Food & Agriculture

EcoVentures International’s work in Food and Agriculture includes:

  1. Supporting food insecure households and those vulnerable to food insecurity through assisting them to effectively deal with economic or income shocks without displacing household food budgets;
  2. Assisting small-holder farmers to balance commercial and household food production;
  3. Assessing market opportunity to identify diverse enterprise and employment opportunities within agriculture and livestock sectors;
  4. Conducting value chain analyses of staple foods and cash crops to determine opportunities for producers to achieve higher margins and to increase competitiveness across whole sectors;
  5. Identifying opportunities that improve environmental sustainability within staple and cash crop sectors as well as incentives for growers and buyers to shift practices toward environmental sustainability; and
  6. Strengthening regional food systems by stimulating market demand for buyers to source food purchases from local farmers and to assist local producers to meet such demands.

Recent EVI projects related to Food and Agriculture include:

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa: Identify more than 100 cases of innovative commercial delivery of modern agricultural inputs to smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development;
  2. Liberia: Provide capacity building to primary and secondary school teachers to deliver trainings on agriculture as an enterprise to drive youth interest in and experience with the business side of agriculture;
  3. Guatemala: Adapt and deliver a Training of Trainers on EVI’s experiential learning curriculum, AgriMarket Simulation, in order to assist small-holder farmers in effectively balancing commercial production with household production;
  4. Eastern Caribbean: Carry out market opportunity assessment across five Caribbean islands to identify non-production enterprise opportunities for youth interested in the agricultural sector but disinterested in farming;
  5. West Africa: Provide research and writing support, as contributing author on USAID’s microREPORT #161, “Global Food Security Response: West Africa Rice Value Chain Analysis”;
  6. Mexico: Deliver a series of trainings using EVI’s AgriPlanner Simulation training tool to promote entrepreneurship and deliver farm business management skills to youth working in agribusiness;
  7. Haiti: Work within the vetiver sector to shift buyer and grower practices toward increased environmental sustainability in the production and processing of vetiver grasses and roots;
  8. United States: Provide business planning and technical support in Maryland to create a local greenhouse and aggregation center in partnership with community organizations and private sector actors; reduce bottlenecks in regional food supply chain and supply local, healthy food to anchor institutions such as universities and hospitals; and
  9. United States: Design a 10 week agricultural business development training program and conduct training of trainers for a farming education organization based in Atlanta, Georgia.