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A Local Certification System in Georgia: Steppingstones to Meeting Market Demands

This brief focuses on the role of certification schemes for agricultural products by tracking the creation of Georgian Good Agricultural Practices (GeoGAP. GeoGAP is a scaled-down version of the internationally recognized Global Good Agricultural Practices (GLOBALG.A.P.) and helps meet local demand for safe, traceable food. The certification was created by the Georgian Farmers’ Association with support from the USAID-funded, Zrda Activity which is implemented by Chemonics.

A Pragmatic Approach to Assessing System Change

These papers outline a process that programs can use to assess system changes regularly and practically. The 'Overview' summarises the approach and 'How to put it into practice' provides more detailed implementation guidance, worked examples, and useful tips.

SeedCLIR: Democratic Republic of the Congo

This Seed Commercial, Legal, and Institutional Reform study examines the enabling environment for seed across six provinces in eastern DRC. In assessing an informal seed sector in a fragile country context, the study holds key lessons for USAID resilience discussions.

Digitizing Worker Salary Payments: A Manual for Ready-made Garment Factories

This manual provides a blueprint for ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, and those organizations supporting them, who are interested in using mobile financial services (MFS) to make salary payments to their workers. It includes background information on MFS, the possible benefits and challenges, and useful tips and checklists for implementing MFS salary payments. 

Linking Small Producers with Export Firms: Market and Enterprise Development in Haiti's Central Plateau

Mangos are Haiti’s largest agricultural export, topping over $10 million in sales per year. Not surprisingly, exporters prefer to work with suppliers who can provide large volumes of mangos at consistent quality. This preference makes it difficult for small producers to participate in the lucrative mango export market. Individually, “very poor” producers in Haiti’s Central Plateau do not produce mangos at a large enough volume to supply exporters directly. Thus, market limitations have a prohibitive effect on the income of very poor producers.

Bringing Competitors Together for Financial Inclusion

In the competitive markets of banking and mobile communication, a remarkable collaboration is helping deliver the promise of mobile money to Malawi with assistance from FHI 360’s Mobile Money Accelerator Program (MMAP).

CARE’s Pathways to Empowerment

CARE’s Pathways program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.

Hardworking Hope: Family Farmers Transform Markets

Agriculture for Children’s Empowerment, an activity under the FIELD-Support LWA’s STRIVE program, has introduced the Farmer Financial Diary tool which is helping farmers get a leg up by teaching them to better manage their farms as businesses.

ICT and AG Profile: MFarm

MFarm is a mobile and web-based market information system in Kenya that allows farmers to collectively sell crops and buy inputs to bulk buyers.

ICT and AG Profile: Nutrient Manager for Rice

The Nutrient Manager for Rice (NMR) is a decision support tool that includes both web-based and mobile applications providing personalized fertilizer guidelines for small-scale rice farmers or extension workers.

ICT and AG Profile: DataDyne

Mobile Information Platform uses outbound SMS messaging to provide farmers with timely and localized agricultural information.