Beekeepers in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region of southeastern Madagascar
Beekeepers in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region of southeastern Madagascar
Beekeepers in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region of southeastern Madagascar

An Arkansas-based F2F veteran, Ed Levi, teamed up with Madagascar-based Mbola Razanakolona to tackle the beekeeping challenges facing beekeepers in the Vatovavy Fitovinany region of southeastern Madagascar as part of the United States Agency for International Development-funded John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program in Southern Africa and Moldova, implemented by CNFA.

Since 2010, many Malagasy beekeepers have had difficulty confronting the invasive Varroa mite, which infects hives. In some regions, up to 90% of honey production has been lost due to infestations. Varroa has become such a hazardous pest that the government declared it a national disaster in…


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The USAID-funded Southern Africa Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program, implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), is collaborating with several USAID-funded Innovation Lab projects led by leading U.S. universities. These partnerships will connect F2F-assisted farmer organizations, agribusinesses, ministries and others with the expertise and innovations from these projects using a diverse set of models.

Working with the Feed the Future Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) at the University of Illinois and the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS), F2F will offer support to agro-processors in Southern Africa. Many agro-processors and farmers in the region lack the most up-to-date expertise and resources available to…


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Georgian students examine pest traps.

Georgian university students and interns working alongside scientists and program staff from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently presented research findings on key pest populations to representatives from USAID and the Georgia’s National Food Agency (NFA). The young researchers shared their findings on December 7, 2020, during the Scientific Students’ Conference held by the USAID Agriculture Program implemented in Georgia by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA).

The students who represented Tbilisi State University, Batumi State University, Agriculture University of Georgia and Kutaisi State University — studied pests such as the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (BMSB), Tuta absoluta…


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U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Richard K. Bell (left) and the Ivorian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Honorable Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, (right) at PRO-Cashew launch event in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

On November 19, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) West Africa Cashew Project (PRO-Cashew) implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), officially kickstarted the project with a launch ceremony on Thursday, November 19th at the American Andrew Young Center in Abidjan.

The event served as a platform for dialogue between stakeholders in the West African cashew sector, and highlighted the project’s objectives to boost the competitiveness of the sector by improving the efficiency, quality and policies related to cashew production and trade. …


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The Agrostoc cooperative was founded in August 2001, when 15 Moldovan farm service stores created a U.S.-style input supply cooperative. Their goal was to improve the quality of inputs for farmers, while earning bargaining power with foreign suppliers.

Through the continued support of 17 volunteers from both the previous and current Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)-implemented Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) programs, Moldovan farmers can now access reliable and affordable quality inputs through the cooperative.


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Companhia de Zembe CEO, Antonio Manjate at the company headquarters in Chimoio. The slogan at the top reads “Together We Invest in Success.” Photo courtesy of Antonio Manjate.

The proliferation of counterfeit seeds and low-quality agricultural inputs is a major challenge in Mozambique. Antonio Manjate, owner of seed supply company — Companhia de Zembe, sought to overcome these challenges by establishing an agribusiness to supply reliable, high-quality seeds that meet both regional and international quality standards. Through support from Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) implementer Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), Manjate steadily progressed his business and developed the tools that were needed for success.

Manjate started his business in 2011 with a focus on grain production before shifting the focus to seed supply. From 2012 to 2019 he hosted seven…


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Since 2019, the Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)-implemented Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program has worked side-by-side with the USAID Mission in Zimbabwe to address knowledge gaps within farmer associations and cooperatives selected from four USAID projects — two Feed the Future projects: the Crop Development and Livestock Development programs, and two food security programs: Amalima, and the Enhancing Nutrition, Stepping Up Resilience and Enterprise Project. Together, the four USAID projects support 333,000 beneficiaries and represent a robust network for potential F2F collaboration.

To date, 16 joint F2F assignments have been implemented, including farmer trainings aimed at controlling a potentially devastating maize…


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Pests and disease threaten crops in every country around the world, and Malawi is no different. Since the mid-1990s, smallholder farmers in the southeast African country have seen banana bunchy top virus (BBTV) wreak havoc on their plantations. According to the Malawian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, almost 70 percent — more than 30,000 hectares — of Malawi’s total banana production area has been lost due to the disease, which is transmitted unknowingly through infected banana suckers — shoots from the plants’ roots that are used for new plantings.

Hortinet Foods Limited is a farming business owned by Frankie…


By: George Managadze

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Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) recently joined U.S. and Georgian officials to celebrate the opening of two USAID-funded agricultural facilities that reduce post-harvest losses and secure farmer incomes in the Kakheti region of Georgia.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia Levan Davitashvili, USAID representatives and local farmers were among the attendees who convened on Oct. 2 for the opening ceremony of the Agricultural Cooperative Agrostore cold-storage facility, and the launch event for the new Kakhetis Tkhili Ltd. hazelnut husking, drying and storage (HDS) facility.


Georgia celebrated high-yields for its 2020 hazelnut harvest following successful interventions from the USAID-funded Georgia Hazelnut Improvement Project (G-HIP) to combat the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).

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Georgian hazelnut harvest

In 2014, Georgia produced thirty-five thousand tons of hazelnuts and generated $186 million [1]in exports of hazelnuts worldwide. But in 2016, production declined dramatically due to the onset of the BMSB infestation which devastated the hazelnut sector in the region. In response, the government launched a campaign to control the BMSB population with the joint efforts of partners such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID), governmental agencies, farmers, researchers and the…

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