Capacity Building


Commercial Agribusiness for Sustainable Horticulture

Zambian smallholder agriculture is dominated by a single crop, maize, and characterized be little private sector investment. CASH works with over 5,000 smallholder horticulture producers and processers in Eastern and Lusaka provinces to increase productivity, income, and employment, while strengthening their ability to meet market standards and access market opportunities. Small-scale farmers, women, and more vulnerable households also increase their access to improved technologies such as seeds and irrigation.


District Coverage of Health Services

Zambia has a largely rural population of 13.1 million, of whom 45% are below the age of 15. Although the population is relatively small, it is geographically scattered, making delivery of equitable and accessible health services and products, particularly for rural dwellers, challenging. Zambia has strong delivery platforms across the public and private sectors, guided by the National Health Strategic Plan. Nonetheless, the country has not met most 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets; achieving them will require sustained and accelerated efforts.


Gambia-Senegal Sustainable Fisheries Project

In West Africa, an estimated 1.5 million tons of fish are harvested annually from the region’s waters, with a gross retail value of US$1.5 billion. In The Gambia and Senegal artisanal fisheries make up a majority of the fisheries landings and contribute significantly to income 2 generation and local food security for coastal communities and for many communities inland where fish are traded. Some 200,000 people in the Gambia and 600,000 in Senegal are directly or indirectly employed in the fishing sector.


Enhanced Agricultural Productivity, Food Security, and Natural Resources Management

The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) conducts research and distributes information on climate and weather patterns, water management, market systems and agricultural statistics, and implements early-warning systems for ecological events that affect farmers. Through these endeavors, CILSS aims to help vulnerable populations of the Sahel and West Africa (WA) to better predict, adapt to and recover from their changing environment.


Palestinian Health Sector Reform and Development Project

USAID has supported the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health in its development of the public health sector since the ministry was established in 1994. Recognizing the ministry’s commitment to creating a successful, integrated health sector, USAID supported its National Health Reform Strategy through the Palestinian Health Sector Reform and Development Project.


Resources to Improved Food Security in Eastern DRC

The RISE program sought to reduce food insecurity among vulnerable families in North Kivu. The program was based on three key strategic objectives:

  1. Diversified production and increased incomes for small farmers;
  2. Improved nutritional status of pregnant and nursing mothers and children under 5; and
  3. Better governance of food security.

Tuendelee Pamoja

The objective of the Tuendelee Pamoja program was to improve food security among vulnerable families in two ways: by improving socio-economic conditions, and by improving the health and nutrition of individuals, women, and young children. Specific activities included, among others, agricultural training, seed multiplication and distribution, rearing livestock to improve soil fertility, credit associations, tree planting, good cooking practices, and hygiene demonstrations.


Jenga Jamaa II Project

Ranked 186th out of 187 countries in the UNDP’s 2013 Human Development Index, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) faces critical challenges that affect its capacity to ensure a peaceful and sustainable living for its inhabitants. While showing signs of political and economic recovery following the transitional process (2005) that saw insecurity declining and international donors supporting and funding programs anew, the country is still prone to violence and insecurity.


The Health and Finance Governance Project

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has traditionally operated in a highly centralized manner, with limited authorities delegated to the subnational levels. But in 2006, the new constitution made several profound institutional reforms based on the principles of decentralization. In the health sector, this reform has significant implications.


Maternal and Child Survival Program – DRC

USAID's Bureau for Global Health’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is designed to advance USAID’s goal of Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, and is currently working in 25 countries.