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 is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of economic growth, workforce development, and competitiveness projects in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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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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Bronwyn Irwin is an agricultural economist who specializes in strengthening agricultural market systems to increase competitiveness while preserving natural resources, increasing food security, and integrating gender.

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Rich Magnani has worked in agriculture and agribusiness for more than 30 years—first in commercial consulting and the past 25 years at DAI with a continuing focus on agriculture development by leveraging public private partnerships.

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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, 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

The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub is the U.S. Government’s flagship project under the presidential Trade Africa initiative, which works to increase U.S.-Africa trade and investment, regional integration, and competitiveness.

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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.

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Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Nexos Locales works with 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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Lebanon—Industry Value Chain Development (LIVCD)

Lebanese agricultural products have the potential to compete well in regional and international markets; however many products require improvements in terms of quality and specifications to meet customer demand, leveraging the country’s significant assets and abundant talented human resources.

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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—Advisory Service Social Transfers (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

The Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub supports Southern Africa to create a well-integrated regional economy that delivers tangible economic benefits and improved food security for the people of the region through increased global competitiveness, trade, and investment.

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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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