Making seed markets work for the poor
As part of ELAN’s work to share the impact of using a markets system development approach - also known as the making markets work for the poor or “M4P” - ELAN has linked partners across various sectors with positive results. One such example is The African Seed Access Index (TASAI) which connected with humanitarian organizations also involved in the seed sector. TASAI recently further strengthened the connection between the private sector and humanitarian organizations by hosting a two-day training with organization such as FAO in Kinshasa. TASAI shared the market development approach (https://www.elanrdc.com/m4p-approach), how it relates to the structured grain trade and how the humanitarian sector can help bring about structural changes to improve people’s access to grains. ELAN RDC’s team focused on Markets in Crisis collaborated in facilitating the event.
Other ELAN private-sector partners are also committed to working in areas plagued by instability. NASECO, a Ugandan seed company, is continuing construction on a fully self-financed production unit in Ituri despite the insecurity in the province.