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BD4FS Partners with Disabled Food Entrepreneurs through Food Hygiene Training

For Food Enterprise Solutions (FES), every day is a day to support persons with disabilities. But on December 3rd, 2022, FES joined with the international community to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the theme “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.” BD4FS and the Women’s Committee of the Senegalese Federation of Associations of Disabled Persons co-organized four training sessions for over 200 disabled women entrepreneurs in the Senegalese food sector.

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:

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.

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. 

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.

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.

BD4FS and Businesses Form Winning Partnerships to Build a Food Safety Compliant Chain

The Senegal poultry industry has experienced significant growth since 2005 when the country halted imports due to an avian flu outbreak affecting many countries. This exceptional situation played an important role in securing investments, increasing local poultry meat production, and facilitating the vertical integration of poultry activities. A large industry has developed and now dominates the market with Senegalese companies comprising all links in the value chain from breeding and input supply to high-value-added processed products. 

USAID Climate Strategy 2022-2030

Climate change is a global crisis. As temperatures and sea levels rise, people around the world are increasingly seeing heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones, and wildfires upend their lives. The effects of climate change are not equal – they disproportionately impact the poorest and most marginalized communities USAID works to support every day. Climate change affects virtually everything that USAID does and threatens the development progress it has supported over more than 60 years.

Food Safety Assessment of Senegalese Markets through Mobile App Technology

Inadequate food handling practices and poor infrastructure across supply chains increase health risks to consumers, in addition to being root causes of pre-consumer loss and waste in the overall food system. Feed the Future Business Drivers for Food Safety (BD4FS), implemented by Food Enterprise Solutions (FES) and funded by USAID, is a multi-country effort that works alongside agrifood actors to codesign and implement incentive-based strategies to accelerate the adoption of food safety practices in local food systems.

USAID Women's Economic Empowerment Community of Practice Resources

The USAID Women’s Economic Empowerment Community of Practice (USAID WEE CoP) was established in 2020 to accelerate the pace of change in advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment by sharing what is effective and what does not work. Through the USAID WEE CoP, members convene, identify, and share proven, promising, and potential models that advance economic growth through gender equality. 

Consumer Awareness of PAH Contaminants in Smoked Fish in Senegal

Fish is an important contributor to the Senegalese economy and diet, with Senegal having one of the highest consumption rates of fish in Africa (29 kg/person/year according to a 2017-2018 study; ANSD, 2020).  It serves as important protein source for many because of its low cost and its high availability. Due to its perishable nature, fish are commonly processed after capture to increase the longevity of products. In 2018, over 38,924 tons of fish were processed in Senegal, worth an estimated $47,523,252 USD (Ministere Despecheset De L’Economie, 2019).