing a New Crop
The livelihoods of rural households in Tajikistan are highly dependent on agricultural production, yet farmers are not able to produce enough food to meet their own needs. It is sadly ironic that in an area dominated by farming, malnutrition among children is common and also causes many health problems for women of reproductive age. Farmers…
Giving a Voice to the Little Guy: Advocacy in Agriculture
It’s no secret that agriculture is an important sector in the field of international development. The presence of farming, agricultural technologies, and agriculture policy is a certainty in nearly every country around the globe. Within this sector there are some 500 million smallholder farms worldwide; more than 2 billion people depend on them for their…
Using Crowdsourcing to Map Displacement in South Sudan
This blog post was originally published by Digital Globe. Over three years of internal conflict in South Sudan has led to severe food and nutrition insecurity. Nearly one-third of the population is in need of emergency food assistance, and the spread of violence has displaced 3.4 million people across South Sudan and into neighboring countries…
A Day in the Life of Grace: Food Security and Nutrition in a Rapidly Urbanizing Africa
It’s 7:30 p.m. on a typical Tuesday evening in Kampala, Uganda, and Grace Kagawa is rushing to her small home in the Bwaise slum. After an 11-hour day working as a street sweeper downtown, and with little time and space to prepare the evening meal in her single-room home, the options for nourishing her two…
News: Chemonics Cracks the Nut in Bangkok
As cities around the world rapidly grow, so do the needs of urban consumers. To understand these needs and effectively address them, Chemonics and others in the industry are asking: How can we improve the sustainability and food security of urban markets? During the Cracking the Nut Conference, Chemonics will join more than 300 experts from…
3 Questions with Chris Hillbruner: Why Famine No Longer Takes the World by Surprise
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a USAID-funded project that compiles data and warns of impending food insecurity in almost 40 countries around the world. The eyes of the world are on South Sudan right now after famine was declared on February 20. The threat of famine also looms in Somalia, Yemen,…
Know Your SDGs: The Role of Sustainable Agriculture in Ending Hunger and Achieving Food Security
September marks a key step in global development’s future. U.N. member states will convene the Sustainable Development Summit this September to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a set of 17 newly proposed goals to guide the global development community in improving the lives of the poor and eradicating poverty. The SDGs expand on and refine the Millennium Development…
Resolving the Tension between Agricultural Growth and Nutrition
Below is an excerpt from an essay that appeared in the 2014 Frontiers in Development books, themed around ending extreme poverty. The essay, by Chemonics’ Neal Donahue and Ilisa Gertner, posits that there is often an underlying tension between the “seemingly complementary goals” of agricultural growth and increased production and consumption of nutritious food. Development…