Impact - International

  • A young woman, some chicken eggs and a community on the rise

    Tania Hernandes has increased access to protein in her community by raising chickens and selling their eggs.

    Tania Melissa de León Hernandes has more letters in her name than her age. Even so, her Guatemalan community in Quiché trusted and nominated her to be trained in chicken coop care and vaccinations, bringing nutrition training and incomes to 19 families in her town.

  • Layering economic growth and nutrition: Learning from NCBA CLUSA's USAID Yaajeende food system approach

    Women are involved in all aspects of Yaajeende’s food system approach and are integral to many of the project’s activities.

    As we transition from Feed the Future to the now one year old Global Food Security Strategy (known as Feed the Future 2.0) USAID's Bureau for Food Security Nutrition Advisor Ingrid Weiss reports below on the success of the USAID-funded Yaajeende project in Senegal. Implemented by NCBA CLUSA, the project is pioneering a whole-of-government approach to resilience.

  • When kids save lives: Handwashing education across generations in Niger

    Raya Sidaji demonstrates a “tippy tap” for her neighbors. Operated by a foot lever, Tippy Taps provide handwashing stations in rural areas without running water.

    When Ziley Idi, a 50-year-old grandmother, participated in handwashing training, she learned that poor hygiene habits spread disease and that, by properly washing hands, a person can prevent their spread and ultimately save lives.

  • The most popular radio show in this Mozambican village is changing the way people farm

    More than 80 percent of the population in Mozambique’s Alto Molocue district has listened to at least one episode of “Farmers’ Hour,” produced by the above team.

    Farmers in Mozambique have very limited access to training. Each farmer trainer, known as an extension worker, is serving around 1,200 farmers on average. Although this ratio has improved in recent years through various initiatives to improve agricultural production, continued technological, human and financial limitations mean it has yet to reach the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s recommendation of not more than 250 farmers per extension worker.

  • East Timor’s first co-op-made cassava flour revolutionizes country’s export economy

    Cooperativa Café Timor staff load East Timor’s first cassava export, destined for Indonesia.

    With the first export of 20 metric tons of cassava flour leaving East Timor this month for Indonesia, one cooperative continues to revolutionize the export economy in East Timor and is creating a whole new local market for cassava.

  • Training future farm managers in the Dominican Republic

    Students receive training in farm administration and livestock management.

    Responding to demands from the Dominican Republic's producer organizations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Safe Agriculture Food Export (SAFE) project provided specialized training to 38 young technicians in farm administration and livestock management.

  • The pipelines of resilience

    When children can access enriched flour and porridge in their village markets, they grow up stronger and healthier.

    This week, organizations around the world are highlighting how they are working to #EndHunger as part of Feed the Future Food Security Week. For many villages in West Africa, building resilience is key to achieving that goal.

  • The first step to international exports for co-op coffee in El Salvador

    San Carlos Dos Cooperative member-owners stand next to their inaugural coffee export, destined for London.

    In early 2016, the NCBA CLUSA's marketing and sales team in El Salvador began working with the San Carlos Dos Cooperative, one of the country’s diamonds in the rough.

  • Support opportunity: One Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer is bringing his experience home

    Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Ken Kilner, right, demonstrates an organic sprayer used for pest management.

    Ken Kilner would much rather be in a field in rural Senegal than fundraising online, but stepping outside his comfort zone is how he got here in the first place. Fundraising makes him uncomfortable, but after spending two weeks with farmers in rural Senegal through NCBA CLUSA’s USAID Farmer-to-Farmer Program, he had to follow up and get his community involved.

  • On International Youth Day, stories from young cooperators and how you can support the next generation of co-op leaders

    Evelyn Ayebare, right, tells her story on a local radio station in Uganda.

    This Saturday, August 12, people worldwide will celebrate International Youth Day. Observed annually on August 12 since 2000, this United Nations emphasis day recognizes young people as agents of change. This year's theme, "Youth Building Peace," highlights young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation, as well as inclusion, social justice and sustainable peace.

  • Professionalizing producer group reaps big rewards for onion farmers in Sahel

    An Alah Yidi farmer displays his onion crop in Burkina Faso.

    Onion farmers in Burkina Faso's arid Sahel region are struggling to meet high demand for the vegetable, given its nutritional and financial value. But against the odds, one producers’ group is leveraging its aggregate strength and group business sense to fulfill large contracts and expand onion farming opportunities in the region.

  • There’s a new cookbook on primetime in Senegal – and it’s changing child nutrition

    Aissata, left, a nutrition volunteer and CBSP, poses with the new cookbook alongside members of her community, including the Citizen Working Group coordinator Mamdou Bocar Dia, right. [photo: Feed the Future]

    Cooking on live TV with late night hosts sounds like the stuff of celebrities, but in Senegal it was nutrition experts and representatives from the U.S. and Senegalese governments who partnered to launch a new cookbook for mothers.

