MOST employs a market systems approach to catalyse sustainable pro-poor change in the market systems of multiple oilseeds in Malawi. In each sector, MOST has identified priority constraints and designed a series of interventions to address these constraints.
The core elements of the market systems approach are:
- A focus on causes rather than symptoms, addressing systemic constraints rather than directly delivering services.
- The market as a system, made of (1) functions – the core transaction of supply and demand and the range of functions around this – such as rules, information and inputs; and (2) players– such as the private sector, community groups and government.
- Aid support as a ‘facilitator’, working with players to get them to work more effectively and not becoming an aid-funded deliverer.
- Indirect as much as direct impact, working with specific players as well as stimulating others in the system.
- Sustainability and scale, market systems approaches are explicitly about facilitating systemic change which is sustainable and large-scale.