Agriculture and Food Security

We help communities, nations, and regions address food insecurity by championing solutions that lead to resilient and sustainable livelihoods, including increasing agricultural productivity and production, expanding opportunities to increase and diversify incomes, and promoting socially and economically responsible safety nets.

We build a ladder between subsistence-level family farming and small-scale commercial agriculture. We also work to remove policy constraints that, while well-intentioned, tend to exacerbate rather than alleviate food shortages, especially during a crisis.

Our Experts


Alia Afshar-Gandhi works in the area of food security and agriculture, where she specializes in rural livelihood creation in post-conflict countries.

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Edwin Berk has made a career of building the businesses of professional services companies where public and private sectors intersect. After a brief stint teaching at Yale University, he joined a public policy consulting firm.

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Duke Burruss joined DAI in November 2010, bringing 30 years of experience centered on agricultural and rural development, marketing and distribution, competitive value chains, international trade and public-private partnerships.

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With more than 30 years of experience, Chuck Chopak heads our Technical Services unit.

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Ric Goodman’s focus is on solutions to extreme poverty and vulnerability, often in hard to reach areas. He broadened his work to include the provision of goods and services to populations in remote areas, often in fragile ecosystems and environments, where people’s livelihoods are inherently fragile.

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In the tragic wake of ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Balkans and Rwanda in the 1990s, Brenda Lee Pearson and a dozen colleagues launched the International Crisis Group (ICG) to better monitor the drivers of insecurity and conflict.

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As a seasoned proposal writer, technical specialist, and Chief of Party, Ben Rinehart brings significant depth of experience in providing strategic direction to program design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation

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Joe Sanders has 18 years of experience, including more than 10 years of full-time management experience on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Our Projects


Afghanistan—Regional Agricultural Development Program (RADP–North)

Through partnerships with USAID, Afghan Government agencies such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock and the Directorate of Women’s Affairs, and myriad development projects focused on stability, infrastructure, and agriculture, RADP-North leverages investments in agricultural value chains to optimize cost-effectiveness and incorporate lessons learned.

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Africa—Africa Lead II

Following on the original Africa Lead project, Africa Lead II is building the capacity of local leaders to develop, manage, and lead programs aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and food security.

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Bangladesh—Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Program

Funded under the Feed the Future initiative, this project works to improve food security by strengthening agricultural value chains.

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East Africa—Trade and Investment Hub

Growth in the five East African Community Partner States—Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda—has been robust but uneven, with millions of people left behind in poverty. Women, youth, smallholder farmers, and the poor are not fully represented in policy making or implementation nor integrated into the wider economic community.

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East and Southern Africa—FoodTrade ESA

FoodTrade ESA works to systemically improve the national and regional staple food market systems, directly impacting more than 400,000 households and consumers through stable markets for staple food products. The program works to enable private sector to invest and develop regional staple markets, benefiting farmers and consumers.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales is working with 30 Feed the Future municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

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Haiti—Appui a la Valorisation du potentiel Agricole du Nord, pour la Securite Economique et Environnementale (AVANSE)

Feed the Future AVANSE works with both farmers and vendors to address key constraints within production and value chains, from improving watershed stability and irrigation infrastructure, to increasing access to financial products and produce buyers.

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Afghanistan—Regional Agricultural Development Program (RADP-East)

With plans for key infrastructure investments such as electrification and regional airports hubs, the farmers and agribusinesses of eastern Afghanistan are well positioned to take part in the country’s growing economy and benefit from expanding international trade opportunities.

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Somalia—Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia

The Promoting Inclusive Markets in Somalia (PIMS) programme takes a market development approach, using the Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) methodology to stimulate inclusive economic growth. PIMS works through the private sector to support the functioning of markets in key sectors by addressing weaknesses in small-scale productive infrastructure, a chronic lack of market information, and limited access to finance.

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Feed the Future Southern Africa Seed Trade Project

This project provides technical assistance to help harmonize seed regulations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which will allow seed trade across the region, thereby integrating smaller and isolated national markets into one larger SADC market for seeds.

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Worldwide—Technical and Advisory Services for Social Transfers Transfers for Food Security and Nutrition (ASiST III) Programme

DAI is helping the European Commission to increase the impact, quality, coverage, and sustainability of social transfer schemes that target food and nutrition security.

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Ghana—Market Development (MADE) in Northern Ghana

This project is part of DAI’s framework contract with the U.K. Department for International Development and is being implemented by Nathan Associates UK. DAI is consulting the project on aspects of climate resilience.

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Honduras—Technical Assistance to Food Security, Nutrition, and Climate Resilience in the Dry Corridor (EUROSAN)

The work of EUROSAN is focused on the dry corridor in Honduras, home to some of the country’s most marginalised citizens. DAI provides technical assistance under this five-year food security and nutrition project, which is led by Belgium-based Agriconsulting and supported by DAI and Nicaragua-based Simbiosis.

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Southern Africa—Trade and Investment Hub (SATIH)

When the U.S. Congress and the White House celebrated the reauthorization of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) it reconfirmed the United States’ commitment to helping Africa become the world’s next major economic success story. Despite major gains in trade and market expansion, countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) still face significant obstacles to sustained economic growth.

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Mozambique—Feed the Future Agricultural Innovations (INOVA)

The Feed the Future Agricultural Innovations (INOVA) project partners with farmers, businesses, and policymakers to explore ways to improve production and increase sales of key cash crops vital to Mozambique’s economy.

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