Chemonics, joined by Making Cents International, Land O’Lakes International Development, and IFDC, will host an invitation-only learning and exchange symposium entitled “Enabling Market Intermediaries for Improved Market Systems” on October 6, 2017.

Inclusive agricultural market system development is a cornerstone of USAID’s and other donors’ efforts to foster sustainable, agriculture-led growth and food security. There are many possible pathways for an agricultural market system or specific value chain to become more inclusive and sustainable. What is important is that projects take into account the patterns of behavior that either advance or hinder a well-functioning, inclusive market system when they assess potential pathways. A feature that characterizes many value chains is ineffective competition and poor cooperation, with entrenched mistrust among value chain actors. To foster more effective vertical and horizontal relationships among actors and create a system that is competitive, inclusive, and resilient, the role of intermediary business models is increasing in importance as a lever for changing behaviors and processes. By sending services and extension messaging along their value chains and offering price differentiation, end buyer-linked intermediaries can incentivize farmers to produce high-quality products in consistent quantities. When supported by enabling environment reforms and integrated with cross-cutting considerations like gender and youth inclusion, the intermediary approach can yield impactful, sustainable results.

During the symposium, we will share knowledge, good practices, and lessons learned to leverage market intermediaries to transform market systems, advance food security and resilience, and foster inclusion of women and youth.

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Tom Reardon, Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University
  • The USAID Nigeria Maximizing Agricultural Revenue in Key Enterprises and Targeted Sites (MARKETS) II project
  • The Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing (CPM) Activity
  • The USAID Colombia Rural Finance Initiative

When:

Friday, October 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Please note that this event is by invitation only. Contact the organizer