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Market Systems Blog

In this blog series, USAID explores moving beyond a focus on isolated value chai

In this series, we move beyond isolated value chains and consider broader market systems as well as the resultant implications for programming.

Got (Price) Risk?

Mon, August 14, 2017
Jennifer Cissé
Senior Risk Advisor
Even in a good year, when the weather cooperates and pests are held at bay, the world’s farmers face another threat: prices.

Economic Versus Non-Economic Empowerment: Is it a False Dichotomy?

Thu, August 10, 2017
Naila Kabeer
Professor of Gender and Development
London School Of Economics And Political Science
Economic versus non-economic empowerment: is there a false dichotomy? This post goes back to earlier conceptualizations of women’s empowerment and traces how the idea of economic empowerment emerged out of them.

Doing More with Less for Market Systems Development

Wed, August 2, 2017
Patrick Starr
Financial Specialist
USAID's Bureau for Food Security
Explore key takeaways from June's Market Systems Global Learning and Evidence Exchange in Dakar, Senegal.

Market Systems Interventions: Case Studies From Bangladesh

Mon, July 31, 2017
Margie Brand
Executive Director
Learn how driving firms to to consider smallholder farmers as a more integral part of their business strategy results in a more inclusive input supply system.

Is Financial Inclusion a Route to Reducing Intimate Partner Violence? What Does the Evidence Suggest?

Wed, July 26, 2017
Anita Raj
University Of California At San Diego School Of Medicine
Jeni Klugman
Georgetown University's Institute For Women Peace And Security
Read up on approaches to financial inclusion for women facing intimate partner violence.

Supporting Resilient Livelihoods in Challenging Environments: A Post-Event Q&A

Tue, July 25, 2017
Microlinks Team
Check out this post-event Q&A with presenters from June's Microlinks webinar, Supporting Resilient Livelihoods in Challenging Environments.

Combating Counterfeit Agriculture Inputs in Uganda Through Market Facilitation

Mon, July 24, 2017
Microlinks Team
Understanding how markets shape and are shaped by the broader system in which they are embedded is critical for making them work better for food-insecure families and poor farmers.

Population Growth Requires Looking Beyond Farming to Reduce Rural Poverty

Mon, July 10, 2017
Dan White
Read up on why the population explosion is one of the key reasons why we have to look beyond just farming as the primary pathway out of poverty for today and tomorrow’s youth.

The Stigma of Subsidies

Mon, July 3, 2017
Bronwyn Irwin
Global Practice Leader
Market systems conversations should be centered on subsidies — where they are applied, what measures we take to ensure they are “smart,” and how we design subsidies to strengthen development impact.

How Do We Encourage Innovation in Markets? What Can Systems Thinking Add?

Wed, June 14, 2017
Duncan Green
Strategic Advisor
Explore how reframing market systems as enabling environments with pockets of momentum, rather than a series of snapshot problems, can boost market systems change efforts.