Public-Private Partnership with Nestlé Promises Better Nutrition and Livelihoods
In Kaduna State, Nigeria, as in many parts of the developing world, post-harvest losses due to high levels of mycotoxins, such as aflatoxin, and other contaminants, have plagued staple crops such as maize and soybean, making it much harder for small-holder farmers to earn a decent income. These mycotoxins also threaten the health and lives of humans and animals, leading to cancer and fatal kidney and liver failure. In children, aflatoxin poisoning causes stunting, immune suppression and even death.
Under the VEGA LWA, USAID/Nigeria has joined forces with VEGA, Nestlé, and CNFA to reduce the deadly threat of these dangerous crop contaminants and improve nutrition in Nigeria. For several years, Nestlé has been working with Nigerian farmers to improve their farming practices, the safety and quality of their crops, and thus their health and incomes. The new partnership under the LWA is expected to significantly expand upon these efforts to generate shared value.
Over a three-year period, the Feed the Future Nigeria and Nestlé Maize Quality Improvement Partnership will leverage the expertise of volunteers to train farmers, workers and 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 the health, nutrition and livelihoods in this community.
“This public-private partnership supported by Feed the Future will help lift farmers out of poverty by sharing best practices in agriculture activities and focusing on value chains. Providing farmers and suppliers the knowledge and tools to improve their product will help them garner higher selling prices and increase household incomes. Investments in this program from Nestlé and through the in-kind contributions of volunteers really stretch U.S. taxpayer dollars and increase the return on investments.”
– Stephen M. Haykin, USAID/Nigeria Mission Director
Through VEGA and CNFA, a team of experts—including highly skilled volunteers—will build the capacity of local associations and train 150 local youth volunteers to train more than 20,000 smallholder farmers—including 40% women—increasing the sales of high quality maize and soybean by at least 17,000 metric tons annually. More than 200 for-profit private enterprises, such as farm service retailers, will also be trained and supported in improving their technologies and management practices. The part-nership aims to empower participants throughout the supply chain to create a culture of transparency, leading to higher quality and safer crops that can be brought to market. The resulting increased grain and maize sales will boost incomes and help farmers and small business operators improve their livelihoods.
“In line with our commitment to Creating Shared Value, Nestlé is happy to work together with CNFA, USAID and VEGA to achieve our mutual objectives of helping to build thriving, resilient communities by improving the livelihoods of individuals and families with whom Nestlé lives and works. We are confident that this program will help to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future.”
– Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, CEO and Managing Director of Nestlé Nigeria
VEGA President & CEO Michael Deal said, “VEGA is very pleased to have brought these partners together to create sustainable supply chain solutions to enhance the well-being of farmers, small business owners and families in Nigeria. This partnership serves as a model multi-stakeholder collaboration to leverage highly skilled volunteers to generate more prosperity and shared value for all partners. VEGA will continue to coordinate the collaboration of our partners and ensure rigorous results.”
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.