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Feed the Future conducted a rapid market assessment of its roughly 150 partner agri-businesses and farmers to better understand the impact of the current crisis and the future outlook for the agriculture sector.
Under the right circumstances, financial inclusion, stability, integrity, and consumer protection (I-SIP) can be positively related, and the failure to consider any one of these objectives can lead to problems.
The objective of STRIVE Philippines was to improve the well-being of vulnerable households—especially for the children and youth within those households—through a market-based approach to economic strengthening in targeted value chains. By improving and expanding existing commercial relationships of vulnerable households, the project’s aim was to promote sustainable and commercially viable solutions that can continue to provide benefits beyond the life of STRIVE Philippines.
This paper reports findings from an evaluation of STRIVE Philippines activities in the seaweed sector. Action for Enterprise (AFE) employed a facilitated value chain approach primarily with two seaweed firms between 2008 and 2010 as part of the STRIVE program. STRIVE Philippines’ research agenda examines the outcomes of AFE’s seaweed value chain activities on lead firms, seaweed farmers and their families. Specifically, was there change in the economics of lead firms, income for households, and child wellbeing?
This paper reports findings from an evaluation of STRIVE Philippines activities in the woven product sector. The goal of STRIVE Philippines was to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable households—especially for the children and youth within those households—through a value chain approach to economic strengthening. STRIVE Philippines’ research agenda examines the outcomes of AFE’s woven product value chain activities on lead firms, producers (primarily weavers), raw material suppliers, and their families.
The Supporting Transformation by Reducing Insecurity and Vulnerability with Economic Strengthening (STRIVE) program, managed by FHI 360 and funded by USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF), was designed to build the evidence base around the links between market-driven economic strengthening approaches and the well-being of children and youth.
Dr. Dean Karlan, Dr. Nava Ashrad, and Dr. Wesley Yin conducted an experiment in the Philippines, where they offered commitment savings products to a subset of 710 randomly selected clients of a Phillippine bank. Since after 12 months the average savings balances increased, this study demonstrated that commitment savings products can result in lasting change in savings beyond the initial, positive short-term response to the new product.
The Global Food Crisis Response Program: Review of Lessons Learned is a helpful and balanced analysis produced by the agency that implemented the program: Mercy Corps. Reaching 75,000 people over 18 months across five countries facing food shortages, the ambitious project aimed to use rapid market analysis to inform quick-impact interventions, while also addressing longer-term needs. Its interventions varied significantly by context, but always included a focus on specific agricultural value chains. Short-term resource transfers in the form of vouchers or cash for