Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Supporting Private Investment for Inclusive and Sustainable Agriculture-Led Economic Growth

Event Date: 
Mar 05, 2020
9:30 am to 11:00 am EST
Online Event
USAID Bureau for Food Security


A core principle of USAID’s Global Food Security Strategy is to engage and partner with the private sector to achieve food security development objectives, and to promote inclusive agriculture-led growth in new markets. Over the last five years the USAID Investment Support Program (ISP), implemented by Dalberg Advisors, has conducted tens of engagements in multiple geographies across the sphere of private sector engagement in agriculture and investment facilitation. ISP has started to capture and disseminate learnings and insights from across these projects. This includes the development of a series of knowledge briefs that provide guidance to Missions, Operating Units and others in the sector on the design and implementation of impactful programs that catalyze private sector engagement and investment.  

Join us for an Agrilinks webinar, where we will review some of the work done, explore examples of investment support that have created meaningful impact, and discuss what lessons and guidance would be useful to better engage investors, investees, and enabling stakeholders to drive forward investment as a tool for positive change.


Dalberg Advisors

Afua Sarkodie is a Partner based in New York, and Team Leader for USAID’s Investment Support Program (ISP) – a 5-year program to facilitate responsible private investment across different sectors g

lobally. Afua brings over 15 years’ experience supporting national governments and international development institutions with organizational strategy, monitoring and evaluation, agriculture sector support and private sector development in emerging and frontier markets. Her work includes creating an entrepreneurship support strategy for a donor organization; analyzing the supply and demand for agriculture finance across multiple African commodities, and evaluating the economic and social impact of hotel investments in developing countries.

Dalberg Advisors

Carlijn Nouwen is a Partner in Dalberg’s Johannesburg office. Her main areas of focus are financial services; financial inclusion, and healthcare.

Carlijn is the global lead for Dalberg Advisors’ Inclusive Business Growth Expertise practice; working in particular on innovative finance and investment. She often works for private sector clients on market selection and market entry strategy to turn inclusive business into a lasting competitive advantage. She has worked with USAID’s ISP to conduct multiple projects assessing sector and crop viability in Malawi, Rwanda, Niger, and Liberia, as well as development and delivery of training around business models, business opportunities and investment opportunities.

Partner and Director
Dalberg Advisors

CJ Fonzi is a Partner and the Director of Dalberg’s Kigali Office. His experience spans a broad range of development issues including impact investing, agriculture, and SME finance and support.

He has worked with public and private sector investors, bi- and multi- lateral donors, non-profits, and multinational companies. CJ has lived and worked in South Asia, Africa, and the United States and currently resides, with his family, in Kigali Rwanda. CJ has deep expertise in Agriculture commercialization, including supporting USAID, through the investment support program (ISP), to assess commercialization potential and specific export potential in eight value chains in Rwanda and support Rwanda’s National Agriculture Export Board and Rwanda Development board to actively promote investment in these areas.

Project Manager
Dalberg Advisors

John Bazley is a Project Manager at Dalberg’s Washington DC office.

He has worked with private corporations, NGOs, and foundations on strategy development, investment support, economic analysis, and business model development. His focus is on agriculture, impact investing, inclusive business models, and financial inclusion. He recently worked with USAID and KfW to identify ways to fund private sector innovators addressing malnutrition in SSA through a results-based, challenge fund approach, and has worked with USAID in assisting an investor with additional due diligence regarding the funding and development of a manufacturing facility for AD syringes in SADC.

Agriculture Development Officer
USAID Bureau for Food Security

Janet is an Agriculture Development Officer in USAID's Bureau for Food Security leading work on agriculture investment.

She worked previously as the Land and Resource Management Advisor in E3's Land and Urban Office. She also served in USAID/Guatemala’s Economic Growth Office as the Agriculture Team Leader and in USAID/Cambodia’s Office of Food Security and Environment. Before joining USAID, Janet served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay and worked at the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. She earned a Master's of Environmental Science from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

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