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Markets and Trade
In a four-part blog series, the EEFS project explores a central question: what enables cross-border trade for safe foods?
May 12, 2020
Request for Applications: PRO-WASH wants to address ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of key sanitation and hygiene products and services. Submissions are due by May 20th.
Apr 30, 2020
This blog post introduces the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity and shares lessons learned from the activity's COVID-19 Business Resilience Analysis report.
Apr 29, 2020
This blog post introduces the USAID-funded CVCFG (Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold) project, which aims to establish a responsibly-sourced, artisanal gold supply chain that originates in eastern DRC.
Apr 28, 2020
This guidance details illustrative programming for USAID Missions to consider and adapt to country and community context to support safe and functioning food markets, while maximizing safety precautions to limit coronavirus transmission.
In this article, the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project raises the potential impacts of COVID-19 on food systems in developing countries and the need for rapid examination as the crisis unfolds to inform evidence-based decision-making.
Apr 10, 2020
Sylvia Natukunda is feeling the effects of COVID-19. As the founder of Farm Reap, a Kampala, Uganda-based company that produces five flavors of yogurt, she is putting together a game plan on how to keep her business profitable.
Apr 09, 2020
Since the market for “bottom of the pyramid” consumers was identified nearly 20 years ago, product marketing, sales, and distribution have evolved with the help of technology. Here's how two businesses use mobile and cloud-based tools to reach emerging market customers.
This blog post summarizes the Cracking the Nut conference held in October 2019 and presents the downloadable conference report.
EEFS' technical one-pager highlights learning from the full eastern DRC SeedCLIR report, two technical articles, and a global webinar to describe how development actors and policymakers can facilitate an improved enabling environment for seed in DRC through a phased approach.
Mar 13, 2020
The USAID Improving Private Sector Competitiveness activity is soliciting proposals from qualified organizations interested in seeking to remove constraints and build the competitiveness of small and growing businesses (SGBs) in Vietnam.
Mar 10, 2020
Access to finance is a major pain point in market systems development, but how can we go beyond traditional financing methods to better reach agricultural businesses?
Feb 20, 2020
The case of Lebanon mirrors what in the MERS handbook is referred to as a crisis stuck in the relief phase. In crisis environments, short term goals focus on stabilizing households and providing basic needs.
Feb 13, 2020
Marketlinks, Agrilinks, and the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security (EEFS) project hosted a joint webinar on Thursday, February 6, 2020, examining the enabling environment for agricultural market systems in fragile contexts.
This post is part two in a two-part series about market systems resilience (MSR) and highlights three major learnings on good practice for MSR.
This post is part one in a two-part series about market systems resilience (MSR) and highlights new guidance and tools that provide a foundational understanding of how different programs are approaching the topic.
Feb 10, 2020
This report provides donors and investors, as well as charitable initiatives and organizations, with answers to the two following questions: How can systems change across the world be financed more effectively? How can change be better supported for the benefit of society?
Feb 09, 2020
How PNG delivers power to its populace is important to the nation. The Development Strategic Plan calls for carbon neutrality by 2050.
Given the primacy of seed for agricultural sector resilience and growth, development actors are eager to address seed needs in the wake of conflict. This post explores how to tailor those investments for fragile contexts in a way consistent with long-term seed market development.
Jan 27, 2020
The vast majority of food grown in Africa is by smallholder farmers. Implementing these four recommendations will speed up the process of putting improved seed in the hands of Africa’s food growers permanently.
Jan 22, 2020
Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa.
Jan 22, 2020
The aim of this project was to support firms in profitably breaking into the smallholder seeds markets in Mozambique through the development of their own CBSP sales and distribution systems, and to support them in selling seed to at least 12,000 smallholder farmers.
Jan 15, 2020
Afghanistan has an employment challenge. As one of the youngest countries in the world and with more than 400,000 youth joining a stagnant economy’s labour force each year, the number of youth who are unemployed, under-employed, or vulnerably employed grows by the day.
This Seed Commercial, Legal, and Institutional Reform study examines the enabling environment for seed across six provinces in eastern DRC. In assessing an informal seed sector in a fragile country context, the study holds key lessons for USAID resilience discussions.
Jan 09, 2020
This post is excerpted from a Winrock International report, “From Seed to Fork: Triggering Systemic Changes in Myanmar’s Soybean Sector.” Read the full report. The contents are the responsibility of Winrock International, prepared by the Value Chains for Rural Development team, including Nimish...
Jan 08, 2020
A third of the global labour force is not earning enough to lift themselves and their families above the poverty line. Although most development and government programmes focus on creating more jobs, it's clear that we need to focus on their quality as well.
Jan 07, 2020
Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation provides insights on supporting partnerships that have commercially launched and/or scaled seed technologies for smallholder farmers in developing countries.
Dec 30, 2019
The objective of AFDA’s market systems enterprise survey is to understand the behavioral characteristics of enterprises and broader system-wide characteristics in priority AFDA sectors.
Dec 24, 2019
This post explores practical challenges and opportunities around Market Systems approaches in humanitarian contexts.
Dec 23, 2019
The Feed the Future Malawi Ag Diversification Activity worked with partners to develop an input bundle and a loan package to help farmers increase their soybean and groundnut yields.
Dec 04, 2019
Recent years have brought new opportunities in Cambodia’s horticulture sector, but those wishing to capitalize on these opportunities face many constraints. There is considerable competition from imported produce and relationships among Cambodian market actors are limited. Few support services are...
Dec 03, 2019
In this primer, CGAP applies a framework to help answer these questions and demonstrate how regulation can have a substantial impact on competitive dynamics in the DFS marketplace.
Nov 27, 2019
This post is the fourth in a series exploring how a partnership facility can be an interface between donor-funded programs and the private sector. It reflects on how FTF Inova's experience is relevant for other MSD programs.
Nov 22, 2019
This is the third post in a series exploring how a partnership facility can work as an interface between donor-funded programs and their private-sector partners, and how the partnerships that emerge can be an engine driving systemic change.
Nov 19, 2019
This post summarizes key themes and takeaways from the 2019 Cracking the Nut conference held in Dakar, Senegal from October 14-15.
Nov 18, 2019
This report form ISF Advisors and the Mastercard Foundation's Rural and Agricultural Finance Learning Lab summarizes the latest data on the size and scope of the global rural agricultural finance market, finding a significant gap between supply and demand of financial services.