Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation

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As part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program that helps the private sector scale and market agricultural technologies for smallholder farmers through investing in technology commercialization and knowledge exchange. Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation also works with USAID Missions to create and manage public-private partnerships that can improve agricultural productivity. Through its online community, the AgTechXChange, the program facilitates connections and knowledge sharing among entrepreneurs, investors, and nonprofit organizations.

Commercializing New Agricultural Technologies

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation invests in businesses

that are ready to introduce innovative agricultural technologies into developing markets. The program is working in 14 countries with 67 global partners (including 41 sub partners) who are making 65 new agricultural products commercially available to smallholder farmers, including:

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation supports USAID Missions to partner quickly and efficiently with the private sector to address pressing food security challenges. Features of the program include:
Supporting USAID Missions

  • Designing partnership solicitations
  • Developing the solicitation process
  • Providing analysis and other technical assistance
  • Managing partnership grants through business metrics
  • Securing private sector co-investments for grant activities, including funding and in-kind contributions

Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is currently working with USAID Missions in Benin, Guatemala, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Ukraine.

Achieving Results

Results achieved from September 2012 through September 30, 2015 include:

  • $71 million committed to commercializing new agricultural technologies, including almost $43 million in private sector co-investment65 new technologies or management practices now commercially available to smallholder farmers
  • 222,654 smallholder farmers increasing their productivity and incomes by using Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation-supported technologies  
  • $2.58 million in sales of new agricultural technologies to smallholder farmers by U.S.-based, multinational, and in-country businesses
  • 1,300 companies, nonprofit organizations, universities, and investors connecting on the AgTechXChange, Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation’s online community

For more information, please contact innovation@fintrac.com.