President Obama emphasized the role of the private sector when he announced the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition during the 2012 G-8 Summit, with the intent of leveraging more than $3 billion from 48 African and multinational companies. VEGA’s members are poised to play a strong supporting role in this initiative, having established partnerships with companies such as John Deere, Heinz, Mars, Pepsi-Co, Coca-Cola, Hershey, Nestle, Cargill, Vegpro Group, AGROTECH, and the World Cocoa Foundation.
Approximately 75 percent of people in developing countries live in rural areas, with the vast majority dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. With a global population estimated to reach nine billion by 2050, food production will need to increase by 70 percent, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization. VEGA supports USAID’s Feed the Future initiative by bringing food security to the most vulnerable populations in the developing world. VEGA’s member NGOs are implementing more than 250 programs in Feed the Future countries, including USAID’s John Ogonowski and Doug Bereuter Farmer-to-Farmer Program.
VEGA members are actively supporting:
- Economically competitive agribusinesses to scale-up and contribute to improving the overall agriculture sector, attracting more farmers into modern, high potential value chains;
- Innovation and technology dissemination — we help identify innovative technologies, coach and mentor selected innovators, and facilitate wide-scale adoption and commercialization of high-impact solutions to farmer-identified needs. We work closely with the local government, institutions, women’s organizations, universities, and business owners to ensure access to the knowledge garnered and technologies developed;
- Sustainable approaches to increasing crop productivity, including no-till and minimum till production, and sound soil and water management practices;
- The adoption of enhanced agricultural practices by employing a farmer field school approach, building on existing farmer networks and employing local “lead farmers” as key trainers;
- Agrodealer networks to sustainably provide small holder farm access to input supply, credit, extension services, and fair prices for their produce;
- Refrigerated storage and transportation infrastructure;
- Scaling market system models able to reach large numbers of direct and indirect beneficiaries, including vulnerable populations, while increasing trade for targeted commodities; and
- The creation of viable BDS and agricultural service providers, such as tilling, spraying or irrigation providers that can respond to needs within specific commodity value chains.