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The Cartoon Learning Series

Working with EcoVentures International, LEO tested new methods for introducing development project staff to market systems development concepts and practices.

Youth Engagement in Agricultural Value Chains Across Feed the Future: A Synthesis Report

This report aims to inform Feed the Future (FTF) efforts moving forward to more strategically and deliberately engage youth in market systems by providing insights from current FTF country programs. Commissioned by USAID’s Bureau for Food Security/Office of Country Strategy and Implementation, a research team with the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) activity scanned all 19 FTF countries and analyzed four FTF country programs in more depth through site visits to Guatemala, Liberia, Nepal, and Uganda.

Review of Policy-Constrained Value Chain Initiatives

This report documents and provides an initial analysis of initiatives in Feed the Future projects designed to address policy-related constraints to value chain competitiveness, and, in particular, increased private sector investment.

Portfolio Ownership Among Agribusiness SMEs in Malawi

This assessment of agribusiness small and medium enterprises (ASMEs) was commissioned by USAID/Malawi, to scan the ASME landscape, identify the constraints, and present a menu of possible ways to address those constraints.

Monitoring Facilitation Activities

This report describes the findings and recommendations from a joint LEO/MPEP/BFS TDY to support USAID/Uganda in 2014. The purpose was to assist Mission staff in improving monitoring approaches for facilitation activities.

LEO Learning Day Summary

The Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project learning agenda incorporates interrelated and mutually informative research topics that respond to the objective of supporting inclusive and sustainable growth through market systems development. LEO seeks to support missions and implementers in improving the performance of market systems to generate growth, and to structure that growth in such a way that it is inclusive and resilient. Within the overarching goal of increased market systems performance, LEO’s learning topics can be viewed through two lenses: