Nestlé USA recently published a thought piece on its Medium blog by ACDI/VOCA Chief Communications Officer Paul Guenette entitled “Eating My Way from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu: Why My Nonprofit Embraces Private Businesses.” Guenette explains how ACDI/VOCA, the nonprofit that means business, serves as a business matchmaker. In Ghana, we combine the aims of our USAID-funded Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement II (ADVANCE II) program with the objectives of Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health, and wellness firm. ADVANCE II training enables farmers to bolster their productivity, while Nestlé seeks to improve the quality of maize and rice it sources from farmers.
Both parties—represented by ADVANCE II Chief of Party Emmanuel Dormon and Nestlé Ghana Managing Director Freda Duplan–formalized this public – private partnership (PPP) agreement by signing an MOU in December 2016. This PPP accomplishes the parties’ twin objectives of improved livelihoods and food security with Nestlé’s promise of good food and life for its consumers.
In 2015 alone, we established 400 PPPs in our programs in 35 countries and look forward to a prosperous 2017 during which we forge many more catalytic collaborations.