Market Systems in Start Up: Learning for Innovation

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The USAID Feed the Future Mozambique Agricultural Innovations Activity (FTF Inova) implemented by DAI Global, LLC, adopts and applies market systems approach principles in engagements with motivated partners to generate inclusive, sustainable growth in the agricultural economy. In its first year of implementation, the project management team’s core task involved translating its technical approach and guiding principles into a set of actionable tools and strategies. This blog outlines three innovative strategies FTF Inova used to establish a culture of learning both within the project team itself and between the project and its partners/beneficiaries to promote the internalization of market systems principles, reinforce staff capacity building and market knowledge, and jump-start technical implementation.

15 Apr 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Acamango Vicky

Interesting.... So resourceful... I love M4P

13 Apr 2018, 9:08 p.m.

William Mato

Very useful experience you have shared Luca. Most of start up MSD projectz fail on learning and adaptive management/ flexibility towards the current picture of the market system. Learning has to be the culture of MSD facilitators and has to be managed well. Lack of clear partner engagement strategies and procedures with organization also have resulted into weak partnership base

11 Apr 2018, 4:49 p.m.

Md. Asad-Ur-Rahman Nile

A very well written piece. The simulation and knowledge exchange parts must be very helpful to avoid the trial and error method.

11 Apr 2018, 8:15 a.m.

Corin Mitchell

A good piece Luca. Constant reflection, learning adapting and changing are always key in MSD programmes. The intersection and decision between ‘light touch’ facilitation and more proactive shorter-term technical inputs can, in my experience across programmes, mean getting traction and results that last verses shorter-term quick wins that don’t.

11 Apr 2018, 7:20 a.m.

Luca Crudeli

Link was not working initially. But it works now. Sorry for that.