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A Public-Private Model for Digital Agriculture in Pakistan

This innovative pilot implemented in a rural part of the Swat Valley in Pakistan was designed to leverage technologies to provide farmers with low literacy rates with up-to-date market and training information, digitally disseminated through their mobile phones, in their local language, and helping them to increase the quality and quantity of their produce.

e-Payments Snapshot: Concern Worldwide Malawi

An ePayment Snapshot about Concern Worldwide in Malawi, and their experience adopting e-payments as one of three small grant recipients from the Electronic Payment Implementation and Evaluation Grants Program in 2013 facilitated by USAID and NetHope.

mSTAR Quarterly Report | Q3 FY14

The five-year Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) award is a broad, flexible, and responsive program designed to foster the rapid adoption and scale-up of mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data in developing countries.

Agricultural Productivity Context: Promoting Agriculture, Governance, and the Environment (PAGE) Project

The PAGE project worked with smallholder cocoa producers—most of whom were vulnerable, including war widows and youths—to address production-to-market transactions and develop competitive agricultural and rural enterprises using a market systems approach. This case study highlights the importance of the facilitation role of the development organization to ensure that stakeholder workshops take place. In the project, a national level stakeholder summit took place to address the constraints and opportunities of the national cocoa value chain in Sierra Leone.

Scaling Feed the Future Innovations Through Market Systems (Event Resources)

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.

mSTAR Quarterly Report | Q2 FY14

The five-year Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) award is a broad, flexible, and responsive program designed to foster the rapid adoption and scale-up of mobile money, mobile access, and mobile data in developing countries.

Pushing the Employment Frontiers for Africa's Rural and Urban Youth

Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is growing at more than twice the pace of any other region. Although the overall rate of population expansion has been gradually declining for decades, the absolute number of working-age people will grow by approximately 14 million next year alone (Lam and Leibbrandt 2013). By 2030, when children born this year reach their 16th birthdays, the corresponding labor pool will have grown by 21 million people annually.

mSTAR Digest | January 2014

This third edition of the mSTAR Digest contains updates to the mSTAR community on mSTAR project activities; partner news; and upcoming opportunities.

Assessment of a Diagnostic Tool for Household Poverty and Food Security in Balaka District, Malawi

In August 2013, LIFT conducted a study in Balaka District, Malawi to assess the utility of a diagnostic tool to help service providers make efficient, effective, and appropriate referrals–a critical piece of the project’s goal to build the continuum of care for people living with HIV and other vulnerable households–as well as to learn how LIFT II can classify clients into three categories of household poverty/vulnerability.

The ENABLE Case Study: Making Media Work for the Poor

This case study looks at work being undertaken by the Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for a Better Business Environment (ENABLE) Programme in Nigeria to strengthen one of the key supporters of this policy process – the mass media.