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Kenya Research Lab

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Nepal Research Lab

 
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Resilience Measurement of Market Systems in Kenya (RMS-Kenya)

Vikāra is leading research on market systems resilience in communities in Kenya. (Funded by USDA in close collaboration with USAID Kenya.). This research and learning activity identifies the capability of market systems to respond to shocks and stresses. The research lab is conducting field-based testing to understand how the crop, livestock, and dairy markets respond to elements of the market system such as competition, connectivity, and diversity, which impact its ability to mitigate shocks and facilitate inclusive growth. The research lab will provide field-tested improvements to the USAID market systems resilience framework. The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is a key local partner in Kenya leading the research effort. 

Key Objectives of this Learning and Research

To test and align the market systems resilience framework in order to provide a better understanding of resilience in crop production, livestock, and dairy market systems. 

To develop practical guidance on how to apply USAID’s Market Systems Resilience Framework to support international development programming from a global perspective.

 
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Resilience Measurement of Market Systems in Nepal (RMS-Nepal)

Vikāra is leading research on market systems resilience in communities in Nepal. (Funded by USAID/Nepal, in collaboration with USAID’s Center for Resilience and the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and managed through USAID’s Market Systems and Partnership Activity.) The research is conducting an assessment of drivers of market systems resilience in target Feed the Future zone(s) of influence, gathering qualitative insights on the role that layered implementation of several USAID activities may have had in shaping these Market Systems Resilience drivers. This study will include a special focus on connecting the market system’s resilience capacities with household-level resilience.