Private Sector Hub

Private Sector Hub
The United States, through Feed the Future, is engaging the private sector in a meaningful, comprehensive way to develop models that are integral to core business strategies and meet the global food security challenge. These “win-win” partnerships will advance the impact of sustainable development and will foster private sector-led growth in emerging markets, critical to reducing poverty, fighting hunger, and improving nutrition.
To be considered for funding, proposed alliances must demonstrate good partnership principles:
  • Have clearly-defined objectives agreed to by all partners. 
  • Mobilize significant new, non-public resources — whether money, technologies, or expertise — to address significant international development challenges.
  • Operate in a country where USAID has a field office (known as a Mission) and must address one or more strategic development objectives. For proposed alliances in countries where USAID does not have a field office, applicants should consult with the regional Mission or USAID Office in Washington, D.C., responsible for that country.
  • Contribute to one or more of USAID's high priority initiatives, including Feed the Future.
  • Commit to achieve significant development impact directly and attributably through the alliance. Possible measures could include the number of jobs created, number of people given access to products, services, technology, etc., or amount invested by the private sector in public goods.
  • Be feasible from a technical, economic, financial, and social perspective.


Partnership Models

In addition to the Feed the Future Private Sector Engagement Hub, the U.S. Government supports private sector engagement and investment in Africa through three Africa regional trade hubs. We can provide an introduction for your business to the trade hubs, or you may contact them directly.
A woman smiles as she stands in a greenhouse with plants
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation promotes the commercialization of improved agricultural technologies to help smallholder farmers and assists USAID missions to engage private sector partners to enhance the impact of their Feed the Future programming.
Photo of a woman farmer
In 2011, USAID, together with six partners, announced a first-of-its-kind effort to invest $25 million in the African Agricultural Capital Fund, which will deliver much needed growth capital to boost the productivity and profitability of Africa's undercapitalized agriculture sector.
Honoring the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug, this is a major new effort to increase the number of agricultural scientists and strengthen scientific institutions in developing countries.
A volunteer shows a plant to a student
Beginning this month, U.S. graduate students will travel to Feed the Future focus countries to work on projects led by in-country organizations to support smallholder farmers growing fruits and vegetables.
Farmers in Haiti
This partnership combines the expertise of Swiss Re, a global leader in innovative risk management solutions, with two USAID efforts: the Global Climate Change Initiative, which aims in part to increase resilience to extreme climate events and accelerate the global transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy, and the Feed the Future initiative.
A Ghanaian farmer in a soy field
The Africa Lead Agribusiness Leadership Program supports capacity building under the Feed the Future initiative and the African Union's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme. A major component of Africa Lead is collaboration with U.S., international and African agribusinesses on an Agribusiness Leadership Program aimed at training the next generation of agribusiness professionals across the continent.
A Ghanaian farmer examines cashew fruit
USAID partners with the International Fertilizer Development Center to address issues relating to food security, global hunger, environmental protection and self-sufficiency. The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center, a global research initiative by IFDC, will ensure long-term sustainability of critical programs through research on new fertilizer products and technology commercialization of efficient, environmentally sound fertilizers.
Zambian workers with bananas
The Enabling Agricultural Trade project supports legal and institutional reform through agricultural policy analysis, implementation support for USAID, and practical guidance on how policies and governments can enable agribusiness. EAT offers a suite of targeted and customizable analytical tools and implementation support to identify, diagnose and reform agribusiness enabling environment constraints that hinder start up and growth across the sector.
A Guatemalan farmer
This initiative supports partnerships between academic researchers and the private sector to develop and utilize index insurance as a tool to enhance risk management, access to finance, and technology adoption among smallholder agricultural producers in developing countries. The initiative currently has seven pilot activities addressing risk and index insurance in Peru, Kenya, Mali, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Guatemala.
A Haitian farmer
USAID partners with PepsiCo to improve yields, production and availability of healthy food in East Africa. This pilot program, Enterprise EthioPEA, focuses on improving the production of chickpeas in Ethiopia. This existing value chain has potential not only as a nutritious staple food, but also as an export crop and a flexible ingredient for many processed foods.