News and Events

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2021

June 22nd, 2021  

Connexus recently circulated its quarterly newsletter for Summer 2021! Follow the link below to view the newsletter and learn more about the 10 year anniversary of Cracking the Nut, as well as the inauguration of new packaging lines in the potato and onion packing houses in Podor region of Senegal! Connexus is also excited to announce its participation in the International Fair of Agriculture and Animal Resources (FIARA), held in Dakar, Senegal. Finally, Connexus welcomes a new member to the home office staff, Aiden Hall! To read all about this and more, follow the link below:

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2021

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2021

March 22nd, 2021  

Connexus and its partners are excited to bring you Cracking the Nut 2021! To learn more about the event, as well as Connexus’ work as a prime contractor in Senegal and its work supporting recovery from the pandemic and improving access to finance through digitization in Tunisia, check out this quarter’s newsletter! Connexus would also like to welcome three new members to its home office staff: Steve Norwood, Almaz Teju, and Emily Marks! To find all of this and more, follow the link below:

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2021

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2020

December 22nd, 2020  

Check out Connexus’ Quarterly Newsletter for Winter 2020! Follow the link below to learn more about Connexus’ preparation for Cracking the Nut 2021, as well as the work being done around Public Financial Management in Zambia. Connexus is also excited to announce that it has partnered with Deloitte Consulting LLP on a three-year project (2021-2023) that uses a private sector prize competition to incentivize uptake of Warehouse Receipt Systems among smallholder farmers in Senegal!

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Winter 2020

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2020

September 22nd, 2020  

Connexus recently circulated its quarterly newsletter for Fall 2020! Click on the link below to view the newsletter and learn more about Connexus’ work with Winrock International and USAID in Nigeria, as well as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Connexus’ Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2020

Connexus Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2020

July 15th, 2020  

Connexus recently circulated our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2020! Click on the link below to view the newsletter and learn more about Connexus’ first USAID prime contract and see how Connexus is working to support businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 in Tunisia and throughout West Africa.

Link for Connexus’ Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2020

Connexus Wins its First USAID Prime Contract: Feed the Future Senegal Nafoore Warsaaji (Gardens of Abundance)

May 22nd, 2020  

We are excited to announce that Connexus Corporation was recently awarded its first prime contract for the Feed the Future Senegal Nafoore Warsaaji (Gardens of Abundance) Activity. This 3-year, $2.9 million activity funded by USAID as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, kicked off startup activities in Senegal on March 11, 2020.

The activity will employ market-based approaches to link Senegalese vegetable and fruit farmers with market information and proven technologies. In particular, Connexus will collaborate closely with NCBA CLUSA’s Feed the Future Senegal Kawolor Project to link women farmers to an array of value chain actors including input suppliers, Last Mile Entrepreneurs (LMEs), off-takers, transporters, and buyers by fostering creative partnerships and providing innovative finance products across the horticultural value chain.

Connexus anticipates that by the end of three years, 20,000 farmers will benefit from new technologies that will enable a 50% increase in smallholder gross margins, substantial increases in horticultural sales and significant increases in private sector investment in Senegal’s horticulture value chains. Connexus’ work will foster better organized horticulture value chains with increased access to finance, enhanced technical assistance, improved adoption of technology by growers, and structured deals between end-market buyers and growers.

While Connexus is currently in the early start-up phase of the project, be sure to check out our Twitter and Facebook pages for more regular updates as the activity progresses!

About Feed the Future: Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov.

This publication was made possible through support provided by Feed the Future through the U.S. Agency for International Development, under terms of Contract No. 72068520C00001. The Opinions expressed herein are those if the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development