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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.

What Works for Women’s Employment

Tue, April 11, 2017
Sarah Gammage
Director of Gender, Economic Empowerment, and Livelihoods
International Center for Research on Women
Liliane Winograd
Gender and Development Specialist
International Center for Research on Women
Learn how demand-side interventions can be powerful tools to increase women’s economic participation.

The Value of Time Travel: MERS Through the Ages

Mon, March 27, 2017
Sarah Ward
Independent Consultant: Livelihoods and Economic Recovery in Crisis
Learn more about the MERS 3rd Edition and how thinking around market systems and livelihoods has advanced.

Women Without Borders: Q and A With Banyan Global's Lis Meyers on Women in Southern Africa's Informal Cross-Border Trade

Thu, March 16, 2017
Microlinks Team
This Q and A with Lis Meyers of Banyan Global follows Agrilinks-Microlinks' joint event on International Women's Day, which explored female informal cross-border traders in southern Africa and the constraints they face.

Empowering Girls to Enter the Workforce: ICRW’s PAGE Program

Wed, March 1, 2017
Erin Kelly
Senior Communications Specialist
Learn how the PAGE program is empowering adolescent girls and building their job skills in schools in low-income communities in New Delhi, India.

How the Avon Lady Improves Incomes in Bangladesh by 31%

Wed, February 8, 2017
Maruf Azam
Emily Janoch
Learn how a direct sales model solves a market need in Bangladesh.

Fixing a Market Failure Provides Profits and Empowerment

Wed, January 25, 2017
Emily Janoch
Deputy Director for Research, Innovation, Evaluation, and Learning
Akram Ali
A few small changes in the market system—collection points closer to home, machines that provide more transparency, and aligning the needs of buyers and producers—can provide all of these benefits because together they solve the market failure.

Your Questions About Facilitating Systemic Change in Feed the Future Countries Answered! (Part 2 of 2)

Wed, December 7, 2016
Microlinks Team
Practitioners from ACDI/VOCA, Impact LLC and MarketShare Associates discussed findings on the diffusion of innovations within market systems in several programs. Part 2 of 2.

Your Questions About Facilitating Systemic Change in Feed the Future Countries Answered! (Part 1 of 2)

Thu, December 1, 2016
Microlinks Team
Practitioners discuss findings around the diffusion of innovations within market systems in the Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program, the Senegal Nataal Mbay program, the Zambia PROFIT PLUS program and the Ghana ADVANCE II program.

Rural Poverty Escapes: Q and A Session With Researchers

Wed, November 23, 2016
Microlinks Team
Presenters from the joint Microlinks-Agrilinks conference held in September, Sustainable Poverty Escapes, answer questions regarding their work on resilience and risk factors in poverty escapes.

Mapping the Chain: Looking Beyond Production for Inclusive Agriculture Development

Mon, November 21, 2016
Krista Jacobs
Gender Advisor
Jenn Williamson
Director of Gender Mainstreaming and Women’s Empowerment
The deeper understanding that comes from a robust review of evidence and lessons learned will identify good practices that enhance women’s, men’s, boys’, and girls’ livelihoods and well-being throughout agricultural systems.