The ability of individual firms to enter, compete, grow, and engage in value chains locally or internationally is what drives market development and economic growth.
Markets and Trade
Jul 11, 2019
This post, focused on partnership principles, is the first in a series exploring how an integrated partnership facility can work as an interface between donor-funded programs and their private-sector partners, and how the partnerships that emerge can be an engine driving systemic change.
Jul 09, 2019
This post offers recommendations on managing the shifts in culture, management and partnering needed when a project shifts from providing direct services to a facilitative market systems approach.
Jul 08, 2019
In Moldova, the “golden triangle” of collaboration among industry, government, and academia is transforming the technology sector. Here’s the recipe for success from the Moldova Competitiveness Project.
In a five-part blog series, the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project examines how the enabling environment shapes market systems outcomes. Each post spotlights a key area of the relationship and its relevance to informed program design and smart interventions.
This post explores the role of the enabling environment — the political economy in particular — in influencing the transition from personal exchange to impersonal exchange as a crucial step toward market transformation.
Jun 06, 2019
In June, we're excited to take a look at political economy analysis (PEA), a development approach to inform programs and project activities from a politically-minded place. PEAs can help practitioners answer questions about how and why things happen, to effectively manage resources, and better...
May 31, 2019
In Nigeria, a Pay-for-Results prize competition incents use of Aflasafe to combat aflatoxin contamination and drive demand for higher-quality maize.
May 30, 2019
Growing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is an important goal of much donor assistance. However, development practitioners do not always articulate theoretical frameworks linking interventions to outcomes of sales or employment growth.
This brief aims to demonstrate how the use of applied political economy analysis is critical to the effective design and execution of inclusive market systems activities.
As USAID programs evolve to adopt a market systems approach, implementing partners must adapt their monitoring and evaluation approaches to better capture dynamics of complex systems change.
May 23, 2019
This is the second blog the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation series on building private sector resilience. Stay tuned for the next blog in the private series, as we look at an example of how a more resilient company can provide critical technologies and value-added services after a natural disaster.
May 16, 2019
This post highlights a resource from USAID/Bangladesh about the Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) project that used a market systems approach and forged partnerships with over 40 influential private sector firms.
Applied political economy analysis can offer insights leading to recommendations about how to influence key decision-makers, thereby facilitating the change necessary to foster a more conducive enabling environment for market systems to thrive.
Apr 25, 2019
USAID's Economic Competitiveness Project is helping to provide technical assistance to micro and small companies in innovation, technology adoption, manufacturing practices, marketing, and more.
Apr 23, 2019
Bringing together buyers and sellers at tradeshows is a great way to facilitate new international trade that could strengthen markets at both ends of the transaction.
Apr 17, 2019
Member organizations of The SEEP Network are invited to shape the learning agenda for the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference ! This year, members have two opportunities to provide thought leadership on critical issues relevant to the Conference theme and technical tracks: 1. Through member-hosted Peer...
Strenghtening grain contracts in Mali has the potential to open up farmers' access to products and services they need to operate and grow their businesses, achieving key agriculture development results in the process.
Mar 29, 2019
USAID/Honduras recently awarded a five-year (2018-2023) activity – Transforming Market Systems (TMS) to foster competitive, resilient, and inclusive market systems that provide increased economic opportunities that incorporate poor, marginalized Hondurans and reduce incentives to migrate.
To gear up for the 2019 Market Systems Symposium, let’s take a closer look at recent research exploring the relationship between measuring business and enabling environment change in market system development.
Mar 24, 2019
In Guatemala, USAID’s Creating Economic Opportunities project is working with the private sector and national and local authorities to strengthen economic growth and generate income and employment.
Mar 18, 2019
This blog introduces the Feed the Future Tanzania Land Tenure Assistance (LTA) project, which works with local banks to encourage new loan opportunities to improve farms and small businesses.
Mar 05, 2019
USAID is accepting submissions to the annual Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) Case Competition until Friday, April 12.
Feb 09, 2019
Dexis is seeking an experienced Senior Trade Advisor to provide support services to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Asia Bureau, specifically assisting the Bureau’s Economic Growth team in the Technical Services Office.
Dec 20, 2018
This paper explores how systemic change happens in shallow markets and the implications for market systems development practitioners. It is based on the experience and lessons learnt by the Market Development Facility in Fiji, Timor-Leste and Pakistan.
Oct 26, 2018
Policymakers throughout the world are emphasizing farmer cooperatives as a strategy to include smallholders in agricultural value chains and to enhance their incomes.
Oct 17, 2018
New manual from World Vision explores factors to consider during program implementation and recommendations.
As we prioritize making market systems more competitive, resilient, and inclusive for smallholder farmers and other market actors, we must connect our support for these actors with support for the all-encompassing yet elusive enabling environment around them.
Sep 05, 2018
At ACDI/VOCA's Amplifying our Impact event at USAID, ACDI/VOCA highlighted several projects pivoting to a market systems approach across a variety of different geographies and contexts.
Aug 27, 2018
USAID hosted the Indian and Afghan Embassies for the Passage to Prosperity 2: India - Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show in Washington, DC.
Aug 22, 2018
SNV's "Enhancing Opportunities for Women Enterprises" (FLOW/EOWE) programme focuses on supporting rural women in entrepreneurship by addressing the systemic barriers that many rural women face when launching their businesses.
Aug 15, 2018
In our pursuit of inclusive agriculture-led growth, we increasingly understand how important it is that we put more emphasis on youth.
Aug 10, 2018
This post originally appeared on Agrilinks and was authored by Kusi Hornberger. The Council on Smallholder Agriculture Finance (CSAF) is a pre-competitive alliance of 12 financial institutions that seek to expand the market and develop industry standards for lending to small and medium enterprises...
Aug 06, 2018
While women make up a large part of Bangladesh’s agricultural workforce, they are rarely at the forefront of commercial agriculture. Engaging women in more diverse agricultural activities could change this.
Jul 23, 2018
Donors and practitioners working in value chain and market development for the benefit of the poor have made significant progress in developing a better contextual and conceptual understanding of the complex and dynamic nature of market systems and their enabling environment contexts.
Jul 20, 2018
Some have found Africa’s participation in world trade to be low. However, a relatively well-developed literature argues that Africa’s trade has been in line with predicted trends and that the continent’s participation in international trade reflects its level of economic activity.
Jul 17, 2018
The Feed the Future NAFAKA II: Cereals Market System Development project, funded by USAID and implemented by ACDI/VOCA, developed a strategy to boost agricultural growth in Tanzania’s staple crops by helping individuals form producer organizations.
Jul 11, 2018
Growing anti-globalization sentiments and moves toward protectionism threaten to undermine the substantial benefits of global trade — particularly for food systems and nutrition — while doing nothing to address the problems associated with it.
Jul 11, 2018
Food safety remains essential to everyone, and blockchain alleviates some of the dangers to the food safety supply chain.