Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture
April 7, 2017
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is a Washington D.C.- and Brussels-based non-profit with over 30 years of experience partnering with businesses, the public sector, and civil society to strengthen market-driven agricultural economies.
In 44 countries, CNFA has stimulated economic growth and improved livelihoods through more than $600 million in agriculture and agribusiness development initiatives. Currently, in 15 countries across Africa, South and Central Asia, and Eastern Europe, CNFA works throughout the agriculture value chain to increase food security. This includes efforts to increase farmers’ access to agricultural inputs – the seeds, fertilizers, crop protection products, and veterinary supplies and services they need to boost productivity – and initiatives to improve the post-harvest handling, storage, and marketing necessary to extend their sales and return on crop investment.
Through its Farm Service Center (FSC) model, CNFA brings together donors, governments, and private sector partners to create “one-stop-shops” to meet these needs. By providing crop price information, veterinary advice, financing and trade credit, and equipment leasing, FSCs can reach up to 20,000 farmers with improved inputs, implements, and services at larger locations. At the end of a recent two-year, USAID-funded FSC pilot in Ethiopia, CNFA’s network of six stores served more than 24,800 customers, generated over $1.3 million in private sector matching investment, and sold $2.7 million in seeds, feed, fertilizer, small-scale farm implements, veterinary medicines, and plant protection products. Today, we are working with the U.S., German, and Ethiopian governments to expand that network to 29 stores, just one part of a broader network of over 7,000 CNFA-supported agrodealers worldwide.
“By facilitating access to high-quality inputs, knowledge, and tools, we enable farmers to transition from a subsistence farming system to a marketed-oriented one. When we empower them to earn a living by improving their productivity, farmers invest in their businesses, improve food security and nutrition in their communities, and lead others in breaking the cycle of poverty,” said Sylvain Roy, CNFA President & CEO.
CNFA is proud to join the Alliance to End Hunger and shares deeply in its mission to unite diverse actors towards creating a prosperous world without hunger. Our work has always depended on collaboration and our programming reflects a commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation of the private sector. Members are invited to learn more about our work at www.cnfa.org.