In developing countries, lack of post-harvest infrastructure and downstream processing is one of the most common constraints to developing commercial agriculture, improving food availability, and expanding off-farm employment. Development efforts to improve farm-level productivity may be undermined by poor access to crop aggregation, storage, and processing facilities, leading to severe post-harvest losses and limiting farmer access to more distant domestic or international markets.
Tetra Tech promotes competitive agribusiness models, driven by demonstrated market opportunities, linking smallholders to commercial supply chains through mutually beneficial contractual relationships. Our approach builds trust between farmers and agribusinesses by promoting outgrower schemes; advance contracting; quality-based price premiums; and delivery of embedded services, such as extension services and credit, from buyers to contract growers. To facilitate enterprise growth and sustainability, we improve the business skills of agribusiness staff, facilitate access to credit and investment, adopt internationally recognized quality standards, and introduce modern value-adding technologies and practices.
Tetra Tech’s approaches include forming public-private partnerships to leverage a combination of grant assistance, private sector matching investment, and commercial finance to introduce modern technology, mitigate risk for innovative entrepreneurs, accelerate scaling up, and showcase models for private sector replication.
By demonstrating successful agribusiness models, improving food safety, promoting international quality standards, and building progressive supply chain relationships with farmers, Tetra Tech is able to catalyze large-scale adoption by other businesses to achieve scale and sustainability. As enterprises grow, Tetra Tech supports the expansion of professional training, internships, and job placement for men, women, and youth to meet private sector demand for new off-farm jobs.
Using our regional experience and market expertise to solve agricultural and economic challenges in Kosovo
Using economic development expertise and innovative technology to prevent counterfeit agricultural activity to improve Ugandan farmers’ livelihoods
Leveraging commercial sustainability to help bolster health; nutrition; and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions
Promoting agricultural-led economic growth through the increased use of high-quality agricultural inputs in Uganda
Introducing new, value-added crops to expand agricultural production and incomes in Macedonia
Developing a competitive agricultural sector by providing technical assistance and grants to farmers, lead firms, and value chain organizations
Supporting farmers with cultivating alternative crops to accelerate rural economic development
Building the capacity of local firms to operate within strong value chains within Haiti’s agricultural and construction sectors
Supporting commercial agribusiness operations in the production and marketing of high-demand, value-added agricultural products