Feed the Future is looking to partner with private sector companies that:
We engage the private sector in meaningful, comprehensive ways to develop models that are integral to core business strategies and global food security. So, a public-private partnership isn’t solely about corporate social responsibility: We want to work with companies who see partnerships as making good business sense. You help us achieve our objectives, while achieving your own, and together we have a greater impact than if we worked alone.
In a public-private partnership with Feed the Future, the U.S. Government always puts up part of the money, as well as bringing our considerable power to convene, adjudicate, and monitor commercial enterprises. On your end, private sector investments primarily take two forms: cash or cash and in-kind resources. There may be other relevant resources, but they only complement a partnership, never create it.
Research, commercialization, improved seeds and fertilizers, breeding techniques, new technologies and innovations
Science and technology, such as improved seeds and fertilizers, can increase agricultural productivity. Investments in science and technology increase farmers’ access to affordable agricultural inputs and improved techniques and technology such as agricultural biotechnology, higher quality seeds, livestock feed, fertilizer, and best management practices. Increasingly, these investments are geared toward women to improve the likelihood of equal access.
Training, higher education, technical assistance, data, skills
Capacity building refers to activities that support the evolution of healthy agricultural economies and communities by strengthening institutions and human resources. It includes partners', host countries', and farmers' improving their ability to achieve measurable and sustainable results. Partnerships that increase capacity building address the means by which communities are better able to offer skilled workers, stable institutions, and robust commerce capable of overcoming root causes of poverty and hunger. Feed the Future works to improve the capacity of countries to take the lead in their own development.
Extension services, access to knowledge and information, training, facilities, studies, technical expertise
Feed the Future helps countries develop better inputs, such as seeds and fertilizers, and technologies that are tailored to local conditions. Partnerships support national research strategies and institutes, applied research projects, and the expansion of research capacity, including training local researchers and technicians.
Agricultural extension teaches farmers better techniques, adapted to meet local needs, particularly those of smallholder farmers, many of whom are women. Extension agents also bring news from town and help growers create a farm plan. They return often throughout each growing season to work alongside the farmers to increase the likelihood of a successful harvest.
Irrigation, infrastructure, climate-sensitive practices, training, outreach, mitigation, adaptation
Sound management of finite natural assets—including land, water, forests, and fisheries—provides multiple benefits for food production, environmental health, and nutrition. Watershed and landscape approaches can help maintain critical environmental services and goods, mitigate floods and droughts, and replenish aquifers. Feed the Future supports integrated resource management approaches, which are considered the best method to balance demands for resources among agriculture, people and ecosystems.
With no significant room to expand areas of cultivation in many countries, good stewardship of available land is essential to maintain productivity, ensure economic growth and clean water, protect biodiversity, and meet increasing global food demands. Mitigation and adaptation measures also help protect natural resources from degradation due to climate changes.
Credit, agriculture loans, policy reform, loan guarantees, banking services, weather insurance
An injection of capital at a critical point in a value chain can sometimes mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Private sector partners play a key role in facilitating access to capital for farmers to upgrade their activities and productivity, such as purchasing or renting equipment.
To increase access to financial services of all types, partners should be prepared to support host countries in reforming financial and insurance services—primarily for women—as a means of expanding the reach of financial institutions, particularly microfinance companies and foundations.
Risk and crop insurance, indexed insurance, micro-insurance, weather indices
Every farmer who walks a row, every herder who tends livestock, and every fisherman who baits a hook faces weather-related risk. Governments in industrialized nations have addressed agriculture’s inherent risks in a number of ways, one of which is to provide crop insurance. Private sector partners can help accelerate the availability and adoption of agricultural index insurance to mitigate risks to farmers, especially smallholder farmers.
Access to land, certification, property rights, registries and data systems, inspection services, business licensing, quality standards and monitoring, cadaster
Sound governance is crucial for encouraging investment in the agriculture sector and maximizing the social, economic and health benefits that accrue from these investments. Partners from both the private and public sectors can benefit from fostering a policy environment that encourages agricultural productivity, sustainable natural resource management, low-carbon strategies, open and transparent agricultural markets, and opportunities for trade.
Key areas of reform include:
Distribution of inputs, access to seeds and fertilizers, voucher schemes, dealer networks, agro-input industries
Feed the Future works with private sector partners to expand commercially sustainable agro-input industries and dealer networks, including small and medium enterprises, to ensure farmers have affordable access to quality seeds, fertilizers and other inputs.
Key activities include:
Feed the Future places particular emphasis on increasing equal access to inputs, techniques and technology for women.
Sourcing, infrastructure, equipment, critical market information, marketing, technical expertise
One of the most important contributions the private sector can make is to provide and expand producers’ access to markets. Private sector actors can enhance this process by providing expertise on technical issues such as volume and quality. Agriculture-related companies provide critical market information on product specifications, such as variety, size, color, moisture and sugar content, timing, and packaging requirements.
Private sector companies also make a big impact by buying and sourcing from local farmers and processors, especially smallholders.
Food processing, food safety, storage, warehousing, transportation and delivery, infrastructure
Improving post-harvest infrastructure, such as storage and transportation, helps markets work more effectively for agricultural producers and extends the reach of nutritious foods to local populations.
Post-harvest investments include:
Training, facilities, communication services, marketing, community programs and networks, studies/surveys, outreach
Feed the Future works to prevent undernutrition through community-based programs that increase household resilience and are built on the proven effectiveness of community workers, who often are the best change agents to deliver nutrition education.
These programs are based on an analysis of the specific social and behavioral patterns in each location and they promote nutrition messages aimed at improving key evidence-based practices, including:
Promotion of adequate water, sanitation and hygiene practices
New/diversified product lines, biofortification, micronutrient supplements, health services and monitoring, distribution, outreach
Feed the Future invests in improving nutrition throughout the value chain by funding research to improve the nutrient value of staple food sources and by encouraging post-harvest preservation and processing techniques that increase the nutrient content of processed foods.
Key nutrition services include community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) and micronutrient supplementation. The CMAM approach ensures timely detection and referral to medical authorities of chronic undernutrition. It makes services available at decentralized treatment points as well as through community outreach and mobilization.
Targeted micronutrient supplementation programs, including vitamin A supplementation for young children and iron folic acid supplementation for pregnant women, help save lives and reduce morbidity in the short and medium-term. Investments include programs to strengthen and integrate both national and decentralized health and social systems that are responsible for the planning, budgeting and cost analysis of nutrition service delivery.