SBAIC Member SSG Advisors, an 8(a) small disadvantaged business (SDB) based in Burlington, Vermont has been implementing the Agricultural Fast Track (AFT) Fund for the USAID/Bureau for Food Security.  The AFT is a joint partnership of USAID, SIDA and the African Development Bank and is a project preparation grant facility, which targets the 'missing middle' in investment in agricultural infrastructure in Africa.  

At a signing ceremony last month, the AFT signed an agreement with FENACOVICI in Cote d'Ivoire to support an $11 million investment in irrigation and other infrastructure improvements.  The investment will benefit more than 10,000 smallholder farmers, 90% of whom are women. For more information, check the AFT website: