Sustainable poverty escapes require enabling vulnerable people to manage and mitigate risks while ensuring shocks and stresses don’t undermine development gains.
Jan 25, 2020
A constraint to raising agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa is the lack of commercial availability of high-quality seed of improved modern crop varieties. Stakeholders have made a great effort to develop regional variety catalogs to increase the supply of high-quality seed.
Drawing on recent learning from its SeedCLIR assessment of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, EEFS discusses key learning themes for supporting seed market system development in fragile contexts.
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 17, 2020
At the 2019 SEEP Annual Conference, five finalists delivered seven-minute pitches sharing new approaches to solve a problem and build resilience. The audience voted and selected one winner. Find out which project was selected to win a hypothetical million dollars.
Jan 17, 2020
Use of non-conventional collateral in agricultural lending, together with an effective registry system and appropriate regulatory frameworks, can contribute to improved access to and use of appropriate and affordable credit by smallholder women farmers.
USAID’s EAT project led to the development of SeedCLIR. The data-driven tool was designed to enable countries to assess critical seed sector weaknesses, undertake targeted seed sector reforms and effectively gauge the performance of reform activities over time.
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 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.
As part of the 2019 Rural and Agricultural Finance State of the Sector series, this outcome area deep dive provides a new way of thinking about the global women’s economic empowerment challenge through a pathways lens.
USAID is requesting voluntary feedback on the draft Economic Growth Policy. Comments and suggestions will be reviewed by USAID’s internal drafting team, and will help to influence and enrich the policy as it is being finalized.
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
Using a decentralized water treatment and distribution system, Jim Chu, the founder and CEO of dloHaiti, is bringing safe, affordable water to thousands on the island. Chu recently participated in diaspora engagement roadshows hosted by USAID INVEST, which encouraged members of the Haitian diaspora...
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 13, 2019
The Health, Ecosystems and Agriculture for Resilient, Thriving Societies (HEARTH) Addendum is soliciting calls for applications for a new funding opportunity. Read the full description online on the USAID Grants website and apply by June 15, 2020.
Dec 02, 2019
The AVANSE Program—the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future program in Northern Haiti (2013–2019)—shows the value of integrating political economy analysis (PEA) in agricultural programming.