USAID Feed the Future Value Chain Project

In 2016, CITE launched a new partnership with USAID Uganda to support its Feed the Future Value Chain project. This partnership will leverage CITE’s scalability research, methodology, and tools to develop new approaches that better assess the impact of agricultural market facilitation across Uganda.

Feed the Future is an initiative led by USAID that seeks to “combat global hunger and poverty” by generating economic growth, increasing incomes, boosting agricultural productivity, improving family nutrition, scaling existing technologies, and more. In Uganda, Feed the Future efforts support the Government of Uganda’s food security and nutrition goals by seeking to increase quality and production in maize, bean, and coffee value chains by improving the enabling environment, building farmer capacity, engaging the private sector, and enabling smallholder farmers to better connect with inputs and markets.

Because of the complexity and breadth of Feed the Future efforts, it can be difficult to accurately assess the impact of the initiative on farmers. Additionally, it can take years for this kind of impact data to materialize. 

CITE’s role in this new partnership is to help Feed the Future develop new approaches to better and more quickly understand that impact.

CITE’s work includes two key components:

  1. to map and understand the broader agricultural market in Uganda, and
  2. to develop nimble indicators that can monitor early change that is happening in that system and inform learning and adaptation regarding the Feed the Future market facilitation work

To map the agricultural system in Uganda, CITE will use a spiral development process, iterating and releasing new, updated versions of the systems map as more is learned over time. Then, CITE researchers will do deep-dive studies of sub-systems, which will help, for example, answer questions about how best to facilitate a market for quality differentiated prices.

This partnership is a natural extension of CITE’s scalability work, enabling the private sector to scale quality inputs and access to good markets, and to better understand the broader supply chain. CITE’s work will allow Feed the Future to learn from its efforts, and adapt to improve those efforts to concentrate impact over time. 

This project is supported by MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics and George Washington University. The total expected budget over four years is $3.5 million.

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