The accelerated Innovation Delivery Initiative, or AID-I, is a joint USAID and State Department $70 million initiative aiming to ensure that smallholder farmers in key food production areas of the Great Lakes Region have the information and innovation they need in order to offset the increase of food, fuel and fertilizer prices brought on by Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. 

Resource-poor smallholder farmers lack detailed information on available interventions for their fields and crops, and continue having low yields. This situation is made worse by the increasing prices of fuel and fertilizer. Women producers face even greater challenges accessing fertilizer, seed, financing and advisory services. 

Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has dramatically increased food and fertilizer prices. This negative trend impacts poor rural communities much more than others, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through AID-I, a series of strategic rapid-impact interventions, deployed over 6 to 24 months, will focus on critical food production systems that support agricultural populations of over 300 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative’s activities will potentially focus on regions in Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The overall budget is $70 million for Sub-Saharan Africa, $20 million of which is reserved for the Great Lakes Region. 

For more information, please contact USAID/Burundi.

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