We empower people to make positive changes in their lives by applying our expertise in the following practices areas, which interact in exciting ways.

Equity & Inclusion Resilience Sustainable Agriculture Economic Opportunity Access to Finance

Sustainable Agriculture

We help farmers and agribusinesses sustainably improve productivity, access markets, and feed a growing population. This involves catalyzing sustainable production, agribusiness supply chains, and effective natural resource management. We focus on nutrient-rich commodities, often reaching producers through cooperatives, farm groups, and private service providers.

The following content is a sampling of our recent work in Sustainable Agriculture. For a comprehensive list please visit our Where We Work page.

The ViMPlus Activity in Burkina Faso Trains Farmers in Conservation Agriculture

The USAID-funded Victory Against Malnutrition Plus (ViMPlus) Activity recently held a multiple-phase training on the different production techniques for cowpea and sorghum …

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Feed the Future Activity Promotes New Rice Seed Variety in Bangladesh

Improved seed development and breeding remains a major constraint to introducing commercial productive seed varieties in Bangladesh. A new rice …

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Volunteers Support Eco-Friendly Agritourism

What is tourism going to look like in the future? That is the question on many people’s minds as vaccine …

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A Decade of Advancing Crop Value Chains with Feed the Future in Ghana

In Ghana, maize, rice, and soybean crops are mostly produced by smallholder farmers. But these crops are important commodities in …


Producer Organizations Improve Cashew Sales in Northeastern Guinea

In Siguiri, a prefecture in northeastern Guinea, interest among local populations to pursue new livelihoods has grown rapidly in the …


We help communities and households better prepare for, withstand, and recover from shocks and stresses. We promote the resilience of people and systems through work that spans a range of areas: governance, peace and reconciliation, risk management, climate change adaptation, community and livelihood development, and water and sanitation.

The following content is a sampling of our recent work in Resilience. For a comprehensive list please visit our Where We Work page.

Philippine Coffee Quality Competition 2021 Champ Attributes Win to Good Agricultural Practices

The 2021 Philippine Coffee Quality Competition (PCQC) is the Philippines’ most prestigious annual competition for the best Philippine coffee. This …

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Feed the Future Supports Bangladesh’s Largest Online Grocer in Offering Food Rations for COVID-19 Recovery

Chaldal is the largest online platform for grocery delivery in Bangladesh. Poised to become the country’s version of Amazon Fresh, …

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Colombia’s Move on Migration: What It Means for Venezuelans & Colombians Alike

A recent announcement by the Colombian government to offer temporary immigration status to Venezuelans living illegally in the country has …

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Protecting Forests & Incomes in Liberia Video

From 2015 to 2021, the USAID-funded Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability (FIFES) Activity, implemented by ACDI/VOCA, helped forest-dependent communities in …

Economic Opportunity

We connect people and businesses in systems that increase incomes, create jobs, and expand opportunities. Our inclusive market systems approach improves conditions and incentives for markets to work better for the poor and marginalized. We facilitate private-sector partnerships, support entrepreneurship and workforce development, and advance an improved business-enabling environment.

The following content is a sampling of our recent work in Economic Opportunity. For a comprehensive list please visit our Where We Work page.

Bead Making Means More Income for Halima

Halima Mohamed Arbele, 45, never expected that her hobby could be a source of income for her family. Since 2005 …

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Tackling Food Security, COVID-19, and Armed Conflict in Ethiopia

Almost six month ago, amid growing concerns of the impact of COVID-19, an armed conflict erupted between Ethiopian federal government troops and Tigray-led forces. Ethiopia was …

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Turkey Rearing Increases Income for Young Graduate in Rural Laos

Saykham Phommavongsa is a 32-year-old turkey farmer in the village of Nady in the Pek District of Xiengkhouang Province. After …

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Anara’s Story: A Young Kyrgyz Entrepreneur with Sweet Dreams

Anara Erkebaeva (pictured far right, above) lives in Uchkun village, near the city of Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan. Even though …

Access to Finance

We improve access to finance and deploy blended finance to expand impact beyond the life of our projects. We catalyze investments that drive social impact and expand financial inclusion through our three lines of business. Together with affiliates Tanager and AV Ventures, we build the capacity of financial institutions to expand the reach of financial services, support small and medium-sized enterprises in accessing finance, and mobilize growth capital to scale and sustain catalytic investment for growth.

The following content is a sampling of our recent work in Access to Finance. For a comprehensive list please visit our Where We Work page.

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Creating Agricultural Jobs in Honduras’s Lenca Indigenous Communities

Brenda Aracely Dominguez lives in the highlands of Intibucá, Honduras, on land where her family has grown potatoes for generations. …

Grant Gives New Life to Women’s Hay Farming Business in Northern Kenya

Members of the Tullu Women’s Group hail from Sololo Ward, a community of livestock keepers in the heart of Marsabit …

USAID Activity in Zambia Helps Expand Local Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Agricultural small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Zambia face numerous challenges as they strive to increase productivity, grow profits, and …

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Stories of Change from the Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition Activity

Access “Stories of Change,” published June 2021

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Bridging the Gaps in Northern Kenya’s Access to Finance

Kenya has made significant progress in financial inclusion, tripling its financial sector in 13 years and providing financial access to 83 percent of the population, according to …

Equity & Inclusion

We promote gender equity, engage youth, and include marginalized communities. Our programs address harmful or limiting norms using social and behavior change communication campaigns, trainings to ensure participation, and dialogues that lead to transformed perspectives. We analyze norms that inhibit growth and work with local partners to make markets more inclusive. We help women, youth, and marginalized communities access safe spaces to become central actors in their own development.

The following content is a sampling of our recent work in Equity & Inclusion. For a comprehensive list please visit our Where We Work page.


From Project to Sustainable Progress: Tanager and ACDI/VOCA Help Local NGO NAFAKA Kilimo Impact Tanzanian Agriculture

Tanager, ACDI/VOCA, and AV Ventures share a mission to improve economic and social conditions for vulnerable populations around the world. …


Ana Sofía’s Story: Transgender Youth in Colombia Pave the Way for Others at Work

Her rose-printed skirt sways when she walks in the room. She tucks her hair behind her ear. As she tells …


Willert’s Story: Finding Formal Employment as an LGBTQI+ Youth in Colombia

“I never imagined I could find a workplace so welcoming and committed to labor inclusion,” said Willert Moreno (pictured right …


Ghana Poultry Project Holds Poultry Mentorship and Business Bootcamp for Young Entrepreneurs

Now more than ever, the development of economic sustainable agriculture must be prioritized to achieve Ghana’s, as well as Africa-wide, …

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Josephine’s Story: Starting a Business in Isiolo, Kenya

According to a 2014 UN Women report, studies show that girls who experience poverty are 2.5 times more likely to …