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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.

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.

Demystifying Practical Market Facilitation Tactics Though Next Generation Learning Tools

Thu, October 13, 2016
Margie Brand
Executive Director
Explore learning tools that build practitioners’ capacity around effective market facilitation in a creative, experiential, "text-lite," and interactive way that is particularly oriented towards field-based staff.

Feed the Future’s Role in Strengthening Women’s Empowerment

Thu, September 29, 2016
Yanet Rodriguez
Program Analyst
Krista Jacobs
Gender Advisor
Read how Feed the Future is investing in women's empowerment in agriculture.

What We Learned Through ONA... and What We Learned About ONA

Mon, September 12, 2016
Craig Hempfling
Independent Consultant
The Government of Serbia is growing the MSME sector through public, private, education and civil society actors. USAID/Serbia asked the LEO activity to utilize organizational network analysis (ONA) to explore these networks' effectiveness.

Implementing Market Systems Programs in Fragile Contexts

Fri, September 9, 2016
Andy Hunter
Economic Development Consultant
It is incumbent upon implementing agencies in Afghanistan to phase out subsidies and allow natural Afghan entrepreneurship to grow into the market gaps.