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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.
Richard Kohl is a scaling expert currently assisting USAID Bureaus and Missions in thinking about how to scale technologies and innovations within the context of Feed the Future. Dr. Kohl is roughly half-way through a dozen planned country visits to Missions with Feed the Future investments to provide recommendations on scaling innovations, be they technologies or business models. His approach views market systems as platforms for shifting from scaling, as defined by more time and resources, to a more sustainable, population-scale approach. Dr.
"Mentoring and Belonging" was presented under the Gender track at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference. Abigail Kaindu and Catherine Boyce from Camfed share how mentoring and coaching enhances young people’s economic participation.
DFID has been one of the leading agencies in Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P), a market systems approach that works with the private sector to catalyze changes in markets that benefit the poor. DFID’s flagship M4P project in Kenya is the Market Assistance Programme (MAP), managed by Mike Field, a recognized leader in value chain and M4P approaches. Field and his team are exploring innovative, scalable solutions in cross-cutting systems and specific value chains.
Erik Derk from Tetra Tech will share lessons learned on how to change behavior in both project staff and value chain actors, and how to embed learning and adapting into implementation methodology, while managing for results.
Industry experts discuss where the market opportunities are for Haitian handicrafts, the realities of the supply chain, suggestions for product development and competitive strategies, and the importance of agents in distribution.
Over the past decade, a new generation of private sector development programs has evolved. These programs emphasize sustainable and pro-poor economic growth while working through markets and private sector agents, reducing and eventually eliminating assistance provided to participating businesses. These projects often involve promoting the competitiveness of selected industries or value chains in global and domestic markets while increasing the participation of, and benefits to, farmers and other micro and small enterprises (MSEs).
In an effort to identify appropriate interventions and policies for improving food security, this paper provides a synthesis of recent research into the behavior of producers and consumers of staple food crops in Eastern and Southern Africa.