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USAID improves food security through enabling environment reform tools

Published on May 17, 2018

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The U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future, works to give families and communities in some of the world’s poorest countries the freedom and opportunity to lift themselves out of food insecurity and malnutrition. By equipping people with the knowledge and tools to feed themselves, nine million more people now live above the poverty line and farmers have generated $2.6 billion in new agricultural sales. To build on this momentum, the Enabling Environment for Food Security project has created “enabling environment reform tools” to support more robust market system approaches for improved food security outcomes.

The Enabling Environment Reform Tools contains four tools:

  1. The USAID Agriculture Business Enabling Environment (AgBEE) Snapshot tool offers quick, low-cost data collection and analysis at the country level and outlines five crucial steps in the lifecycle of successful agribusiness operations: i) accessing inputs, ii) accessing finance, iii) operating a business, iv) linking to markets and v) competing fairly.
  2. The Commercial, Legal and Institutional Reform (AGCLIR) tool offers a systems-based approach to identify the root causes of agricultural market system failures.
  3. The Value Chain Commercial Legal and Institutional Reform (VcCLIR) tool enables narrowly tailored analysis to identify priority constraints affecting the value chain and offers a rational process for developing a reform agenda driven by stakeholder priorities that can lead to inclusive market systems growth.
  4. The Seed Commercial, Legal and Institutional Reform (SeedCLIR) tool measures progress in seed system development in a single country over time to benchmark an enabling environment for seed between countries within or across geographic regions. This tool maps the performance and maturity of the agricultural business enabling environment (AgBEE) along one of five stages of seed sector development, giving Missions and policymakers an analysis to guide a reform agenda and measure the progress of those reform efforts over time.

The USAID Hub supports the Feed the Future initiative by implementing regional initiatives that improve market information, increase access to technology and innovation, and reduce non-tariff barriers that can hinder trade across borders.