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Continuing Private Sector Engagement in Solar Energy in Africa

August 27, 2018
USAID awarded a grant to CrossBoundary, LLC, based in Washington, D.C., to form a public-private partnership that provides catalytic financing for businesses in Sierra Leone. This financing will support adoption of solar energy practices and reduce demand on the country’s power grid.

Increasing Access to Markets for Rural Women Through e-Commerce

August 2, 2018
The Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises programme and the Centre for Industry and Trade is implementing a strategy to facilitate access for rural women entrepreneurs to markets and strengthen linkages between different actors in selected agricultural value chains.

How Well is Africa Integrated Into World Trade?

July 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.

Resilience and Sustainable Poverty Escapes in Nepal

July 17, 2018
The USAID Center for Resilience commissioned the Overseas Development Institute, in conjunction with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN), to conduct research into resilience and poverty escapes in Nepal and other Feed the Future focus countries.

Producer Organizations Unleash Productivity in Tanzania

July 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.

Exploring Blockchain Applications to Agricultural Finance

July 13, 2018
Few innovations have generated as much hype as distributed ledger technologies, commonly referred to as blockchain. The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor set out to understand how this emerging technology could enable broader and more inclusive markets for agricultural finance.