Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.
Peanut often is referred to as a "woman's crop" in many parts of the world, but that has different implications in different places. In this webinar, experts will discuss how gender impacts production, processing and marketing decisions that smallholder farmers face, as well as how professionals...
After over a decade delivering on SERVIR ’s goal of bringing space to village, SERVIR faces many of the key challenges that plague research for development initiatives. These challenges include making certain that research is meeting genuine needs and is demand driven; connecting and tailoring...
This month, the Office for Market and Partnership Innovations would like to highlight different interventions that are creating opportunities for inclusive and sustainable market system development.
Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) promises to increase resilience to climate change, enhance productivity and profitability and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To achieve large-scale transition from traditional agricultural practices to CSA, a mentality shift by businesses and individuals, as...
The following text draws heavily from the Guide to the Agricultural Scalability Assessment Toolkit (pdf below) , developed by the E3 Analytics and Evaluation Project led by Management Sciences for Health. USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS) and country missions have been implementing the Feed...
Indicators can be an effective tool to prompt and inform policy change. Enabling the Business of Agriculture provides indicators and findings that are proving to be highly relevant for policy dialogue and regulatory reform that promote private sector driven agriculture.
This post explores the plant protection data available through the World Bank's Enabling the Business of Agriculture Index and its relevance for the current Fall Armyworm outbreak in Africa as well as strengthening plant protection systems in the future.
There are several ways to think about the enabling environment through a market systems framework. A previous blog post talking about market systems metrics nicely summarizes the thinking thus far on monitoring for market systems with an emphasis on the enabling environment. Standard monitoring and...
When it comes to maximizing its economic growth potential through agriculture, Rwanda faces several challenges. While agriculture is a mainstay of the economy, providing 36 percent of GDP and 70 percent of employment, there is limited arable land to be found. With the second-highest population...
This post describes the five-step model of policy reform and serves as a roadmap to build legal, regulatory and institutional capacity to strengthen enabling environments.
This post was written by Karla Yoder, Economic Development Specialist at Global Communities. As market systems development practitioners, we take a holistic approach to project implementation. Our value chain projects address market constraints at many levels including within the enabling...
The enabling environment for agricultural market systems month on Agrilinks wouldn’t be complete without drawing our community’s attention to the resources of our partner site Marketlinks as well as those available on the BEAM Exchange. Let's dive in!
While there is progress in understanding systemic change in market development, a lack of agreement and experience with how to measure it remains. This post explores applicable measurement approaches and tools implementers are testing to inform measuring market systems change. Read on!
According to a 2016 World Bank report , Kenya’s informal sector — or businesses without official registration — makes up 95 percent of the country’s businesses and entrepreneurs. While informal businesses typically afford business owners more control of their operations, the informality of non-...
This post unpacks an example of how collaboration between government, private sector and development partners stimulated a nascent market system for improved maize storage bags in Kenya.
USAID's topic-specific enabling environment analytical tools perform benchmarking duties to capture and map agricultural sector performance. Learn more about the tools and how they equip stakeholders to look past mere symptoms and diagnose challenges ripe for reform.
This post was written by Renee Crossley, Cardno Global Lead – Market Driven Approaches to Development Enhancing the business enabling environment (BEE) is complex and, I would argue, requires a systems approach. A decade ago, many of us in this sector considered BEE work a "tack on" to market...
Developing regional seed variety catalogues can significantly reduce both the time and expense of releasing varieties in multiple countries, increasing regional seed market potential and attractiveness to investors and therefore seed supply for farmers.
In Ghana’s agriculture sector, barriers to accessing finance limit agricultural sector growth. Developing mobile payment services in the livestock sector is a key area for stakeholders to target in order to expand access to credit.
This article was written by Ashutosh Limaye and Marshall Bennett, SERVIR Global, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The timing and onset of rainfall is crucial for hundreds of thousands of farmers in the developing world when sowing, fertilizing and harvesting crops. Unpredictability in weather,...
Newly hatched chicks using the Surehatch incubator. Fintrac. Surehatch , a South African company, is improving the productivity of the sub-Saharan poultry sector by selling small-scale egg incubators that provide ideal conditions for an egg to develop and hatch. Using these incubators, poultry...
I hope you enjoyed reading about Feed the Future’s food policy processes during policy month in June. In addition to the many recent posts, check out a few more relevant events and posts from Agrilinks below: Crossing the Border: Creating a Business-Friendly Environment for Inclusive Economic...