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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.

Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis: The Market for Beans in Sud-Est Haiti

Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis (EMMA) is a rapid market analysis designed to be used in the short-term aftermath of a sudden-onset crisis. This report uses the EMMA tool to analyze the beans market system in the Sud-Est (Southeast) department of Haiti in March-April 2010, several months after the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The report examines constraints in the beans market system, the earthquake-related disruptions that persist, and provides short-term and long-term recommendations.

ICT and AG Profile: DataDyne

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

African Diaspora Marketplace - Investment Interest Survey

This initial survey is the first step in a larger study that is being conducted by the George Washington University's Center for International Business Education and Research and its Diaspora Capital Investment Project on the African Diaspora Marketplace and its participants.

Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Food Security Research, Capacity-Building, and Outreach

This resource provides a coherent and helpful summary of the Michigan State University (MSU)’s Food Security Group’s research, primarily from Sub-Saharan Africa. Lessons are presented in four areas: The first, Agricultural Growth and Food Security Strategies, suggests that small shrinking farm sizes in many countries will prevent many farmers from escaping poverty from on-farm production alone. Investments in education and non-agricultural sectors will be important.

Food Aid and Food Security in the Short and Long Run: Country Experience from Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

This document, produced under a primer series on social safety nets, assesses the role of food aid in improving food availability and food access. It is based on a synthesis of experiences in four countries:  India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Zambia. It concludes that food aid does not have to create negative impacts, particularly if it is tied to the development of infrastructure that supports production and market linkages, avoids creating negative price effects for food producers, and reaches the food insecure.