Cardno turns to agribusiness
The approach has been applied globally in Pakistan, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea (Market Development Facility, MDF), Cambodia, Timor-Leste (USAID’s Avansa Agrikultura), Turkmenistan (SARD III, and the Palestinian Territories (AMENCA III).
In Uganda, Cardno has supported agriculture and rural development for decades, currently implementing the Resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains project. The project promotes a market-systems approach to improve 40,000 farmers’ and businesses’ resiliency and access to local markets. Earlier in Uganda, the NUREP program began in 2006, then as Cardno Agrisystems, helping to build flood defences in rehabilitation project.
Cardno is leading DFAT’s flagship agriculture program, and has implemented over 10 agriculture projects benefiting more than 330,000 farmers by stimulating market participation and linkages. Through the Cambodia Agriculture Quality Improvement Project (AQIP), Cardno linked fruit and vegetable value chain stakeholders by establishing 24 farmer/marketing groups, resulting in increased incomes for farmers and marketing agents. Some 200,000 farmers are estimated to have benefited from improved yields and reduced losses, with an economic rate of return of more than 80%. AQIP also established one of the first private sector agribusinesses in Cambodia, AQIP Seed Company, which has been sustainably run and owned by Cambodians since 2001.
For the past decade, Cardno has been implementing the Cambodia Agriculture Value Chain Program (CAVAC). This supports the increased productivity and incomes of small farmers by strengthening market systems, wider access to markets and investing in irrigation infrastructure. CAVAC also developed an innovative information and communications technology (ICT) mobile tool, RaPiD, which substantially improved information services on pest issues to farmers and pesticides companies. [See CAVAC video.]
Similarly, nearly 30 years’ experience in Timor-Leste continue under COVID-19, supporting the crucial food supply chain from farmer to buyer through virtual trainings, connecting groups through apps, and supply and demand awareness to continue sales through expanding technology and other tailored outreach solutions under the country’s lock down. We have even helped farmers and local law enforcement interpret new regulations under the state of emergency to continue the movement of food in the country.
Our work in agribusiness development extends to the Balkans.
We developed the branding of exports to express that Serbia is open for business in the food industry, specialty foods and organic, and created the guarantee scheme financed by the government, USAID, and U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
This specifically focuses on the underserved agribusiness sector, smaller companies, and underserved regions of the country, particularly crucial during COVID-19 and setting up the system for resilience under future market shakeups.
Cardno is making an impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) agricultural sector development by increasing its export competitiveness. Cardno is helping to create agricultural and agri-business economic opportunities by assisting agricultural producer organizations in adopting E.U. and international agricultural and food standards and new production techniques.