Posted on June 18, 2015 by
This week, Chemonics’ Mario Kerby presented at the Harvest the Future International Symposium about our work helping smallholder farmers in Haiti increase their incomes through the use of greenhouses. Harvest the Future is an annual gathering for experts to share and discuss the latest advancements and initiatives in small-scale, climate-smart agriculture.
From 2009 to 2014, the USAID Feed the Future West/ WINNER project installed more than 400 greenhouses on Haïtian hillsides. By using protected agriculture, vertical agriculture and drip irrigation, farmers were able to produce high-value crops year-round. The project resulted in a 119 percent average increase in household income for more than 60,000 farmers.
If low-cost greenhouses for smallholder farmers can work in Haïti, this technology could hold promise for smallholder farmers throughout the Caribbean basin and elsewhere.
"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world.
Danielle Zielinski is a manager in Strategic Communications and Outreach at Chemonics.
Posted on June 10, 2015 by
Last week, Bosnia’s
Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA) project
its final event—a farmers' market in Sarajevo that showcased
the wares and accomplishments of its participating producer
organizations. Attendees could sample and purchase a wide variety
of fresh and homemade products, including berries, jams, cheeses,
and soaps. The event also featured videos highlighting the farmers’
Bosnia FARMA began in 2009, with the aim of expanding
production, processing, sales,...
Posted on June 4, 2015 by
Aliyu Samaila is the Director of Agricultural Productivity
for the Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in
Targeted Sites II (MARKETS II) project in Nigeria. The project
enhances agricultural productivity and incomes by building farmers’
capacity to maximize yields and respond to market demands.
Q. What is new or different
about what this project is doing that could have implications for
other agriculture initiatives?
different about this project is the involvement of the...
Posted on June 3, 2015 by
Uganda has the world’s youngest population with over 78 percent
of its population below the age of 30. Though the country also has
one of the highest youth unemployment rates in Sub-Saharan Africa,
many of Uganda’s young adults have limited interest in pursuing
careers in agriculture because they see it as a subsistence
livelihood, or simply lack the agribusiness skills, finance and
market awareness to make agriculture profitable.
Through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future...
Posted on June 1, 2015 by
Interested in agriculture, technology, or development? Live in
the DC area? You’re in luck. Today kicks off International
Agriculture Week—or “DC Ag Week”—a week full of international
agricultural development conferences and events held in the
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s on the agenda:
June 1-2: Association for
International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD)
51st Annual Conference
AIARD is an association of U.S.- and internationally-based
members who work in global...
Posted on March 10, 2015 by
Within a climate of uncertain global markets, development
funding from many donors has increasingly been on the chopping
block. The added dimension of the urgent need to adapt to climate
change means that agriculture-focused poverty solutions are
increasingly more complex. However, new forms of financing, through
both partner country institutions and directly from newer social
impact funds are breathing new life into agricultural markets that
were once considered investment taboos.
Posted on January 13, 2015 by
Off one plane came firemen from Miami. Off another, volunteers
from France. The stream of aid workers and supplies seemed endless
as they flooded the Toussaint Louverture airport in
Port-au-Prince, where I had come to evacuate some consultants who
had worked with the USAID watershed management project I was
leading in my native country of Haiti.
It was January 14, 2010, only two days after the 7.0
Mw earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of
people. It is hard to describe the nightmare of...
Posted on October 15, 2014 by
A commitment to doing better and more effective development goes
hand in hand with a commitment to continual learning. In that
spirit, we are launching a new blog post series, “What We Are
Reading,” to share the books, academic papers, web tools, and other
resources our technical experts have found useful in recent months.
In honor of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which
is Friday, October 17, we have chosen three books with very
different takes on the causes and cures for...
Posted on September 30, 2014 by
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 programs must be designed to increase farmers’ incomes
and the demand and supply of nutritious food.
When it comes to...