- Boosting Ghanaian Smooth Cayenne Pineapple Production
ACDI/VOCA helps smallholder farmers in rural Ghana adjust to market demands.
- Diversity and Entrepreneurship: One Colombian Company’s Innovative Strategy
SIMOUT, an outsourcing solutions company in Cali, Colombia, has discovered that ethnic diversity is not just an imperative of corporate social responsibility, but a crucial asset that benefits its bottom line.
- National Volunteer Week 2013
Join us in celebrating National Volunteer Week! Read about the many ways ACDI/VOCA volunteer experts help us fight poverty and build local economies worldwide.
- Great Programs in History: Accelerated Microenterprise Advancement Project
As we mark our 50th anniversary, we're reflecting on programs of particular impact and importance.
- Great Programs in History: SUCCESS Alliance
Public-private Cocoa Alliance Works to Fight Poverty in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
- Great Programs in History: Microfinance Bank Bai-Tushum and Partners
Kyrgyz Microfinance Institution Becomes Banking Model in Central Asia
- Farming as a Business
Learn how we help smallholders in developing countries to treat their farms as the businesses that they are.
- ACDI/VOCA's Capabilities Brochure
ACDI/VOCA has worked in 146 nations since 1963 to provide knowledge, opportunities and choices. Learn about what distinguishes ACDI/VOCA and our signature approach to international development. (PDF, 966 KB)
- Making a Mark: Our Signature Approach to Development
Read our 2009 annual report to learn about our impact last year and our ongoing efforts to empower people. (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- 2010 Annual Report
2010 presented us with formidable challenges as well as opportunities. Learn how we applied holistic development solutions to create lasting impact in 39 countries.
- We Are ACDI/VOCA
Our holistic approach is informed by our roots in volunteer assistance and U.S. farm cooperatives and credit banks. Learn more about our story through this new video.
- Short-term Volunteer Assignment Leads to Long-term Commitment
Coconut expert Randal Moore had just returned from a trip to Venezuela when ACDI/VOCA contacted him for an activity in Panama. A self-taught expert in palm trees, this expertise led to a life-changing volunteer experience.
- A Volunteer Who Swings for the Fences
What started out as a three-week Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer assignment in July 2002 has led to a robust Little League program where the crack of the bat was seldom before heard—in Uganda.
- Success in Vietnam
H’Bim Buon Krong manages three cocoa clubs, a seedling business and her own farm. “Until I became educated, I never knew it was possible for my life to change,” she says.
- Food Gives New Life
HIV/AIDS nearly destroyed an entire family in Uganda until ACDI/VOCA’s food distribution program brought them back from the brink.
- Formerly Overwhelmed by Poverty, Refugees Now Overwhelmed by Success
Our 2009 success story contest winner was David Lukungu of our Title II PL 480 program, for his story, which describes a farmers’ group that, despite terrible odds, is now thriving in northern Uganda.
- Former Head of West Africa Rice Development Association Volunteers for ACDI/VOCA
With the help of Board Chair Mort Neufville, ACDI/VOCA recently tapped the eminent Dr. Eugene Terry as a volunteer for its Promoting Agriculture, Governance and Environment project in Sierra Leone.
- Seaweed Farming Provides New Opportunities
In Tanzania, ACDI/VOCA has helped mariculturalists like Salim Hatibu, who through his seaweed sales was able to rebuild his home and send his children to school.
- Lebanese Pickle Pioneer Expands Reach in Agricultural Value Chain
Learn how our USAID-funded program in Lebanon helped a local pickle business launch its products in specialty stores and supermarkets from Asia to South America.
- Fish Farming Offers Promise in Sri Lanka
A volunteer’s visit to Sri Lanka helped a local aquaculture company improve its seabass-raising business, which should help 3,000 local fisher families boost their incomes by about $3 million.
- A Brighter Future for Paraguayan Youth
Learn how a carpentry association offers youth in northern Paraguay a chance to build their skills and a brighter future for their communities.
- World Report: Food Security and ACDI/VOCA's Signature Approach
Check out the newest issue of the World Report, which examines how ACDI/VOCA is meeting the challenges of food security around the world.
- Using the Power of Social Media
As an international development organization, we are driven by our mission to empower people to live better lives. And in that work there’s no denying there’s power in numbers. Connect to us to share in our work.
