Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation is pleased to announce that it has been extended through September 2018, adding an additional year to the program!
This extension will allow Partnering for Innovation to develop public private partnerships with current and additional USAID Missions and ensure sustainable results. The extra year will help us provide additional in-depth business support for our partners and will allow us to more thoroughly assess the program's lessons learned and how these lessons can inform future development programs.
Through this increased partner engagement and opportunity to capture learning, Partnering for Innovation will continue to build partnerships that benefit smallholder farmers and businesses alike, as well as strengthening the development sector. We look forward to three more years of exciting work!
New Funding Opportunity in Mozambique
Partnering for Innovation with USAID/Mozambique is also pleased to announce a second round of funding for public private partnerships in Mozambique!
This funding round will focus on private sector companies that can improve smallholder productivity and income through increased access to inputs, technology, mechanization, financial services, and better agricultural and business management practices in the oilseed, pulses, and banana value chains.
MEA and FreshCo Team Up to Improve Smallholder Productivity
MEA Fertilizers, makers of BIOFIX, a legume inoculant, recently signed an agreement with FreshCo, a Kenya-based seed company, that will increase smallholder farmer productivity in East Africa.
BIOFIX improves soil health by boosting legumes' natural nitrogen fixing. With this agreement, FreshCo will start bundling BIOFIX packets with its certified seed varieties. MEA will see increased sales as BIOFIX becomes commercially available through FreshCo's extensive agro-dealer network, and farmers will see improved crop productivity and income through the dual benefit of access to improved seed and healthier soil.