Competitive Agriculture Systems for High Value Crops (CASH)

As the primary implementer of the program, VEGA Member Land O’Lakes International Development Fund is supporting the Republic of Yemen Government’s efforts to promote sustainable agricultural development by providing farmers access to high value markets and increasing their profit potential.
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Yemen
  • VEGA Lead Member: Land O’Lakes International Development
  • Other VEGA Members: IESC, Aid to Artisans, Coffee Quality Institute
  • Objective: To increase sustainable economic opportunities and decrease food insecurity in Yemen by supporting Yemeni men and women producers, processors, and exporters to cultivate and maintain strong, trusting relationships with high value markets.
  • Timeline: February, 2014-February, 2019
  • Theme: Agriculture & Food Security, Trade & Investment

Old City of Sana'a in Yemen

The Yemen CASH Program is a Feed the Future (FtF) financed program that will address key constraints across seven governorates that house over 50% of Yemen’s food insecure population, approximately 5.2 million people.  Activities under this value chain development program will seek to leverage the impact of humanitarian assistance and create synergy for sustainable agriculture programs.  The overall goal of the program is to create sustainable market systems that increase rural incomes and enable poor residents to purchase the food necessary to meet their daily nutrition needs thus improving food security.

The program will link Yemeni producers to value chains in sectors such as horticulture, honey, coffee, livestock and handicrafts. It will be implemented in three phases:

  1. Market analyses to examine the on-the-ground reality as it relates to end markets, access to finance and water usage/availability, among other topics;
  2. Pilot projects to test three value chain approaches – commercial, small scale and vulnerable; and
  3. Scaling up of pilot projects and commercialization in identified value chains.
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