In Madagascar, rice production is a key economic activity, with approximately 85% of households participating in its cultivation.

The sector still has potential to grow by introducing solutions that improve the efficiency and productivity of rice cultivation, build resilience against natural disasters like cyclones and droughts, strengthen infrastructure and enhance accessibility to markets and financial services. Through these interventions, Malagasy farmers can cultivate consistent quantities and qualities of rice, increasing their incomes and enabling prosperity and food security within the country.

Supporting this growth, the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program, implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) in Southern Africa…


Variety of legumes and seeds at market.

With better quality seeds, farmers can start the planting season off right, increasing productivity and stimulating quality yields. In Burkina Faso, the law protecting quality seeds was passed in 2006, putting it out-of-date with seed regulations passed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in 2009 and creating an outdated seed enabling environment that needed reform to best support farmers.

To help farmers get access to quality seeds, the five-year USAID Yidgiri activity, implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), collaborated with the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and national, regional and international seed stakeholders, like private sector…


By Margaret Anderson and Daniel Gies

Farmer irrigating his field in Ngoma District, Rwanda with solar-powered irrigation pumps.

Like all farmers today, smallholder farmers in food-insecure regions of the world are finding themselves caught at the intersection of climate change and the growing demand for food. Rising temperatures and changes in precipitation levels threaten food production and nutrition in countless rural communities that already struggle to satisfy their most basic food requirements.

And they are losing ground. A 2020 report found that nearly 690 million people — or 8.9 percent of the global population — are hungry, an increase of nearly 60 million in five years. Worse yet, food security will only…


Usha Palaniswamy shows two women farmers a green device next to the header text “Usha Palaniswamy from New York Reflects on Joining CNFA’s Ambassador Program”
Usha Palaniswamy shows two women farmers a green device next to the header text “Usha Palaniswamy from New York Reflects on Joining CNFA’s Ambassador Program”

In educational professional Usha Palaniswamy’s fifteen years as a Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) volunteer, one particularly active assignment in Zimbabwe in 2019 gave her the opportunity to let her pedagogy experience shine. At Fuve Panganai Irrigation Scheme in Zaka District, Masvingo Province, she used her educational and curriculum expertise to conduct interactive, hands-on demonstrations of soil testing and crop rotation to improve soil health and increase scheme’s agricultural productivity. With her support, the community began composting crop residues and adopting efficient business practices to ensure profitability within its first year of operation.

Proud to help this community strengthen its business, Palaniswamy finds…


Charles Williams with host farmers and header text that says “Charles Williams from North Carolina Reflects on Joining CNFA Ambassador Program.”
Charles Williams with host farmers and header text that says “Charles Williams from North Carolina Reflects on Joining CNFA Ambassador Program.”

During one of his first volunteer assignments with Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) in Moldova, farmer and agricultural consultant Charles “Bruce” Williams found himself snowed in and sheltering in place with Moldovan agronomist, Claudia, for several days. While neither spoke the other’s language, Williams says they learned to communicate and formed a strong bond and a friendship that has lasted many years.

Over a period of two decades, he has forged similar relationships with many individuals across his fifty-five assignments with F2F in twenty different countries. This year, he has chosen to use that experience to give others the opportunity to build similar…


To support agribusinesses, which are often considered high risk investments to financial institutions, in accessing agriculture-related finance, Feed the Future Mali Sugu Yiriwa activity, organized a Business-to-Business (B2B) forum on June 23, 2021, in Sikasso. Implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), Sugu Yiriwa aims to strengthen market systems and sustainably improve household incomes by facilitating the development of markets that are more inclusive, dynamic and functional and building the capacity of market actors to increase their market preparedness.

The forum brought together five financial institutions and more than 100 participants, including 30 women, to discuss funding constraints and…


As hazelnut trees bloomed this spring, the Georgia Hazelnut Improvement Project (G-HIP) and Georgian Hazelnut Growers Association (GHGA) welcomed two sets of twenty new graduate students to train them in hazelnut orchard management as part of its Future Leaders in the Hazelnut Sector trainings.

The students joined the program from several universities, including Agrarian University in Tbilisi, Akaki Tsereteli State University in Kutaisi, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University and Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi, and all with a strong commitment to working in Georgia’s hazelnut sector after graduation.


In Zambia, where agricultural livelihoods represent over 50 percent of the labor force[1], Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is working to facilitate opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector by partnering with educational institutions through its USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer: Southern Africa (F2F) Program.

Established in the 1950s, Katete College of Agricultural Marketing (KCAM) is located about 55 miles southwest of Chipata, the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. …


Youth at a Young Africa training supported by F2F volunteers.
Youth at a Young Africa training supported by F2F volunteers.

Recent volunteer assignments in Mozambique with the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program, implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), have fostered a budding relationship with Young Africa, an NGO that operates training centers for youth across Southern Africa.

Young Africa’s innovative, high-impact solutions to tackle youth unemployment across the continent with a focus on vocational training and entrepreneurship makes them an ideal partner for F2F, particularly as they provide hands-on agriculture training at their Young Africa Agri-Tech (YAAT) center in Dondo, Mozambique. …


Group of farmers with Marilyn Phillips with header text: “Marilyn Phillips from Minnesota Reflects on Joining CNFA’s Ambassador Program.”
Group of farmers with Marilyn Phillips with header text: “Marilyn Phillips from Minnesota Reflects on Joining CNFA’s Ambassador Program.”

Five years ago, Minnesotan and marketing consultant, Marilyn Phillips provided training to rural farmers’ association in Mozambique’s Chiluvo Valley. Throughout her time with the association in this part of central Mozambique, she offered advice on marketing, branding, product packaging and labels, new products, and fact-based selling strategies to the association as part of her Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) assignment with CNFA.

“The thirty to thirty-five attentive men and women I advised successfully implemented the training and achieved greater financial security,” she recalls, “The country was beautiful, the people lovely and the overall experience greatly rewarding.”

Since her first trip to Moldova in…

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