Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Crossing the Border: Creating a Business-Friendly Environment for Inclusive Economic Growth

Thanks Lourdes and Emily for a thoughtful discussion on the importance of formalizing market systems to promote inclusive growth, in particular for economic-empowerment of women. Although agri-enterprises can (and do) operate in informal markets, their benefits and impact are constrained by scale, lack of infrastructure, limited access to finance, and the uncertainty of laws and regulations. As you've pointed out correctly, getting to scale with providing good-quality, nutritious foods to local and regional markets delivers benefits to not only consumers, but to producers, agri-enterprises, and governments. Another infrastructure-related dimension to explore is the importance of food safety to promoting investment, growth, and food security. (See https://farmingfirst.org/2017/08/priorities-for-food-safety-in-emerging-economies/ for my discussion on this point in Farming First.) Also, it would be great to do a stock-taking of successful approaches to improving the "enabling environment" for food systems - or maybe it's been done already?  Thanks again! - Russ Webster

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Hi Russ, there has indeed been a stock-tacking of USAID enabling environment activities!  The Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project undertook a review of 5 years of USAID investments into enabling environment reforms within the Feed the Future initiative. 

The report can be found at the following link: https://agrilinks.org/sites/default/files/resource/files/FTF%20EEFS%20Report%20-%20Review%20of%20EE%20Investments%20Under%20FTF%20-%20FINAL%20(2016-10).pdf