To create an inclusive market system, we build the capacity of farmers and agribusinesses, strengthen linkages, and align profit incentives to ensure production is demand-driven and market-oriented. We foster mutually beneficial relationships between value chain actors, facilitate supply contracts and agriculture-specific financing, and train farmers associations in record keeping, meeting quantity and quality standards, and post-harvest handling. We also engage local governments to invest in improved public extension services and market infrastructure.
Inclusive Agricultural Market Systems and Value Chains.
Filling Gaps in Uganda’s Market Systems
With the Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing Activity, agriculture company Akorion uses a digital solution to help farmers access support services and improve information flow in the agricultural market system.
Transforming Agriculture in Nigeria
By engaging both the public and private sectors, USAID/Nigeria’s flagship project under Feed the Future enabled rural smallholder Nigerian farmers to sustainably produce over $1.7 billion in sales over a five-year period.
Strawberry Value Chains in Georgia
Through USAID’s New Economic Opportunities (NEO) program, Georgian farmers learned to cultivate strawberries, resulting in the creation of a development association and a new annual strawberry festival.
Agricultural Innovation in Haiti
Following the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development's #AIARD53 Conference, Jean-Robert Estimé explores the innovations with the greatest potential to transform agriculture in Haiti.
Rural Farmers in Market Systems
Dr. Tom Reardon sits down with Philip DeCosse to discuss the benefits of intermediaries for rural farmers.
Protecting Food Value Chains Across Africa
Aflasafe is a solution that reduces poisonous Aflatoxin levels in staple crops. Its commercialization improves food security and promotes resilience.
Establishing a Land Market in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is pursuing its next stage in land reform: establishing a land market to ensure the orderly transfer of land rights.
A Stronger Private Sector in Pakistan
Socioeconomic stabilization of vulnerable areas in Pakistan is of strategic interest and an urgent priority of the U.S. government.
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is working to strengthen the agriculture sector in western provinces, where a significant portion of the population relies on farming and agribusinesses.
Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Moldova’s agriculture sector has a promising future, but to become more competitive and achieve its full potential, the country needs systematic support.
Strengthening Maize, Bean, and Coffee Value Chains in Uganda
Although the vast majority of Ugandans earn their incomes from farming, the sector only generates about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Improved Livelihoods and Nutrition in Tajikistan
To address widespread nutrition deficiencies and food insecurity, smallholder farmers in Tajikistan must increase, diversify, and add value to their agricultural production.
Changing Lives in Haiti Through Agriculture
Sixty percent of people in Haiti rely on the agriculture sector to survive, and although crop yields are still extremely low by international standards, progress is being made.
Boosting Food and Economic Security in Afghanistan
In southern Afghanistan, where farmers and businesses have lagged behind in production and sales, interventions to promote better farming and agribusiness practices strengthen the economy.
Lead with Data: A Practical Tool to Design and Implement Market Systems Programming
This blog post originally appeared on the Market Systems Development Hub. Focusing Project Design on MSD The facilitative, systems approach required for market systems development (MSD) is not always intuitive to project staff. Those accustomed to working on traditional development programming have focused on training for beneficiaries, and those coming from the private sector have…
She Is an Agripreneur: Enabling Female Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness
Rapid urbanization in developing countries is shifting demand for agricultural goods. Meanwhile, the digitization of value chains is generating more transparent information on the pricing and movement of goods. These changes within food systems open windows of opportunity for agripreneurship — that is, entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector — both on the farm and beyond…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
Development Works Here with Robert Anyang
We’d like you to meet Robert Anyang! Robert is an agricultural value chain improvement and marketing expert. With extensive experience advancing public-private partnerships, incubating youth-owned businesses, and expanding farmers’ access to markets, Robert shares how he was destined for his current career. Robert is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1. Can you tell us about your journey…
When Projects Close: Lessons Learned from an Ex-Post Study
As international development professionals, we strive for sustainable project results and an evidence base for our approaches. But the truth is we don’t always know what happens to our efforts after a project closes. Chemonics recently conducted a self-financed ex-post study of a former agriculture project to fill that information gap. While the team did…
Supporting Healthy Digital Platform Competition in the Georgian Agriculture Market
This post originally appeared on ICTworks. When working in international markets, there is one golden rule to ensure sustainability: make sure your interventions do not distort markets. In small markets, such as Georgia, a country with less than 4 million people, 50 percent of which are self-employed in the agriculture industry, this is especially important. Laying…
