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Resilience Measurement of Market Systems in Nepal 

Recognizing the importance of building more resilient communities to be able to manage and adapt to recurring and unexpected weather, health and market shocks, Vikāra Institute's most recent study assessed the drivers of resilience in market systems in low income communities most impacted by these recurring shocks in Nepal. This study was particularly important in connecting household-level resilience with the larger market system’s resilience capacities. The study included gathering qualitative insights on the role that layered implementation of several donor activities have had in shaping these drivers of resilience of key market systems in Nepal. (This study was 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).

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Full Assessment: Market Systems Resilience in Nepal
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Case Study: Agrovets in Nepal: Catalyzing Healthy Competition & Cooperation
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Case Study: Catalyzing Cooperation along the Rice Value Chain in Nepal
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Case Study: Connectivity among Small-ScaleFood System Retailers in Nepal
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Resilience Measurement of Market Systems in Kenya (RMS-Kenya)

Vikāra led research on market systems resilience in communities in Kenya. This research identified the capability of market systems to respond to shocks and stresses. The research lab conducted field-based testing to understand how the crop, livestock, and dairy markets in Kenya respond to shocks and stresses. These included key domains to understanding resilience, including collaboration, competition, connectivity, diversity, power dynamics and business strategies, which impact the market system's ability to mitigate shocks and facilitate inclusive growth. Vikāra worked closely with The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, as a key local partner in Kenya. (Funded by USDA in close collaboration with USAID Kenya.).  

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