ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth, higher living standards and vibrant communities in low-income countries and emerging democracies. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA has worked in 146 countries since 1963.
We specialize in building local capacity and thereby providing sustainable solutions to the most pressing and intractable development problems. Our activities span the development continuum, from meeting basic needs to highly interactive market integration.
We do not address single problems in isolation but rather integrate approaches from our five practice areas:
Food security requires the strengthening of many factors. To be truly food secure, people need access to sufficient and nutritious food but also, among other things, economic opportunities, a stable enabling environment and health and nutrition education.
ACDI/VOCA recognizes that in order to succeed in our mission, we must address the complex issue of global food security. Our approach to food security targets the most vulnerable and builds on our experience strengthening value chains and market systems. We work in local and regional markets to increase the availability and quality of foods and improve consumer access to and consumption of nutritious foods.
ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit that means business in our fight against poverty. We use a comprehensive, market systems approach to increase efficiencies along entire value chains—from crop production through processing and marketing. We strive to quickly—and sustainably—improve livelihoods through increases in productivity and profits of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses in developing countries.
Our interventions minimize market distortions and empower private and public sector stakeholders to act on their own behalf in a lasting and competitive fashion. We build the capacity of local farmers and agribusinesses and enable them to be market-oriented in all that they do. As a result they can realize new business opportunities, adapt to market shifts and sustain success.
Communities, as centers of power, influence and economic opportunity, are fundamental building blocks of all societies. They are also natural development partners for ACDI/VOCA.
ACDI/VOCA applies community-driven development approaches to contribute to livelihoods, alternative development and community stabilization. Through these efforts, we help create the basic conditions and fundamental building blocks for sustainable and equitable development.
ACDI/VOCA facilitates economic growth and poverty reduction by working through market systems. This approach drives wealth creation while ensuring that benefits reach down the supply chain to small-scale producers and other poor economic actors. Furthermore, ACDI/VOCA has in recent years been instrumental in formulating best practices and standards for market-system approaches and in helping the international development community adopt them.
We examine an entire market system in order to identify and address both constraints to growth and opportunities to increase competitiveness. We implement enterprise development projects that engage at critical leverage points where catalytic change can be triggered. Focusing not only on the value chain actors themselves, but also business support services, policymakers and end-market buyers and consumers, ACDI/VOCA builds the capacity of the whole market system to respond to shifting demand.
ACDI/VOCA helps to expand financial services to small enterprises and rural households. We identify and support critical changes that facilitate access by reducing the cost and increasing the efficiency of financial intermediation with farmers, micro and small enterprises and rural residents.
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