Five Market Systems Strategies to Revive Food & Agricultural Systems During COVID-19

COVID-19 is challenging the world to adapt, and, in doing so, creating two distinct problems in our food and agricultural …

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COVID-19 Crisis Spurs Pivot to Virtual Volunteering

USAID initiatives Feed the Future and the volunteer program Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) build food security and strive to end global hunger. Both recognize that these grand goals require energy, resources, …

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Colombia PAR Receives Extension to Continue Reconciliation Efforts

ACDI/VOCA received a cost extension to continue our work in Colombia under the USAID-funded Program of Alliances for Reconciliation (PAR) …

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Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity Joins Table to Revive Tourism Industry

Our USAID Honduras Transforming Market Systems (TMS) Activity has joined private- and public-sectors actors to form the National Tourism Table. …

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USDA Project Brews Up Business for Philippine Coffee in COVID-19 Marketplace

This spring, coffee farmers in the Philippines have had their products stored in warehouses all over the country. The farmers …

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Diversified Livelihoods Increase Incomes for Pastoralist Communities in Kenya

A few kilometers from Isiolo town in central Kenya, off the Isiolo – Marsabit highway, lies the ever-expanding Burat Ward. Located on the extensive savannah plain, the developing community of homesteads speaks to …

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Ghana Poultry Project Keeps Market for Local Chicken Active During COVID-19

In Ghana, poultry producers are exploring new ways to facilitate trainings and conduct business online, while restrictions from the global …

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Updated CEO Statement: Phases of Transition

Like many around the world, we at ACDI/VOCA Group (ACDI/VOCA and its affiliates Tanager and AV Ventures) have been thinking …

Addressing the Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Girls

Because women and girls are already socioeconomically marginalized in many societies, they are especially vulnerable in emergencies. As a result …

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Gender & Social Inclusion and COVID-19 Report

Our “Gender & Social Inclusion and COVID-19: Impacts and Recommendations for Agriculture and Market Systems Project Implementation” report, released April …

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Study Shows Resilience of Honduran Businesses Tied to Willingness to Adapt Business Models

With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, people and businesses around the world are facing unprecedented challenges. This is particularly evident in …

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USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity Business Resilience Analysis

Our USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity has conducted a survey to collect real-time information on the effects of the COVID-19 …

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Youth Gain Job & Life Skills Through Audiovisual Training in Colombia

Though limited employment opportunities impede reconciliation in rural Colombia, our USAID Colombia Program of Alliances for Reconciliation (PAR) is doing …

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ACDI/VOCA Appoints Experts in Food Systems, Strategic Partnerships, & Sustainable Agriculture to Board of Directors

ACDI/VOCA is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors: Chris Cochran, Enoh Ebong, …

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Coffee Production Advances Reconciliation in Colombia

In Colombia, rural farmers play an important role helping to repair social structures broken by decades of armed conflict. In …

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In Kenya, Feed the Future Activity Equips Young Women Entrepreneurs to Start Business & Thrive

At the bustling and vibrant Moyale Market, located on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia, 18-year-old Fatuma Guyo sits patiently …

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Volunteers Build A Better World

April 19th marks the beginning of the National Volunteer Week. Today, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance …

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ACDI/VOCA Launches Central Asia Impact Fund for Small and Growing Businesses

Central Asia’s economic growth is accelerating. But many of its small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) struggle to access finance. Big …

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Tools and Tactics to Help Global Development Organizations Adapt During COVID-19

The situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is rapidly evolving within almost every nation in the world. As its spread …

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Finding Resilience: How ACDI/VOCA Helps Communities Adapt to Shocks

When climate disasters, conflicts, and other crises occur, a community’s capacity to withstand the shocks and adapt to them is …

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Program Improves Health & Sanitation While Promoting Unity in Colombian Border Settlements

Jesús Uzcátegui is a 25-year-old migrant from Venezuela who came to Colombia in 2015 with his wife and two-year-old son. …

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Program of Alliances for Reconciliation Helps Unify Post-Conflict Colombia Through Tourism

Tourism is a growing industry in Colombia, where the end of a decades-long armed conflict is opening up places previously …

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COVID-19 Response: We Are Resilient

The health and safety of ACDI/VOCA staff, volunteers, partners and beneficiaries around the world is our top priority.  ACDI/VOCA leadership …

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Mural in Colombian Housing Project Drives Tourism

Along Colombia’s Caribbean coast, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is the highest coastal mountain range in the world and …

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Marketlinks Publishes Staff-Authored Blog on Asset-Based Finance

Marketlinks recently published a blog on asset-based finance written by ACDI/VOCA staff members Paul Newall, Associate Director of Partnerships and …

Tanzania NAFAKA – Corteva Collaboration Video Released

We’re pleased to announce the release of “Farming for the Future.” It will air on the BBC as part of …

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Women’s Group Boosts Incomes & Resilience in Kenya

In Kenya’s Northern Frontier, at the edge of Marsabit National Park, rests Karare town. Nondescript to passersby, Karare serves as …

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Venezuelan Migrants Get Ahead with Recipes for Success

Youth culinary training program promotes inclusion for new Bogotá residents Venezuelan migrants are far from empty-handed when they arrive in …

Widow Rebounds from Adversity through Kenya LMS Support

Kuresha Bile, a mother and widowed farmer in central Kenya, has seen it all. In 2009, her life crumbled around …

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International Women’s Day 2020 Video Launched

Staff and participants of 12 of our projects around the globe contributed to a video to celebrate International Women’s Day …

New Tractor, New Life For Outgrower Business Owner in Ghana

Alhassan Mumuni Baba had a tractor that he used to farm his 30 acres of maize, soybeans, and rice in …

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Feed the Future Kenya Activity Provides Grants to Young Women to Expand STEM Studies

Over the last several years, Kenyan universities and institutions of higher learning have seen a decline in students taking Science, …

In Colombia, Project-Supported Robotics School Launches Women & Girls in Science, All the Way to NASA

Women and girls from Colombia’s Pacific Region are showing the world a different side of the once-marginalized area. Two young …

Volunteer Reflects on 100+ Assignments

Meet Ross Penhallegon, a volunteer heading out this month on his 109th assignment. He and his wife Kate are dedicated …

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Mabel’s Story: A Young Mother and Venezuelan Migrant’s Journey to Empowerment

As a young girl, Mabel Iriarte dreamed of becoming a dancer. She was a Venezuelan migrant living in Cartagena, Colombia, …

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Psychosocial Support Tool Reconciles Communities & Improves Employability

For populations that have experienced trauma or violence, healing is a crucial step toward social and economic stability. Many Colombians …

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Daring to Stay

How Young Honduran Entrepreneurs Are Transforming Their Hometowns

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Cycling Events with Olympian Create New Narratives in Colombia’s Forgotten Regions

Imagine hundreds of cyclists riding through the streets as an Olympic gold medalist leads the pack. Years ago, this scene …

Five Market Systems Strategies to Revive Food & Agricultural Systems During COVID-19

COVID-19 is challenging the world to adapt, and, in doing so, creating two distinct problems in our food and agricultural …