ISCA-AIDC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a goal of supporting communities throughout the world. ISCA-AIDC believes in the right to self-determination, the dignity of each individual and incorporates dialogue, mutual respect, fairness and consideration of local culture, resources and capacities in all its activities.ISCA-AIDC's work focuses on three pillars:
Pillar 1 – Community Livelihood Development: ISCA-AIDC supports community livelihood development through the promotion of best practices in livestock and crop production and marketing. ISCA-AIDC utilizes a value chain approach to identify and mitigate risks to community livelihood activities and improve their sustainability.
Pillar 2 – Democracy and Governance: ISCA-AIDC believes that good governance and democratic principles are vital to community growth and transformation. ISCA-AIDC supports training in democratic processes and election/referendum observation missions.
Pillar 3 – Cooperative Development: A shared vision can be a powerful transformative tool! A cooperative approach formalizes this vision and develops strategies to achieve successful outcomes. ISCA-AIDC supports communities by assisting cooperative development and approaches to achieving their goals.
Dr. Fabienne Uehlinger currently serves as Co-Chair of ISCA-AIDC. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (large animal) and holds a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology.
David MacKay currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of ISCA-AIDC. David is an agri-food business consultant working both internationally and in the Atlantic region. He has previous work experience in Haiti where he presented a value chain model workshop to promote a business approach to livestock production. His experiences working with the cooperative model in the Atlantic region has been the basis of a cooperative model transferable to other regions throughout the world.
Valerie Busch currently serves as a board member of ISCA-AIDC. Valerie is a non-profit project manager and grant writer who has worked on development projects in Ghana, Haiti, and India. Over the course of her career, she has helped to design and implement projects in a wide range of development sectors including youth engagement and education, cooperative development, agricultural training and reinforcement, and adult literacy. She also writes freelance articles about promising innovations in international development, and her work has been featured on Innovate Development and Relief to Recovery.