  • NCBA CLUSA Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer of the Year returns to Zambia to scale-up simple, innovative agriculture solutions

    Chipata District Farmers Association fabricators Dorica and John work on universal nut sheller molds

    When Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Randy Shackelford traveled to Zambia in 2015 for his first USAID Farmer-to-Farmer assignment—and his first trip to Africa—he didn’t imagine the deep personal and professional connection he would end up making with the community in Chipata. He recently returned from his third Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment in the region—part of a larger three-month trip funded by the Full Belly Project (FBP) to scale-up production of the nonprofit's universal nut sheller, a simple hand-cranked device that curtails aflatoxin cross-contamination and significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to shell peanuts.

  • From two years ago, to two years from now – Ugandan “Youth with Vision” share theirs

    Gilbert Wacha, chair of Youth with Vision, leads a meeting.

    After six months of training in financial literacy, agro-business entrepreneurship, foundational skills such as healthy choices and governance and leadership, the youth association “Youth with Vision” in Dokolo, Uganda, invested in group and individual businesses.

  • On International Day of Co-ops, how the most vulnerable groups are cooperating to succeed

    NCBA CLUSA's flagship Feed the Future project in Senegal, Yaajeende, has reduced stunting by a third.

    This year’s International Day of Cooperatives, observed on July 1, celebrates how co-ops make sure no one is left behind. To celebrate, we rounded up some our favorite co-op and producer association stories from communities worldwide that are working together to access markets, address nutrition and keep communities together.

  • It takes a village: How a mothers' group in Niger is transforming early childhood nutrition

    Souley, held by his mother Oumou, is the first child in his village to be exclusively breastfed.

    At close to three feet tall and just over 26 pounds, 22-month-old Souley is a poster child for the power of early childhood nutrition. Souley's mother, Oumou Oumarou, is a member of one of Bourdounga, Niger's Mother-to-Mother (MtM) support groups. In her village, over 200 women meet in such groups, building their self-confidence and capacity to make healthy decisions about feeding their young children in a collaborative and respectful atmosphere.

  • To access financing in Senegal, community groups look to each other

    Latyr Faye leads a session on community banking with his SILC group.

    Although the concept of microfinancing is familiar, many people don't realize it's still prohibitively expensive for rural populations. With interest rates from conventional banks and the microfinance system at 18 and 24 percent, community groups are forming to provide one another alternative access to credit and loans. Carrying lower interest rates of 5 or 10 percent, these Community of Savings and Internal Credit groups, or SILCs in French-speaking Senegal, are one way rural communities are banding together to support each other to provide access to funds for buying quality seed and other agriculture inputs.

  • U.S. cooperators support emerging vanilla co-ops in Madagascar

    Demonstrating their commitment to gender equity, half of the elected officials of Mirary Soa Cooperative are women. [photo: Pamela Karg]

    As part of NCBA CLUSA’s U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program, two U.S. cooperators recently supported the start-up of a new vanilla cooperative in Madagascar and trained 218 farmers on the cooperative business model. Pamela Karg, a member and past president of the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) and veteran Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer, provided basic cooperative business training and helped mobilize farmers from six villages.

  • Smallholder farmers better positioned to influence quality, price and availability of seeds

    Amilcar Dalton, left, owns one of three seed stores in Mozambique’s Nampula province.

    Due to their small farm sizes, price sensitivity, and limited uptake of improved seeds and inputs, the smallholder farmer market segment in Mozambique has historically been ignored, with seed companies preferring to focus on the large stable NGO and government contracts who purchase seed for aid and development programs. In recent years, however, policy changes have meant that these NGO and government markets are drying up while donors like USAID have promoted agricultural development in Mozambique through encouraging smallholders’ direct purchase of certified seeds and inputs as well as other improved technologies, which increases agricultural production.

  • From photography to raising pigs, Ugandan youth make good on employment opportunities

    Youth With Vision Chair Gilbert Wacha checks in on one of the group's pigs.

    The Youth With Vision group in Uganda's Okwongodul-Dokolo district have moved to expand their group business beyond an initial incubation of two pigs, aiming to earn more than 50 million shillings (about $14,000) by the end of 2017. The group of 20 young men and 15 young women was formed in 2015 under NCBA CLUSA's Youth Empowerment Through Agriculture (YETA) program because of the need to collectively curb youth unemployment and poverty. Funded by the MasterCard Foundation, YETA draws on a network of producer organizations and youth associations as an entry point to train, mentor and provide employment opportunities for at-risk youth in four districts of Northern Uganda.


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