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USDA People, Nature, and Spices Partnership (PENS)

worker handling equipment

Implementing Partners and Organisations

APASEM, Urku, Forliance, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

Period of Implementation

September 2022 - September 2027

Geographic scope

Americas: Peru


$ 28,065,000
€ 26 728 571


Bilateral Aid: USDA


Agriculture & Fisheries, Climate & Environment, Trade

Type of Activity

Governance and Organizational Strengthening, Institutional Building and Policy Dialogue, Technical Assistance & Advisory, Training & Capacity Building, Value Chains / Socioeconomic Circuits


To sustainably increase Peruvian spice productivity and trade under the new cost-effective PENS model in target areas, NCBA CLUSA will provide high impact innovations and models tested and developed in Peru (cacao and coffee), Indonesia, Timor Leste and Madagascar (spices), El Salvador (coffee and horticulture) and the Dominican Republic (dairy, beef and SPS). By working closely with private sector partners and the government, PENS will incentivize market demand-driven opportunities and employ agroforestry and other climate-friendly systems to build the resilience capacities of farmers, including women, youth, and indigenous communities, and other market actors at key intervention points

Project Objectives

Main goals include increasing the productivity and efficiency of the ginger, turmeric, and oregano value chains in Peru and improving and expanding the trade of these spices.

Impact on SDGs

SDG5 - Gender Equality
SDG9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG13 - Climate Action

Main Indicators

Number of hectares under improved management practices or technologies that promote improved climate risk reduction and/or natural resources management with USDA assistance. Number of individuals in the agriculture system who have applied improved management practices or technologies with USDA assistance. Value of annual sales of farms and firms receiving USDA assistance (U.S. Dollar). Number of private sector firms and POs adopted industry certification Standard. Value of agriculture-related financing accessed as a result of USDA assistance (U.S. Dollar)

Impact Measurement

Baseline, midterm, final evaluations, semi and annual indicator reports, research studies, impact evaluation

Direct beneficiaries

Organisations: 100

Individuals: 12100

Local stakeholders

Numerous Peruvian government agencies, local and international private sector partners, financial institutions like Rabobank Foundation and Ciderural, and many local cooperatives and associations of spice farmers

Key Tags

Employment, Entrepreneurship, Environment