Smallholder farmers in Nigeria have struggled with harvest losses due to contaminants plaguing maize and soybean crops, as Nestlé has sought to significantly increase local sourcing of these crops. This new public-private partnership between VEGA, USAID, Nestlé and CNFA will leverage the expertise of volunteers to train 20,000 smallholder farmers and more than 200 small agricultural businesses in Kaduna State to reduce crop contaminants in order to sustainably increase the safety and quality of maize and soybeans and improve local health, nutrition and livelihoods.
Objective: This Feed the Future program will generate shared value for all of the partners by sustainably increasing the safety and quality of maize and soybeans and improve local health, nutrition and livelihoods.
People Impacted: 20,000 smallholder farmers, including 40 percent women, more than 200 small agricultural businesses and consumers in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. government development agency. USAID works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. U.S. foreign assistance furthers America’s interests while improving lives in the developing world. 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.
Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future draws on the resources and expertise of 10 other U.S. Government partners to pioneer a comprehensive approach to end hunger and drive real change at a large scale. As America’s initiative to combat global hunger and poverty, Feed the Future is putting America’s engine of ingenuity and opportunity to work abroad. The initiative works to give families and communities in some of the world’s poorest countries the freedom and opportunity to lift themselves out of destitution. By equipping people with the knowledge and tools to feed themselves, Feed the Future is addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger, helping people end their reliance on aid, and creating important opportunities for a new generation of young people, while building a more stable world.
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. Nestlé has more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons to local favourites, and is present in 191 countries around the world. Nestlé’s purpose is enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. The company wants to help shape a better and healthier world. Nestlé also wants to inspire people to live healthier lives. Creating Shared Value is how the company contributes to society while ensuring the long-term success of the business.
CNFA: Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an international agricultural development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. CNFA builds strong local and global partnerships, incorporates innovative approaches in its programs, and fosters inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups. Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $600 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 44 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latina America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.
Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) is a consortium of 29 member organizations that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking more economic opportunities. VEGA is a consortium of non-governmental organizations that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking more economic opportunities. VEGA works with leading corporations, mission-driven nonprofits and USAID overseas missions to collectively address economic growth challenges. Since 2004, VEGA has administered 59 global development programs in 46 countries.