Diving In: Updates from the Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Activity
This post is written by USAID's Market Systems Specialist Kristin O'Planick and Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships Chief of Party Bronwyn Irwin.
Welcome to the Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships community!
Feed the Future is the U.S. government’s global initiative to combat poverty and hunger. The Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity supports this global initiative by providing services to the U.S. government and its partners to lean in on market systems and private sector engagement that leads to inclusive and resilient agriculture-led economic growth, improved food security and nutrition and increased incomes for the poor.
MSP aims to advance learning and good practice in market systems development (MSD) and private sector engagement (PSE) within USAID, its implementers and market actors. Essentially, we are helping to drive cultural transformation toward market-driven approaches. We know that to achieve this goal, we need to partner with you to build on your ongoing learning and engage you in MSP’s new learning, to exchange tools and good practices and to realize a shared vision of good practice that pushes us towards more transformational impact.
MSP has a unique opportunity, as we operate at the intersection of PSE and MSD. This is the first time these approaches have really been brought together under one global support mechanism. USAID is intentional in doing this — aiming to further enhance the absorption of learning from one to the other to achieve a more sustainable impact at scale. MSD can learn from PSE in terms of leveraging power, influence and assets of the global corporate community in service of a development problem; relationship management; and cocreation. PSE can learn from MSD in areas such as embedding a systems lens into strategic opportunity identification and an expanded set of measurement strategies to monitor and capture transformational impact. At the same time, we recognize the differences in the approaches in terms of:
Where we are
MSP also developed a learning agenda, with input from USAID stakeholders, to guide us along the pathway toward learning and good practices in PSE and MSD. We identified six learning streams, depicted in the graphic below, and have launched initial learning activities in each stream.
As we dive into the MSP Learning Agenda, we look forward to engaging with you as thought partners, consultants, advisors and sharers of tools and resources. Over the next few months, MSP will be collaboratively advancing learning on:
We solicited input from stakeholders on the MSP Learning Agenda at the Market Systems Symposium; thank you to those who participated. To provide more detail than what is highlighted above, the MSP Learning Agenda will be posted to our Agrilinks activity page in a couple of weeks. To share feedback on the MSP Learning Agenda, inputs or ideas for any of the learning activities or reach out with questions, please email [email protected]. You can see even more of what we’ve been up to in our latest semiannual report, and keep an eye out for an upcoming newsletter later this summer: sign up for the MSP newsletter mailing list.
This is just the beginning of an exciting, important journey. We are grateful to have you along as peers, sources of inspiration, devil’s advocates and challengers and co-conspirators in influencing change.
The Feed the Future Market Systems and Partnerships (MSP) Activity is advancing learning and good practice in market systems development and private sector engagement within USAID, USAID partners and market actors. For more information, access to technical resources and opportunities to engage, visit www.agrilinks.org/msp.