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04 Sep 2018 description

August 27, 2018

Posted by Alex Russell

High-quality agricultural index insurance has shown promise in promoting resilience among small-scale farmers who face a constant risk of drought and other weather-related shocks. However, despite decades of investments this tool has yet to achieve its broadest impact in part because of low-quality contracts that don’t reliably pay farmers for losses and that sometimes pay when there are none.

26 Jul 2018 description

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project / Caitlin Nordehn

This post was produced as a collaborative effort of the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project and Cultural Practice, LLC.

20 Jul 2018 description

Simon Koenig

Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) promises to increase resilience to climate change, enhance productivity and profitability and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To achieve large-scale transition from traditional agricultural practices to CSA, a mentality shift by businesses and individuals, as well as accelerated mobilization of private capital will be essential. The public sector has the power to shape the enabling environment to appropriately incentivize scaled-up investment in CSA.

19 Jul 2018 description

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project / Esther Ngumbi

This post was co-authored with Esther Ngumbi.

14 Dec 2017 description

Imagine a service in rural Nigeria, where smallholder farmers can send a text message and a tractor will appear and plow their field. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. Hello Tractor does exactly that, and is expanding the convenient service to more and more farmers. In Nigeria, Hello Tractor has become a success and founder, Jehiel Oliver, calls it the “Uber for tractors”. Not only does the convenience of a rentable tractor improve agricultural timeliness and monetary efficiency, but each tractor is equipped with a high-tech device to monitor the crop plot.

24 May 2017 description

Since its inception in 2003, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has received strong bipartisan support in Congress and through administrations, including two reauthorizations with significant majorities. The United States is unquestionably the world’s leader in responding to the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Originally conceived as a compassionate effort to save the lives of those in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS with urgently needed treatment and care, PEPFAR is now also undertaking the challenge of actually controlling the pandemic.

02 May 2017 description

Drought is a perennial feature of the Horn of Africa. For families who live in this region of East Africa, it means dealing with major shocks regularly—shocks that make it difficult to ever really escape poverty, despite their best efforts.

Many make a living as farmers and pastoralists, relying on the earth and the skies for income and food. When the rains don’t come, livestock and crops die. As families face this hardship year in and year out, they lose their ability to bounce back and have to turn to outside assistance to survive.

27 Apr 2017 description

This report shares the promising practices and lessons learned from the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT)
Initiative. It was informed by a call for inputs, issued to more than 100 implementing partners in nine countries.
The report is for local, national, regional, and global stakeholders interested in the design, implementation, funding, and sustainability of HIV care and treatment for children. It can be used in the countries involved in ACT and beyond.

05 Feb 2017 description

For farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, a reusable storage bag can be the difference between making a living and struggling to make it to the next harvest. That’s because improving food security is not just a matter of increasing food production: it’s also a matter of ensuring farmers can safely and affordably manage their crops after harvest. Through Feed the Future, the U.S. Agency for International Development and Purdue University have collaborated to create a crop storage solution that’s so effective, it’s developed into an emerging market in Kenya.

29 Sep 2016 description

Highlights of GAO-16-819, a report to the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate

Why GAO Did This Study?

08 Jun 2016 description

UNAIDS and PEPFAR announce dramatic reductions in new HIV infections among children in the 21 countries most affected by HIV in Africa

Concerted global efforts have led to a 60% drop in new infections among children, which has averted 1.2 million new HIV infections among children in 21 priority countries since 2009

05 Apr 2016 description

In Kenya, horticulture provides more than seven million metric tons of highly nutritious fruits and vegetables each year. These foods draw a higher price than other cops, but producing them carries risk, partly because of the scarcity of water and the high cost of diesel and petrol, which fuel standard-issue water pumps. This leaves many smallholder farmers with no other irrigation option than to rely on inconsistent rainfall, which can be insufficient for growing produce that’s competitive in the marketplace.

02 Mar 2016 description

What is ACT?

Launched at the 2014 U.S. African Leaders Summit, the Accelerating Children’s HIV/AIDS Treatment (ACT) Initiative is a two-year effort to double the number of children receiving life-saving antiretroviral treatment (ART) in nine high-priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The $200 million initiative represents a joint investment by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).

03 Feb 2016 description

Third-party testing provides the degree of transparency that smallholder farmers need to access truly improved seeds that perform in their local environments. It is the foundation for creating a verified, reliable and transparent seed system, yet it has been a critical missing component in African agricultural development.

03 Feb 2016 description

In many developing countries, over half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten. Instead, they are lost to damage or spoilage after harvest. The potential for these losses leads farmers to sell their fresh produce immediately at whatever price they can get, before they lose the crops that represent investments of labor, water and agricultural inputs. Improving how fruits and vegetables are handled after harvest can significantly prolong freshness—and cooling is key.

01 Feb 2016 description

Outside the Tanzanian city of Dodoma, the leaders of Chamwino Super Sembe Supply had ambitious goals: they wanted to expand operations, make their mill more profitable, and provide fortified flour to more customers. But translating that vision into reality was a challenge. Among other things, Chamwino lacked a business plan, making it impossible to chart the way forward or access the loans needed to expand and improve operations.

31 Jan 2016 description

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy recently released its annual report covering research and activities progress over the past year. The overall goal of the FSP program is to promote inclusive agricultural productivity growth, improved nutritional outcomes, and enhanced livelihood resilience for men and women through improved policy environments. The goal will be achieved by fostering credible, inclusive, transparent and sustainable policy processes at country and regional levels and filling critical policy evidence gaps.