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September 2014
News in Agricultural Technology
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Partnering for Innovation at the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue & World Food Prize 

At the upcoming Borlaug Dialogue and World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, Partnering for Innovation will lead a workshop to present and discuss a new guide, "From Smallholders to Shareholders: A Guide to Optimizing Private Sector Partnerships for Smallholder Impact.

This new guide details how to successfully implement private sector partnerships for smallholder impact, and the workshop will highlight case studies from the guide and feature speakers from companies who have successfully implemented the models showcased in the guide. An audience Q & A session will allow participants to delve deeper into the guide and its practical application to public private partnerships that benefit smallholder farmers.

This is the second year that Partnering for Innovation has held a side event at the Borlaug Dialogue, which this year addresses the question "The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on our Planet by the Year 2015?"

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Farmforce Ensuring Smallholder Access to United States Snow Pea Market

Forthcoming compliance with the US Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) could threaten Guatemalan smallholder farmer access to the United States' $280 million snow pea market. FSMA requirements will require Guatemalan exporters to adopt more extensive traceability procedures to allow importers to track production back to individual farmers. 

Enter Farmforce, a mobile platform designed for aggregators managing smallholder outgrower schemes. It provides an affordable, appropriate software solution to meet aggregators' business needs.

The technology is being introduced into Guatemala by a partnership between Partnering for Innovation, Mercy Corps Guatemala, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, and Fair-Fruit, a local exporter. 

Click here to see Mercy Corps' Peter Loach talk at the recent USAID Frontiers in Development Innovation Marketplace about how Farmforce is ensuring that smallholders continue to access this important agricultural market.

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New Partnership in Guatemala

Partnering for Innovation is excited to expand its work in Central America with the release of PI-SNAP-Guatemala-01, a solicitation with USAID/Guatemala for public private partnerships that impact smallholders in horticulture in Guatemala.

To kick off the solicitation process, Partnering for Innovation is holding a Bidders Conference in Guatemala. Representatives from private companies across Guatemala as well as from USAID/Guatemala will gather to learn about Partnering for Innovation's grant process and potential applicants will have the chance to ask questions about the solicitation.

This partnership between Partnering for Innovation and USAID/Guatemala represents Partnering for Innovation's third USAID Mission partnership and its first in Central America. 

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