After seeing a food security project in a nearby village, the women of Djalé went to work to improve their own community’s food security and nutrition. Now, their determination is paying off and making Djalé a healthier, happier, and more prosperous place to live.
For a husband and wife team in Honduras, starting a small processing business was a labor of love. With Feed the Future’s help, they’re taking their business to the next level and expanding it to nearby communities.
In the Sahel, a Feed the Future-supported partnership is generating a new “human-mediated digital learning approach” that mobilizes community-based organizations to produce videos in their own language that convey important messages themed around nutrition and resilience.
BHEARD supports long-term training of agricultural researchers at the masters and doctoral levels, and links scientific and higher education communities in Feed the Future focus countries and the United States.
In support of Feed the Future’s goal to drive agriculture-led development and food security, the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) awarded 36 of these Fellows $25,000 entrepreneurship grants to expand or launch new ventures, many of which are creating jobs, providing training for youth and expanding affordable food supplies in the Fellows’ home countries.
Agriculture is the cornerstone of rural livelihoods in the developing world, and irrigated agriculture contributes to rural economic growth and food security through more reliable water supplies in the face of low and unevenly distributed rainfall.
Since receiving a Feed the Future grant in 2010, the 94-member cooperative in northern Uganda has streamlined their milk and yogurt production and processing tremendously, doubling many of their performance indicators.
Led and largely staffed by women, Danaya has become an industry leader in recent years, creating more income and jobs as demand grows for the company’s popular line of cereal products. At the head of the 36-person firm is Aissata Thiam, who is training her daughter (and Danaya’s current finance and operations manager), Halatou Dem, to eventually take over the family business.
Two years after the end of the voucher program, randomly selected farmers who received the coupons had permanently changed their farming practices, using significantly more fertilizer, enjoying 15 percent higher yields, boosting food consumption by nine percent and increasing assets and savings by 20 percent more than their control group counterparts.