Throughout 2017, NCBA CLUSA partnered with more organizations, expanded current programming and added 12 new projects to its international portfolio.
In Mozambique, where NCBA CLUSA has worked for over 30 years, we began work on four new projects including a follow-on to our successful conservation farming training work with the PROMAC project. The PROMAC II project, also funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy (NORAD), continues and expands training on conservation agriculture techniques through work with agriculture extension agents and demonstration plots. In conjunction, we are also partnering with NORAD to set up a training center for the Mozambican agriculture sector.
Partnering with co-ops, we are working with Land O' Lakes International Development in the Beira Corridor of Mozambique to increase the resilience of agricultural markets by supporting climate smart agriculture. That work is funded by USAID through the Feed the Future initiative.
In Guatemala, we started a partnership with the local coffee co-op federation known as FEDECOCAGUA on the USAID Fomenting Agriculture Incomes and Resilience Project (USAID FAIR). Supporting FEDECOCAGUA as the lead in this project aims to not only sustainably reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty in rural Guatemala but also increase local, community-led development capacity in Guatemala—all led by co-ops!
We continue to support co-ops and farmers in Indonesia, where we have also had a multi-decade presence, with a new Feed the Future Sustainable Cooperative Business Alliance project.
We also partnered with our fellow Cooperative Development Organizations World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and HealthPartners to support the adaption of Madagascar’s cooperative law. This partnership was a tangible outcome from the Cooperative Leadership Forum held in Madagascar this past February and is supported by the USAID Cooperative Development Project. The Overseas Cooperative Development Council Research Group, a research partnership of international cooperative development organizations led by NCBA CLUSA, also expanded it's research support from USAID by over one million dollars in 2017.
AMEA alliance, of which NCBA CLUSA is a founding member.A new partnership in 2017, we began working with funding support from the World Bank and its investment arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), in three countries: Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. In 2018, we will start work providing training to 6,500 smallholder farmers on forest friendly agriculture in Mozambique, work with local governments in Burkina Faso to develop natural resource management tools and manuals and train over 100 producer organization leaders in Tanzania. In Tanzania, support for this work comes from the expertise from the
Also in central Africa, we began work on the USAID Budikadidi project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In partnership with Catholic Relief Services, the Budikadidi project aims to sustain nutrition, food security and economic well-being for 400,000 people in six rural health zones in the DRC. NCBA CLUSA’s primary role is to link vulnerable households to local markets and incomes by strengthening youth associations, producer organizations and women’s groups.
Working with similar groups in West Africa, our largest flagship resilience project, the USAID-funded REGIS-ER project (increasing resilience for vulnerable populations in the Sahel region), was extended through 2019 this year to continue important work happening in Niger and Burkina Faso. We will also continue our innovative nutrition-led agriculture work in Senegal with a follow-on project awarded this year, Feed the Future Cultivating Nutrition.
In Latin America, we returned to Haiti, partnering with USAID and Chemonics on the Reforestation Project, which will address environmental degradation and tree cover loss to support food security and local resilience. The Cooperative Development Foundation and Christopher Reynolds Foundation also doubled their grants to the U.S.- Cuba Cooperative Working Group this year. The most recent report from the working group, published this year, details the cooperative community’s opportunities for engagement amid the current political reality.