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Food Loss and Waste: Building an Evidence-Based Business Case for SMEs

The private sector plays an important role in reducing food loss and waste (FLW) because private companies are involved in all stages of the supply chain that generate food loss and waste. While larger food companies may have significant resources dedicated to making their supply chain more efficient and reducing waste, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have received relatively little attention despite their critical role in the food system. Therefore, it is important to understand the costs and benefits of addressing food loss among SMEs.

The BD4FS Ambassador Firm Approach: Example from a Dairy Value Chain in Senegal

Dairy farmers in northern Senegal are pastoralists who travel nomadically and seasonally to find greener pastures for their animals. This makes it difficult for processors like Laiterie de Berger (LDB) to collect milk. Therefore, LDB has set up a collection system that allows independent or salaried collectors to collect milk from farmers daily by motorcycle or tricycle. LDB created a subsidiary company, Kossam SDE, that provides milk collection and services to farmers to build their loyalty.

A Rough Guide to the MSD Approach for Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa

This Rough Guide has been written to highlight special considerations for the funders and implementers of youth employment-focused programmes that use the MSD approach in Sub-Saharan Africa.  It builds on core MSD guidance, existing literature and practitioner experience. It aims to contribute by helping funders and implementers think systemically about the youth employment challenge and support sustainable, inclusive, and scalable solutions:

Amazon Vision Report 2021

USAID is pleased to announce the publication of the Amazon Vision 2021 Report,  an update on the Agency’s strategy to respond to threats to the biodiversity, ecosystems, and communities of the Amazon basin.  USAID’s Amazon Vision unifies the Agency’s goals to combat deforestation, conserve biodiversity, create environmentally friendly economic opportunities, improve the management of important landscapes, and support Indigenous rights in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname.

Improving Food Safety is Good for Business Bottom Line

Anyone who has owned and operated a business knows that allocating a budget is a rigorous exercise, and every alternative benefit and cost must be carefully considered. Adding funds to one operational area always means taking them from another. And, if some cost can be sacrificed with relatively little pain, a company will likely do it.

Local Capacity Strengthening Policy

The Local Capacity Strengthening Policy guides USAID decisions about why and how to invest in the capacity of local partners to better achieve inclusive and locally led development.

Harnessing Market Systems for Water Conservation in Jordan

Jordan is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. With its population rapidly growing, the demand for water has increased and is straining the country’s already limited resources. The five-year (2017-2022) USAID Water Innovation Technologies (WIT) Program used a market-based approach in Jordan to improve water use efficiency and water conservation in the agricultural sector, in communities, and in households.  

Getting Employment to Work for Self-Reliance: A USAID Framework for Programming

This employment framework helps USAID staff and development partners understand employment challenges in USAID host countries and design interventions that support more and better jobs for all. It describes the relationships between employment, economic development, and greater self-reliance in developing countries; provides a guide for diagnosing employment challenges; and recommends interventions to support employment and skills to navigate employment opportunities.  

Getting Employment to Work: A Playbook for the Field

The purpose of this playbook is to provide the user with clear and concise guidance on incorporating the USAID Employment Framework into their programming. Employment is a crucial link between two key dimensions of a country’s capacity for self-reliance: the capacity of its people and of its economic institutions.  

International Border Agency Cooperation: A Practical Reference Guide

The World Trade Organization (WTO)’s recently adopted Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) calls for various types of cross-border cooperation and communication between Customs and the other border agencies of WTO members. Other multilateral and bilateral international agreements also authorize international cooperation between border agencies. 

Capacity Building Guide for Good Regulatory Practices: Considerations for Development Practitioners

In developing countries, incoherent regulatory environments can undermine economic growth by impeding competition and innovation, discouraging business development, and precluding trade and investment opportunities. Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) require a regulatory environment that provides certainty and the rule of law for investors while allowing entrepreneurs and established businesses to innovate, expand their domestic and international markets, improve productivity, and generate profits.

Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide

The Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide was commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Center for Economics and Market Development (EMD). This guide is intended to support the development and improvement of Internal Affairs (IA) units within Customs agencies worldwide. It is built with the recognition that IA units face unique hiring, training, and retention challenges, and it aims to provide a collection of resources and recommendations from experienced experts.  

Improving Customs and Trade Facilitation in the Context of Domestic Resource Mobilization a Practical Guide for USAID Missions

The main purpose of this document is to provide Mission staff with an understanding of the role of customs and trade facilitation in strengthening domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and practical tips for project design and implementation in these areas. In addition, this guide hopes to support Mission personnel in their efforts to constructively engage and co-design with host country governments in two important ways. First, it will provide a base-level grounding in important concepts, principles, and interventions.

The Trade Facilitation Agreement: A World of Opportunities For MSMEs

While Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) are widely acknowledged to contribute to the economic growth of a country, their participation in international trade has been constrained because they typically lack the skills, knowledge of international markets, and familiarity with border procedures to effectively engage in the global economy.

Guide to Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses

Significant improvements in access to information technology (IT) and Internet connectivity have dramatically increased opportunities for businesses around the world. However, the increased connectivity also creates new risks. As businesses rely more on digital tools, these tools create potential vulnerabilities to ever-evolving cyber threats.

Human Resources for Customs Internal Affairs Units

The Customs Internal Affairs Human Resources Guide was commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) Center for Economics and Market Development (EMD). This guide is intended to support the development and improvement of Internal Affairs (IA) units within Customs agencies around the world. It is built with the recognition that IA units face unique challenges with hiring, training, and retention, and it aims to provide a collection of resources and recommendations from experienced experts.

Optimizing the Impact of Trade Facilitation: Engaging Border Communities

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of designing and implementing trade facilitation (TF) programs that can have a significant positive impact on national economies, but the organization has done relatively little research on how to ensure that the border communities closest to these reforms also benefit.