The U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their own agriculture sectors to generate opportunities for economic growth and trade, which can help reduce poverty and hunger.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.
CIMMYT works throughout the developing world to improve livelihoods and foster more productive, sustainable maize and wheat farming. The center helps to build and strengthen a new generation of agricultural research and extension services in maize- and wheat-growing nations.
CABI is an international not-for- profit organization that improves people’s lives by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. Through knowledge sharing and science, CABI helps address issues of global concern such as safeguarding the environment and improving global food security. We do this by helping farmers grow more and lose less of what they produce, combating threats to agriculture and the environment from pests and diseases, protecting biodiversity from invasive species, and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge. Our 48 member countries guide and influence our core areas of work. These include development and research projects, scientific publishing and microbial services.
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is a self-sustaining U.S. Government agency that helps American businesses invest in emerging markets. Established in 1971, OPIC provides businesses with the tools to manage the risks associated with foreign direct investment, fosters economic development in emerging market countries, and advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. OPIC helps American businesses gain footholds in new markets, catalyzes new revenues and contributes to jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC fulfills its mission by providing businesses with financing, political risk insurance, advocacy and by partnering with private equity investment fund managers.
The Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) is an independent Swiss non-profit organization that works with smallholder farmers in developing countries, often in semi-arid regions, to help improve smallholder productivity and livelihoods through innovation in sustainable agriculture and the activation of value chains. SFSA operates as a catalyst and an incubator of market-based solutions for smallholders and offers commercially-viable and scalable solutions through three programmatic streams: i) Access to Seeds – improving smallholder access to affordable and better performing seed varieties; ii) AgriServices – developing and deploying farmer support services, mechanization centres, and agri-technology applications; and iii) Agriculture Insurance Solutions – developing and enabling smallholder-appropriate agriculture insurance, credit and risk management solutions. SFSA is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, and is present in eight countries in Africa and Asia.
MEST is a Pan-African entrepreneurial training program, seed fund, tech incubator and hub for software entrepreneurs. Launched by the Meltwater Foundation in 2008, MEST has trained nearly 300 individual entrepreneurs and invested in 50+ software startups. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana with incubators in Accra, Lagos and Cape Town and a presence in Nairobi and Abidjan, MEST is the first truly Pan-African program of its kind.
BRAC is a development success story, founded in Bangladesh in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, and today is a global leader in developing cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone and post-disaster settings.
These include programmes in education, healthcare, microfinance, girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, social enterprises, a bank, a university, and the world’s
largest mobile money platform.