NCBA CLUSA's Farmer-to-Farmer Project in Cacao


On Valentine’s Day, millions of people around the world buy chocolate for their loved ones. But as we share this holiday treat with our friends, partners and families, it’s important to understand where chocolate comes from.

Ecuador has a unique native variety of cacao beans known as Arriba or …

Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer of the Year Returns for Third Assignment in Zambia


When Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer Randy Shackelford traveled to Zambia in 2015 for his first USAID Farmer-to-Farmer assignment—and his first trip to Africa—he didn’t imagine the deep personal and professional connection he would end up making with the community in Chipata. He recently returned from his third Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment in the region—part of a larger three-month trip funded by the Full Belly Project (FBP) to scale-up production of the nonprofit's universal nut sheller, a simple hand-cranked device that curtails aflatoxin cross-contamination and significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to shell peanuts.

NCBA CLUSA Continues Supporting Vanilla Co-ops in Madagascar through New USAID Trade Hub Project


Through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development's East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, NCBA CLUSA is doubling down on its efforts to strengthen market-oriented vanilla cooperatives, increase incomes for vanilla farmers and create a more sustainable value chain with the Increasing Vanilla Value Chain Competitiveness project in Madagascar. This $100,000 USAID-funded project runs until October 2017 and leverages financial and technical support from a public-private partnership with a national vanilla exporter and a Fortune 1000 company.