ACDI/VOCA is U.S.-based private nonprofit development organization that advances the
pace of progress in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a
comprehensive range of technical assistance services and strategies, ACDI/VOCA benefits
small and medium-scale enterprises, particularly agribusinesses, private and public
associations, governmental agencies and others.
ACDI/VOCA offers both long-and short-term assistance that focuses on economic growth at
the grassroots level where long-lasting advancement begins and democratic traditions take
hold. As appropriate, ACDI/VOCA provides a mix of volunteer-experts and consultants, as
well as methodologies honed through years of economic development success. This assistance
is tailored to meet the unique needs of every ACDI/VOCA partner.
ACDI/VOCA identifies and opens economic opportunities for farmers and other
entrepreneurs worldwide by promoting democratic principles and market liberalization,
building international cooperative partnerships and encouraging the sound management of
- Cooperative and association development
- Rural Finance
- Agricultural production, processing and marketing systems
- Natural resource management
- International agribusiness partnerships
- Volunteers Services
- Food for Development
ACDI/VOCA Azerbaijan Project Overview
ACDI/VOCA is currently implementing three projects in Azerbaijan: 1) Farmer-to-Farmer
project that started in October 1999, 2) Azeri Rural Credit project, June 2000, and 3)
Central Area Economic Opportunities (CEO) project, June 2000. The ACDI/VOCA Baku office
directly manages the first two, while the third is run from ACDI/VOCAs Gence
Farmer-to-Farmer (FTF) project
Under the Farmer-to-Farmer program, ACDI/VOCA has been focusing its technical
assistance on farmer and agro-entrepreneur training in increased agricultural production,
food processing, agribusiness development, and agricultural information systems. ACDI/VOCA
focused its agricultural development efforts in some of Azerbaijans more progressive
regions. ACDI/VOCA has been working with progressive private farmers, farm organizations
and agro-entrepreneurs primarily in Masalli, Gelilabad, Quba, Sheki and the Absheron
The project focuses on the horticultural sub-sector to assist producers; processors and
marketing firms target specific niche markets that were identified by ACDI/VOCA and
Agro-Meslehet, an ACDI/VOCA founded and supported Azeri nonprofit agricultural consultancy
group. Agro-Meslehet assists Azeri agribusiness entrepreneurs in production, product sales
and marketing, and promotes U.S. manufactured agricultural equipment in rural Azerbaijan.
Agro-Meslehet employees more than 100 consultant/technical experts.
Azeri Rural Credit Cooperative (ARCC) project
In June 2000, ACDI/VOCA Azerbaijan received funding from the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) to establish rural cooperative credit system in
Azerbaijan to support the growth of private agriculture and agribusiness in Azerbaijan.
ACDI/VOCAs rural credit cooperative system will consist of a central credit
cooperative and nine branch cooperatives providing small and medium-size loans ($5,000 on
average) to agricultural enterprises on sustainable basis. Preliminary target regions for
the cooperative credit systems include Masalli, Gelilabad, Lenkoran, Guba, Gakh, Sheki and
Central Area Economic Opportunities (CEO) project
To empower conflict-affected communities (IDPs,
refugees and local population) to attain economic self-reliance.
To integrate the economic activities of IDPs,
refugees and local population through market chain participation and broadening technical
and managerial capabilities.
- Market chains established
- Associations developed
- Markets created, expanded, integrated
- Business opportunities created for trained beneficiaries: individuals, groups,
- Jobs created
- Incomes increased
- 50% of 11,600 training participants with documented change in knowledge.
- 2,500 of 11,600 training graduates successfully apply knowledge in 2 years resulting in
an increase in profitability or productivity.
- 18 groups created: 8 CERGs, 6 farmer groups, 3 cooperatives, 1 association functioning
and resulting in increased economic activity.
- 8 Core Enterprises established and operating.
- 328 enterprises formed/sustained including Core and Secondary Enterprises, other groups.
- 900 part-time and full-time jobs created/sustained.