Working with organizations, including the UN, World Bank, and national governments, at all stages of the humanitarian program cycle, to build resilience and strengthen communities to address future risks
The world is facing an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises; natural disasters and violent conflicts that can last for decades. The number of crises and of people needing both short-term emergency assistance and long-term support to recover is likely to increase.
Our work in the humanitarian field draws on many of Crown Agents’ established areas of expertise, including supply chain management, fund management, logistics support, public financial management, and health systems strengthening. We have proven that our expertise is as applicable for long-term support to fragile states, as it is for short-term emergency responses to major incidents.
We know how to access some of the world’s most unstable environments and deliver complex technical assistance programs that progressively increase a country’s capacity to protect its vulnerable citizens. We enable stakeholders, at regional, national, or local levels, to build their own institutional stability and financial autonomy.
We work throughout the humanitarian program cycle, including:
- Risk Reduction & Resilience Programming: We work to reduce risk and build resilience to withstand future shocks, supporting strength and stability in humanitarian crises and conflict.
- Humanitarian Response: We have a long history of partnering with donors and governments to provide swift humanitarian assistance when disaster strikes.
- Protracted Emergencies: We operate in the world’s most conflict-prone and fragile environments to deliver complex, long term technical assistance programs that maintain a country’s resilience and protect the vulnerable.
- Post-Crisis Recovery: We help countries rebuild following natural disasters and conflicts. We build institutional capacity to cultivate on-going stability and financial autonomy.
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Reducing risk and vulnerability in food supply chains through value chain and gender analysis, private sector development, and trade and transit facilitation
We provide analytical services and monitoring and evaluation, including indicator development, for agricultural projects. Our services address value chain strategies, private sector development, resilience solutions, scaling up adaptation for marginalized groups, gender analysis, and assessments of food security. Our work informs the design and implementation of agricultural investment and food security initiatives.
Growth in the agriculture sector has been found, on average, to be at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other sectors. Our market-based approach to agriculture identifies buyers first, and then works backward to set up strong, inclusive value chains. We focus on income generation and employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups, including women and youth.
Our food security track record includes helping to implement USAID's Feed the Future (FTF) Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative. By evaluating USAID programs in FTF focus countries and designing evidence based programs based on research and evaluation, we help ensure that future USAID programs include more marginalized segments of society and more effectively increase worldwide agricultural incomes.
Our core competencies include:
- Agricultural Development — improving yields and income through training and applied agricultural research in the areas of horticulture and livestock development.
- Capacity Building through Training — providing technical assistance to national government agencies and local non-government organisations to improve the enabling environment for rural development.
- Rural Finance — increasing access to finance through collaboration with private sector financial institutions.
- Value Chain Analysis — identifying products and services that offer the greatest potential for local communities to increase smallholder incomes and improve rural livelihoods.
- Trade and Transit Facilitation — transferring knowledge to improve trade between countries and regions and to strengthen storage and warehousing programs.
- Grants and Subcontractor Management — crafting innovative solutions delivering enhanced outcomes and greater global hunger-fighting structures.
- Emergency and Humanitarian Response — establishing procurement structures and carrying out quality inspections on emergency relief goods.