The MIT D-Lab, working with Mercy Corps, developed the Energy Assessment Toolkit to help organizations with strong connections in off-grid communities assess local energy needs, and select and implement market-based solutions that meet those needs. The toolkit includes surveys and interview guides that an organization can use to gather information from a range of stakeholders.
Productivity isn't the only variable in the effort to increase the world's food supply; one-third of all food gets lost or wasted. Science for Society Techno Services claims its solar conduction dryer increases the shelf life of perishable produce by six to 12 months, and the firm even buys processed food from farmers and takes their dehydrated produce to market.
OxyContin is a dying business in America. So the company’s owners, the Sackler family, adopted a new strategy: Put the painkiller that set off the U.S. opioid crisis into medicine cabinets around the world.
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Many farmers operating in a market system broken by conflict have been propped up by global humanitarian efforts. However, Andy Hunter, a market systems practitioner, says that replacing essential commercial services with donor-funded direct delivery options is a market distortion that ultimately ensures a complete collapse of a functional market system.