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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.

“There’s something awfully screwy going on around here” — Finding the missing piece in a market system analysis.

Mon, November 23, 2015
Olaf Kula
Senior Vice President, Private Engagement
ACDI/VOCA
When a market system isn’t humming along as it should, something must be missing. Read on for examples from Cambodia and Guinea.

Catalyzing Ecosystems for Entrepreneurship

Thu, November 19, 2015
Stephanie Buck
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Missed our chat on entrepreneurial ecosystems with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs? Read the highlights here.

Strengthening Entrepreneurship by Understanding Failure

Wed, November 18, 2015
Christy Sisko
Chemonics
Eileen Hoffman
Chemonics
Read these meaty takeaways from our online discussion about failure in entrepreneurship.

The Cost of Missed Opportunity is Borne on Women’s Shoulders

Wed, November 18, 2015
Olaf Kula
Senior Vice President, Private Engagement
ACDI/VOCA
Underdevelopment and missed market opportunities come with real costs, especially for women.

Coming Soon: An All-New Microlinks

Wed, November 4, 2015
Microlinks Team
Microlinks is getting a whole new look! Read about some of the new features here.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - 4 Practical Tips for Working with Farmer Producer Groups

Fri, October 30, 2015
Charlie Turner
Communications Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
We caught up with practitioners at the SEEP conference to discuss the do's and don'ts of market systems development. Give it a read!

Notes from SEEP 2015: Partnering with the Private Sector

Fri, October 30, 2015
Usman Iqtidar
Knowledge Management Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
Interested in private sector engagement? Read on for some insights from the SEEP conference, including a video interview with ACDI/VOCA’s Olaf Kula.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - Women’s Economic Empowerment

Mon, October 26, 2015
Rosamund Mische John
Knowledge Management Specialist
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
This year’s SEEP Conference focused on inclusion and resilience, and included a Women’s Economic Empowerment track. Find out some of what we learned here.

Notes from SEEP 2015 - Some Thoughts on Building Resilience in Agricultural Systems: What Works?

Mon, October 26, 2015
Dana James
Project Coordinator
Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project
What matters when working to build resilience for smallholders, and what works? Read this post highlighting insights from the SEEP 2015 conference to find out.

Shifting to Market System Facilitation Approaches

Tue, October 20, 2015
Kristin O'Planick
Enterprise Development Specialist
USAID
Shifting to a market systems approach has many practical and operational implications, especially around staffing, relationships, M&E, and coordination. USAID is one organisation that is implementing these shifts and sharing some lessons learned.