August 18, 2021

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS WALK A LONG ROAD TO EXPORT AVOCADOS
New avocado producers in Pedernales, Dominican Republic, are introducing new growing techniques that are transforming the economy of the southeastern province. As avocado farms grow, they displace more traditional, but less lucrative, crops.

Gilberto and Cesarina Espinal, along with Gilberto’s brother Sendy, are young entrepreneurs with an interest in avocados dating back to 2018….

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August 11, 2021

Youth between the ages of 15 and 35 comprise 67% of the Tanzanian labor force. This group has the potential to make significant contributions to agriculture and food production as well as drive positive change within their communities and beyond. To further unlock this potential, the USAID-funded IESC Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Access to Finance Program addresses challenges and barriers in the agro-financing ecosystem to support youth in Tanzania….

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June 17, 2021


Cocoa Producer Finds Success Learning from Other Farmers
Nagua is a small town in the Dominican Republic, and locals would not describe it as an agricultural hub. But Nagua native Pedro Martínez is committed to continuing the family…

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May 24, 2021

ONLINE VIDEO CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES YOUTH TO MAKE PROACTIVE EDUCATION AND CAREER CHOICES
Geography, economic class, poor access to information, and cultural or parental preferences, frequently combined, leave youth in Sri Lanka with little independent choice in their educational or career paths. As a result, they are in the habit of passively accepting the career outcome that unfolds for them based on their environment and circumstances. To…

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April 8, 2021

Biofcacao is a growing cocoa processing and export company nestled in the hilly Dominican town of Villa Altagracia. The company draws on local producers and is an important driver of the local economy.

Biofcacao has been around since 1998. In the last few years, the company has earned several international certifications to respond to increased global demand for Dominican cocoa. These certifications include Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, USDA…

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February 9, 2021

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2020

As part of the USAID Workforce and Higher Access to Markets (WHAM) Activity, a grant was signed with SIK d.o.o. Mostar with the aim of aligning production with modern technologies.

In today’s global economy, it is critical for export-oriented metal processing companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to operate on the forefront of welding technologies, which requires a highly skilled workforce….

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