Africa – Support for Food Security Activities (SFSA)

New IQC to Reduce Hunger, Improve Nutrition in Eastern, Southern Africa

ACDI/VOCA was awarded its largest USAID Indefinite Quantity Contract (IQC) as part of an expanded U.S. effort to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in eastern and southern Africa. This contract mechanism allows ACDI/VOCA and its partners to simultaneously address immediate humanitarian and longer-term economic development needs by integrating both into local and regional markets.

The five-year “Support for Food Security Activities” (SFSA) contract, which has a $500 million ceiling, represents a significant vehicle for USAID funding for agricultural development and food security programs in countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) as well as Tanzania.

It also represents a new USAID approach to harmonize regional hunger- and poverty-fighting efforts in these countries, where significant portions of populations face chronic food insecurity and the production of staple crops fails to meet local and regional demand.

In implementing this contract, ACDI/VOCA draws on its 50 years of agricultural value chain and food security experience in Africa to oversee efforts to integrate market-oriented humanitarian assistance with market-driven staple food production and trade promotion interventions. This holistic, interactive approach covers agricultural productivity, market facilitation and value chain development, trade facilitation, regulatory and policy reform, humanitarian response, information and knowledge management, organizational development, and short-term technical assistance. Interventions trigger a "virtuous cycle" of asset accumulation and expanded opportunities for income, health, and nutrition.

Activities and programs implemented through the contract support the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP) framework and efforts of key African institutions to increase investments in agriculture and promote regional trade and integration. ACDI/VOCA places a strong emphasis on partnering with private and public African organizations.

ACDI/VOCA works with specialized subcontractors to form an alliance of expertise to respond to USAID task orders:

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