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Local Systems and Market Systems

This briefing paper provides an overview of the complementarities of the local systems framework and the inclusive market systems framework.

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.

Agricultural Transformation in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Role of the Multiplier

In the coming decades, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) could see a major humanitarian crisis. If rapid population growth continues and agricultural productivity rises slowly or not at all, large increases in the working-age population and daunting problems of food supply, poverty, and underemployment will result. Lowered population growth and higher agricultural productivity are both needed to avert impending disaster. If a way can be found to bring about substantial increases in small farm productivity, the crisis may be averted.

A Framework for Inclusive Market System Development

Inclusive market systems development is the continuation of USAID’s evolution of thinking around private sector development. It builds on the Donor Committee for Enterprise Development’s identification of good practice in the delivery of goods and services through market actors; and on the subsequent value chain approach.