- New World Report: Investments in Youth Boost Economic Opportunities
Youth present both unique challenges and great promise in development work. Read our latest findings on how to engage this population to drive economic growth.
- Building Connections Through Technology
Information and communication technologies offer new solutions to many old problems. In this issue of our World Report, read how ICT advances our goal of expanding opportunities worldwide.
- From the Field: Photo Update of ‘Greenest of Gifts’ Impact
ACDI/VOCA's Kenya Maize Development Program program officer Jane Tum took these recent photos of impact that your donations made possible through the successful “Greenest of Gifts” campaign.
- Photo Essay: ACDI/VOCA and LifeGivingForce Provide Potable Water to Haitians
- Photo Essay: ACDI/VOCA's Continuing Work in Haiti
- Photo Essay: Greenest Gift Group
- Value Chain Approach
Learn about the emerging global best practices to enhance the competitiveness of SMEs.
- Value Chains Research & Tools
Access our value chain publications library to read case studies and briefing papers, download tools for practitioners and more.
- Specialty Crops
ACDI/VOCA fosters the sustainable development of the coffee and cocoa sectors to empower smallholder farmers to take control of their economic futures.
- Health and Nutrition
ACDI/VOCA believes individuals' and families' health and nutrition are crucial to ensuring food security, creating sustainable livelihoods and empowering people to seize opportunities for better lives.
- Coffee Offers Opportunities
Behind petroleum, coffee is the world’s second most commonly traded commodity. Learn how it also poses unique economic opportunities for rural smallholder farmers around the world.
- Sell More For More™
Our Sell More For More approach helps farmers earn more income by improving post-harvest handling and executing effective market-oriented business plans.
- Private Sector Alliances
Learn how we join with the private sector to empower people and businesses worldwide.
- Gender Integration and Women’s Empowerment
Women are key drivers of economic growth in emerging countries. Learn how we use an integrated approach to transform opportunities for women and men around the world.
- Community Infrastructure
Working hand-in-hand with communities to build or improve local, small-scale infrastructure—roads, school and hospital buildings, water and sanitation systems, and more—is intrinsic to ACDI/VOCA’s social and economic development activities.
- Civil Society Strengthening
We engage with voluntary social and economic actors, civic and social organizations together with other groups to build local capacities and strengthen local societies for the common good.
- ACDI/VOCA Helps Launch USAID Value Chain Development Wiki
Created under ACDI/VOCA's USAID-funded Knowledge and Practice II AMAP BDS Task Order, the wiki codifies value chain resources and enables users to learn about emerging best practices.
- ACDI/VOCA Observes World Food Day
This year’s World Food Day caps off an extraordinary year both for U.S. policy and international developments related to global food security.
- Namken Recognized for Developing Microfinance in Iraq
ACDI/VOCA Chief of Party Nadia Namken received a certificate of recognition from Tijara for helping to develop microfinance in Iraq. Tijara, which means “trade” in Arabic, is a large USAID project that gives out this top honor to only one person each year.
- Connecting Smallholders to Markets
With help from ACDI/VOCA, Gabriel Gils, a smallholder farmer in Colombia, now sells his quality coffee beans to U.S. roasters.
- From Seed to Shelf
Our Lebanon Business Linkages Initiative worked with key firms to improve the Lebanese tomato value chain from seed to shelf to increase jobs in rural areas and reduce rural poverty.
- Donate for Haiti's Recovery
Help us in our relief and recovery efforts.
- Give Kenyan Farmers the Greenest Gift
This holiday season give a group of Kenyan farmers the greenest of gifts: a drip irrigation greenhouse and training from an expert volunteer.
- Plant the Seed of Technology
We need less than $5,000 to meet our goal. Donate to help Egyptian farming families grow more and earn more through the gift of technology and education.
- A Brighter Future
The USAID Marla Ruzicka War Victims Fund is helping one family rebuild their lives in Iraq.
- Food Aid Nourishes Haiti’s Young and Hungry
ACDI/VOCA has an outspoken fan in southeast Haiti—Melissa Jean. She is one of 74 orphans in Jacmel who receive food rations through our programming.
- Photo Essay: ACDI/VOCA Responds to Earthquake Victims in Haiti