Our Signature Tools embody our most effective strategies to empower people to succeed in the global economy. Our diverse tools help projects communicate behavior change, strengthen individual capacity, facilitate collective action, locate value chain opportunities, foster smallholder growth, determine market return, parlay farms into businesses, evaluate risk and open credit, and boost farmers’ profitability, among others. By helping practitioners meet the unique challenges of the markets and communities in which they operate, these tools result in more successful and sustainable projects.
Market actors often blame others within their value chain for limiting their profits. To remedy this, MarketFacilitator builds trust among participants. Together, they can fulfill their market’s larger demand. MarketFacilitator guides market actors through a comprehensive review of the constraints and opportunities within their value chain to identify a coordinated set of actions.
The MarketFinder toolkit includes a group of four tools (Market Window, Cost Benefit, Risk assessment, and Trade Analysis) which allow a project or company to identify the most profitable products to promote. These four tools can be used independently or in combination. Together with Market Flow and Market Facilitator, these tools form the basis of ACDI/VOCA’s Market Intelligence Suite.
Inefficient value chains limit profitable transactions and critical investments, disproportionally affecting the incomes of rural households. MarketFlow provides a strategic approach for improving overall market competitiveness. MarketFlow identifies value chain constraints in reaching end market opportunities while surfacing the best intervention points to foster inclusive growth of small firms and smallholder farmers.
M4 empowers farmer-based organizations (FBOs) to assess their performance and to identify improvements along the four areas of membership, marketing, money, and management. Many assessments are complicated, expensive, and not directly meaningful to FBO leaders. The M4 assessment provides an open and transparent process for members to quickly reach consensus on their priorities.