4 Best Practices to Make Agriculture Insurance More Available and Affordable
This post originally appeared on Agrilinks. Farming is a risky livelihood throughout the world. But for smallholder farmers in particular, productivity and food security are defined by risk. “Good years” are defined by adequate rains, and “bad years” by drought. In Uganda, where 70 percent of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, the…
Ukraine’s Most Celebrated Watermelons Spark Unexpected Reform
This activity was one of the four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the market systems track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. It is not often that a pilot activity to improve a market system ends up capturing the imagination of a nation. Yet, when a barge loaded…
News: Four Innovations for Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development
Identifying solutions that work is a fundamental challenge in international development. To uncover effective approaches, Chemonics held the Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest in February and March 2018. The goal of the contest was to find inclusive, adaptable, and sustainable models of market systems development and youth enterprise development. Entries were judged…
Can a Competition Create Space for Learning? Three Design Factors to Consider
This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. Development practitioners are often innovating, piloting, and problem-solving — but sometimes these initiatives have a hard time getting disseminated past the project annual report. At Chemonics, the Economic Growth and Trade Practice and the Education and Youth Practice joined forces to kick off 2018 with the launch of our…
News: Looking to the Future of Digital Development
Which digital tools show the greatest promise to maximize development impact around the world? How can organizations and governments make sure that these tools are part of an inclusive approach to development? These are the kinds of questions that participants will discuss at the Digital Development Forum: The Next 10 Years event, hosted by USAID…
Thinking and Working Politically to Strengthen Agricultural Market Systems
Down-and-dirty politics and political roadblocks have thwarted the success of agricultural development projects for decades. To achieve greater success, we need to consider how we can better understand and break down such blocks. Whether we like it or not, international development efforts are inherently political. Within the agriculture sector, the relationships and power dynamics among…
Fostering Youth-Led Farmer Services Enterprises in Uganda
Uganda has the world’s second-youngest population with 8 million youth aged 15 to 30 and a growing job gap: Each year 400,000 youth enter the labor market and compete for 80,000 formal jobs. With a high population growth rate, job seekers are expected to reach 48 million by 2040. Reliant on agriculture, Uganda sits at…
Pulling Levers: Case Studies on Optimizing the Agriculture Sector Around the World
Market systems and their specific value chains are a complex web of players, incentives, and behaviors. Looking closely at the relationships and rules that exist among market players and at the decisions they make in light of available choices, it’s important to ensure value chain actors and service providers adopt the right tools, technologies, or…
News: Farmers Don’t Exist in a Vacuum: Leveraging Intermediaries to Make Market Systems Work Better for All
To feed the world’s 7.5 billion people and help smallholder farmers earn a decent living, development programs often focus on teaching farmers better production techniques. From promoting irrigation to encouraging proper pesticide use, helping farmers to produce a larger harvest is a tried and true method to increase food security and incomes. Yet farmers do…
News: Chemonics at Global Innovation Week
Digital technologies and data-driven approaches have enormous potential to transform global development. During Global Innovation Week, Chemonics joins USAID in celebrating these approaches to development challenges and announcing our commitment to innovation. Chemonics President and CEO Susanna Mudge joined leaders in the global development community to share some of Chemonics’ efforts to advance its innovation…
10 Lessons Learned for Facilitating an Inclusive Agricultural Market System
Agriculture is vital to the continued diversification of Nigeria’s economy and to rural prosperity and food security for all Nigerians. The country’s agricultural market system is exceedingly complex. Building the sector requires a systems approach that encompasses entire targeted value chains. All links are important. Without a link to a profitable source of market demand,…
Services On Wheels: Transforming Uganda’s Maize Market
In Uganda’s agricultural market system, the maize sub-sector is vital to national, community, and household food security. Uganda is the third-largest exporter of maize in Africa and second in maize flour, with exports dominating formal and informal export markets in East Africa, especially Kenya and South Sudan. A major issue for value chain actors, from…
Re-imagining the Small-Scale Trader in Ugandan Value Chains
Middleman — the very term itself is associated with extra hoops to jump through, farmers being cheated, and limited value being offered to farmers and value chains generally. The idea of cutting out the middleman is frequently thought of as a selling point, casting these intermediaries as the “bad guys” of the value chain, worth…
3 Questions with Robert Anyang: Feeding the Next Generation in Uganda
Youth engagement in agriculture is an important component of many agricultural development programs. Why is it so important to reach youth? Firstly, the current population that’s engaged in agriculture in Uganda has an average age of around 65 years old. As that population stops farming in the next five to 10 years, who will feed…