Posted on June 10, 2015 by
Last week, Bosnia’s Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA) project held 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’ successes.
Bosnia FARMA began in 2009, with the aim of expanding production, processing, sales, and marketing of high-demand products in Bosnia and Herzegovina using the latest environmentally sustainable methods. Chemonics implemented the project on behalf of USAID and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world. Lisa Gihring is a manager in Chemonics' Europe and Eurasia region.
Posted on June 9, 2015 by
As we move ever-closer to defining shared health goals for
post-2015 development agenda, we must also take the time to stop
and think about assessing our progress. What does success look
like? And how will we measure it?
The World Bank, USAID, and World Health Organization, with
support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have embarked
on an important strategy to construct a common agenda to improve
and sustain country accountability systems for health results in
the post-2015 era. This...
Posted on June 8, 2015 by
As we approach summer here in the United States, many families
have already started planning that dream get-away vacation to the
beach. A trip to the beach melts away our worries as quickly as
waves crash on the shore. For many people around the world though,
these same waves both provide and threaten livelihoods.
More than a billion people around the world make their homes in
low-lying coastal areas, and with good reason: rivers and lakes
provide clean water for cooking, bathing, agriculture,...
Posted on June 5, 2015 by
I will always be impressed as to how 4,000 inhabitants
established their community on Hinnavaru—a paragon of desert
islands in the Maldives. Hot sand, dust, and scarce vegetation
combine to provide scant shade beneath the unrelenting equatorial
sun. Somehow, every single vista on this island is overwhelmed by
the Indian Ocean. On a recent visit, I felt trapped. The only thing
preventing the ocean from swallowing the island up is a meter or
two of elevation above the water level.
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 4, 2015 by
Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM)
convening this week in Miami, Florida, with the shared interest of
improving public financial management in their respective
countries. To kick off the conference
Financial Management Specialist Svetlana Klimenko from the World
Bank highlighted the importance of public financial management
within the larger context of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), and the soon-to-be established Sustainable...
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 May 29, 2015 by
In this photo, the owner of a small business in Ucayali, Peru,
works with an employee to create a product using seeds from the
Amazon rainforest. The business, Pro Mujer Oriente, employs 54
women to make handicrafts using tree materials. The
Peru Environmental Management and Forest Governance Support
, or Peru Bosques Project, supported Pro Mujer Oriente
to establish partnerships by participating in national trade fairs
and to improve the appearance of its products. With...
Posted on May 28, 2015 by
In order to drive the economy, increase employment, and raise
incomes, countries need to develop and maintain laws, regulations,
policies, trade agreements and public infrastructure that
facilitate the growth of business. Together with social norms,
these constitute the business enabling environment. In April
2015, Eileen Hoffman, the director of Chemonics’ Economic Growth
and Trade practice, sat down with Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, the
general director and founder of the Policy and...
Posted on May 27, 2015 by
Information communication technologies (ICTs) and innovative
strategies for digital development are increasingly considered to
be essential components in the effort to achieve the past
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and newly crafted Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs). However, it is critical that the
technologies utilized in these efforts add value to overall
development outcomes — and are not just technology for technology’s
Today, at the Society for
International Development (SID)...
Posted on May 22, 2015 by
This week at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, the Global
Health Council, FSG and Chemonics hosted a session addressing the
question: Are Complex Global Health Partnerships Worth
Before the audience got comfortable and the speakers took their
seats at the front table, I noticed Peru’s Minister of Health, Dr.
Anibal Veláquez Valdivia, had joined us, and felt a jolt of
excitement. I had worked extensively on the Peru Quality Healthcare
(QHC) program—a five-year initiative that emphasized...
Posted on May 19, 2015 by
It’s simple: All children have a right to quality education. At
the UNESCO World Education Forum
, which takes place
May 19-22 in Incheon, South Korea, world leaders are gathering to
discuss the path toward achieving education for all by 2030.
Education as a right, the value of inclusive education, the
lifelong impact of learning — all of these are key themes of the
Forum, as part of the push to determine an
that will align with the post-2015
sustainable development agenda.
Posted on May 18, 2015 by
This week, as you all may know, Chemonics is currently attending
the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
What you may not know is that Chemonics is but one organization
of more than 50 being represented in the Global Health Council’s
delegation, which is only a small fraction of the United States’
contingency, which is but one of the 194 country delegations
expected to contribute to critical annual dialogue around global
And this year is not a typical WHA year. This year,...
Posted on May 14, 2015 by
By Dr. Oscar Cordon and Pauline Lee
2015 is a significant year for the future of international
development. The Millennium Development Goals
are not only expiring, but also consultations for the
incoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are rapidly taking
place. The SDGs are continuing the MDGs with 17 proposed
, to be hashed out at the United Nations (U.N.) General
Assembly in September. So, where does health stand in this new
framework as we approach the deadline?
Where is health...
Posted on May 13, 2015 by
Carlos E. Quintela leads the Mozambique Coastal City
Adaptation Project—a five-year, $15 million effort to help
municipal authorities in Mozambique understand and apply urban
climate adaptation solutions, and increase local capacity to adapt
to climate change. Today, Carlos joins other climate
and development experts at the National
in St. Louis, Missouri.
Q. Some people still talk
about climate change as if it is a future threat, rather than
something we are facing now. Is this...
Posted on May 12, 2015 by
When I first started my career in public health and supply chain
management back in the early 90s, HIV/AIDS was practically a death
(ART) was still in its early stages, and weak supply
chains across the developing world meant that existing drugs for
HIV and opportunistic infections were beyond reach for millions in
poverty. Working as a pharmaceutical technologist in Kenya, I saw
the impact of weak supply chains on the job when I had to turn my
Posted on May 5, 2015 by
How does a company with more than 500 headquarters staff and
3,000 employees worldwide capture and share evolving best practices
in sectors like health, education, and the environment? Chemonics
uses a decentralized hub approach, in which a core team gleans
information from a broad network of internal and external technical
experts, and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise
among Chemonics’ staff to address significant development
Last week, Chemonics held its first...
Posted on April 30, 2015 by
Earlier this year, Chemonics joined the SEEP Network
—a global network of
international development organizations dedicated to fighting
poverty by promoting inclusive markets and financial
systems. SEEP is active in 170 countries and reaches nearly 90
million households around the world.
For years, we have been attending the annual conference
side-by-side with SEEP Network members in the field. Now, as new
members ourselves, we are eager to join in many of SEEP’s
Posted on April 22, 2015 by
Chemonics launched its first development project in 1975, just
five years after the first Earth Day rallies in 1970 sparked the
modern environmental movement. Since then, the company has
implemented more than 200 projects in biodiversity conservation,
natural resource management, climate change adaptation, and related
areas. Certainly, Chemonics’ commitment to building healthier
human-nature interactions was a draw for me when I joined the
Although I’m a historian of Latin America by...