Facilitating Systemic Change: Insights from Feed the Future Programs in Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana, and Zambia
Systemic change is often talked about, but poorly understood. Join us as we explore how four Feed the Future projects in Sub-Saharan Africa contributed to changes in the systems in which they worked, across varying market enabling environments and using a range of programmatic approaches.
Hosted by the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) activity, this webinar will draw out implications from these four cases and explore how projects can contribute to systemic change—with a particular focus on the diffusion of innovations within a system.
The four projects are:
1) the Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II, with a focus on dairy standards;
2) Nataal Mbay in Senegal, with a focus on contract farming and equipment leasing;
3) PROFIT PLUS, with a focus on new business practices in agricultural input and output markets;
4) ADVANCE II in Ghana, with a focus on farmer aggregation models.
Olaf Kula is Senior Vice President for Private Sector Engagement at ACDI-VOCA.
He has over 30 years of experience in 45 countries, and provides technical support to ACDI/VOCA's worldwide activities in enterprise development, trade, agricultural competitiveness, rural financial services, and microfinance. He also provides intellectual leadership and practical solutions for ACDI/VOCA’s research in value chain approaches to accelerate growth and poverty reduction. Prior to joining ACDI/VOCA, Mr. Kula consulted for the World Bank, USAID, UNDP, European bilateral donors, and World Trade Center organizations.
Ben Fowler is a Principal Consultant for MarketShare Associate
s. He works to facilitate the development of inclusive market systems in Africa and Latin America, and specializes in the set-up and implementation of learning systems that support program improvement. Ben has published guidance on how to use the value chain approach to alleviate food security and benefit vulnerable populations. He has consulted for entities including the World Bank Group, McKinsey & Co., KPMG and DFID.
Dr. Elizabeth Dunn is a research economist specializing in market-based solutions to poverty, with emphasis on inclusive market systems, value chains, smallholder agriculture, and micro- and small enterprises. As principal investigator for the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) Project, her work supports improved monitoring, evaluation and learning for inclusive market systems development. Dr. Dunn shaped global evaluation practice for value chain programming through her technical role on the AMAP Project. She earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, served on the graduate faculty in Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri for 10 years, and founded Impact LLC in 2000.