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2013-07-01 16:27:02

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ACDI/VOCA and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) are launching an agricultural development initiative in Indonesia called the Cocoa Innovations Project, leveraging private-sector partnerships to help further develop the Indonesian cocoa sector. The project aims to improve cocoa farmers' incomes and efficiency through innovations in crop management and the application of information technology. WCF provided ACDI/VOCA a $300,000 grant for the...

2013-04-29 12:30:34

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today ACDI/VOCA's 11,000(th) volunteer returns from Lebanon, fresh from training farmers on a market information system. Such specialized ACDI/VOCA volunteers have traveled to 130 countries over the past 42 years. Their expertise has ranged from artichoke production to product packaging, from rural finance to slaughterhouse management, from animal breeding to coffee cupping. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120308/DC67185LOGO-b)...

2013-04-10 16:27:26

WASHINGTON, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For 50 years ACDI/VOCA's stock-in-trade has been agricultural development and food security. In 2003 we were called "the premier agricultural development NGO in the world" by USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios. In line with our longstanding commitment to the toughest, most intractable development challenge, feeding the world while improving livelihoods of the vast majority of the poor, we support food aid. (Logo:...

2013-03-29 12:20:24

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the US struggles with its own domestic and military budget reductions, sector leaders met to outline strategies that will help them increase their demining efforts in conflict and post-conflict regions through more in-country involvement and market-based incentives while receiving less direct funding from the US and western governments. An estimated 70 million landmines/UXOs exist in 70 countries (source: ICBL) from years of conflict, and...

2013-03-08 16:21:15

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today ACDI/VOCA marks its commitment to gender equity and women's empowerment with International Women's Day events in Washington, D.C., and countries around the world. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120308/DC67185LOGO-b) ACDI/VOCA Invests in Women Women are essential to economic growth in developing countries, and investments in women often return multiple dividends for families and communities. Yet in both developed and...

2013-03-05 16:26:39

Pledges to Address Poverty and Grow the Economy by Shifting to Electronic Payments WASHINGTON, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today ACDI/VOCA joins the Better Than Cash Alliance, an initiative founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, USAID, U.N. Capital Development Fund and Visa Inc., and commits to transition its worldwide operational and programmatic payments from cash to electronic. (Logo:...

2013-03-04 16:21:11

VEMASE BAUCAU, East Timor, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A mud crab and fish hatchery will be inaugurated by U.S. Ambassador Judith Fergin and the East Timor Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Sr. Mariano Assanami Sabino in a ceremony, March 8, 2013. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120308/DC67185LOGO-b) This venture in aquaculture development comes at a crucial time for East Timor, as the country seeks to diversify its economy and feed its growing population while...

2013-02-07 16:27:20

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year ACDI/VOCA celebrates 50 years of empowering people to succeed in the global economy. The international development organization was founded by U.S. farmer cooperatives to build local capacity and create sustainable economic growth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120308/DC67185LOGO-b) ACDI/VOCA has fostered broad-based economic growth, raised living standards and created vibrant communities in 145 countries. Its...

2013-01-09 16:23:12

Both Producers and Consumers to Benefit TAMALE, Ghana, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Getting a loan, storing crops, earning more from sales--all are about to become a little easier for Ghanaian grain farmers and traders with the recent issuance of the first grain warehouse receipts. This auspicious event took place in December in Tamale, in northern Ghana, a relatively poor area that is the focus of development efforts. The receipts are a record of deposit that can...

2012-12-07 12:20:50

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ACDI/VOCA's new World Report, Climate Change: Building Resilience in Changing Environments, examines climate-smart development approaches, highlighting practical ways to help communities adapt and thrive within a changing climate. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120308/DC67185LOGO-b ) "Responding to climate change is integral to our work," said Carl Leonard, president of ACDI/VOCA, an international development organization. "We...