Competitive Agriculture Systems for High Value Crops (CASH)
The CASH Program is a Feed the Future (FTF) financed program that will address key constraints across seven governorates that house over 5 percent of Yemen’s food insecure population, approximately 5.2m people. Activities under this value chain development program will seek to leverage the impact of humanitarian assistance and create synergy for sustainable agriculture programs. Goal: The CASH program’s goal is to create sustainable market systems that increase rural incomes and enable poor residents to purchase the food necessary to meet their daily nutrition needs thus improving food security. The CASH program is supporting the Republic of Yemen Government’s efforts to promote sustainable agricultural development by providing farmers access to high value markets and increasing their profit potential. The CASH program will link Yemeni producers to value chains in sectors such as horticulture, honey, coffee, livestock and handicrafts. It will be implemented in three phases: Market analyses to examine the on-the-ground reality as it relates to end markets, access to finance and water usage/availability, among other topics; Pilot projects to test three value chain approaches – commercial, small scale and vulnerable; and Scaling up of pilot projects and commercialization in identified value chains.
Objectives: 1) Market Access and Demand: Build cluster working groups as the basis of the value chains; Engage in export promotion activities (trade shows, trade missions, study tours and business to business events); Export trade training (market information and exposure to buyers is a critical aspect of facilitating trade – it is important that new opportunities are coupled with the capacity to meet international and private sector standards); Develop market information systems (with traceability) for business and farmer associations; and Build up producer organizations and farmer groups; 2) Value Chain Development: Increase access to inputs; Strengthen support service provision (technical and business/management); Accelerate innovative value chain technologies and services; Increase access to productivity-enhancing technologies; Improve physical market infrastructure; Integrate vulnerable households into value chains; and Increase nutritional impact on rural households; 3) Agriculture Credit Development: Facilitate additional capital from existing sources; Build financial institutions’ capacity; and Develop new products and improve financial service delivery.
Agriculture & Food Security, Trade & Investment
- Economic Recovery and Development