The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today revealed it recently awarded a $61 million contract to Chemonics International, Inc., to boost the productivity and product quality of the Nigerian agriculture sector.
Chemonics is led by Richard Dreiman, a Harvard University and UC Berkley educated CEO who worked as a privately contracted advisor to USAID/Zaire before coming to the company in 1992. Indeed, the Chemonics executive team is composed of many former USAID officials and independent contractors, including ex-USAID staffers and current Chemonics Senior VPs James Griffin, Stephen Pelliccia, Chris Scott, and Douglas L. Tinsler.
Although Chemonics secured the award April 18, USAID did not upload the contract announcement to the FedBizOpps database until this morning (April 27).
As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor previously reported, Phase II of the Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprise in Targeted Sectors Program, or MARKETS, project seeks to build upon previous successes of the endeavor's initial phase (See "Phase II of Federal Project to Help Poor Farmers Forthcoming," Aug. 3, 2011).
USAID paid nearly $52 million to Chemonics for MARKETS Phase I.
Source document: Solicitation #SOL-620-11-000001.