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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.

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
Microlinks
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
ICRW
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
CARE
Emily Janoch
CARE
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
CARE
Akram Ali
CARE
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
USAID
Jenn Williamson
Director of Gender Mainstreaming and Women’s Empowerment
ACDI/VOCA
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.