USAID – Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) Announces 26 New Grant Awards For Breakthrough Solutions

Original announcement appeared in USAID website on Wednesday January 12th 2022

DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION VENTURES NEW AWARDS

In 2021, DIV made 26 new multi-year awards to innovators and researchers developing, testing, and scaling cost-effective, evidence-based innovations in 7 sectors and 15 countries around the world. Since 2010, DIV has supported 252 awards totaling $172 million.

Here are Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) new awards:

DELIVERING CRITICAL INFORMATION, INPUTS, AND MARKET LINKAGES TO ONE MILLION SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN LATIN AMERICA

ACCESO

Stage 2: $1,495,800

Mexico, El Salvador, Haiti | 2021–2024

Despite progress in recent decades, nearly one quarter of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) face extreme poverty. Most of the 60 million smallholder farmers across LAC are disconnected from information critical for decision-making,such as weather forecasts and market prices for crops, and lack access to quality markets to buy agricultural inputs or sell outputs. Social agribusiness builder Acceso has joined forces with digital agriculture innovator and previous DIV Stage 1 grantee Extensio to develop a comprehensive approach to support farmers by combining specialized digital agriculture information with access to inputs, financing, and guaranteed yield purchases.

With support from Development Innovation Ventures, Acceso will strengthen its proprietary technology platform and farmer services, test new business models and partnerships, improve its data capacity to better monitor the impact of its services on farmer behaviors, and further analyze the cost-effectiveness of its model. Acceso will also conduct a randomized controlled trial in El Salvador to rigorously evaluate the impact of information alone and in combination with inputs and yield purchases for farmers. This evaluation will determine the most effective way to scale their new partnership-based business model.

Acceso anticipates that these efforts will result in 100,000 farmers connected to its digital service and 25,000 to its market access model.Acceso expects its customers will substantially improve their productivity and income by 2024.

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