In partnership with prime contractor ACDI/VOCA, J.E. Austin is implementing critical Economic Growth and Competitiveness activities under USAID’s five-year Honduras Food Security, Agriculture and Resilient Market Systems Activity (Honduras FARMS). FARMS is a Feed the Future project operating in three key geographic clusters. JAA’s work under FARMS applies a market systems lens to four key value chains (coffee, dairy, horticulture, and MSMEs), and works through strategic partnerships with local partners.
In Year 1 of the project, JAA completed a rapid business development services (BDS) landscape analysis in the three clusters of interest, assessed for BDS demand and local BDS provider capacity, and provided the prime contractor with recommendations on operational strategies for aligning supply and demand for BDS. This deep analysis will inform future agricultural competitiveness activities in all project clusters. ****