This rap (and it is a rap, not a poem), is dedicated to my fellow JF Sarah Vooys, with whom I will have beatboxing parties this summer. This is to get my creative juices flowing.
I hope you can decipher, amidst the mad rhymez, what I am trying to communicate. This is an introduction to my placement this summer, and a definition of market facilitation!
AVC & Market Facilitation
So I’m travellin’ this summer, lemme give you an intro
To EWB in Ghana, let’s begin yo!
Got a team of Junior Fellows, African Program Staff too,
Before I continue let me introduce them all to you!
Sarah, Alanna, Tom, Adam, and me
Working with Ben, Mike, and David in Ghana we’ll be
While our close friends Emily, Chris, Mina and Lauren
Some new (EWB) Ugandan ground will be explorin’
Ryan, Louise, and Amir are included too
AVC team so sick don’t know what to do.
AVC? What’s that? Agricultural Value Chainz
And you’re curious about MF? Let me rack your brainz:
A value chain describes the system of transactions
of a product when private sector players’ reactions
transform a market product from the start to the end
adding value as they go, it’s simple, my friend!
Input suppliers, then producers and buyers and more:
Exporters, wholesalers, retailers, to the store
We think like this with a market system perspective
Addressing systemic constraints is our main objective
And how do we do it? Market Facilitation
Stimulate the market: an artistic creation
We wanna stimulate development and make it grow
But not become a part of it, didn’t ya know?
Take a neutral position (don’t just look at the farmers)
To catalyze ownership and create organizations of learners,
so we can peace soon and have sustainable outcomes
keep a light-touch approach, yea that’s how it’s done.
We need relationships, ownership and we make incentives
Have an exit strategy and don’t just provide services
Get lots of people involved and invested in the plan
Vision all together, don’t just leave it to one man
And why do we do this? What’s MF used for?
We want economic growth, improved livelihoods, and more!
But to do this we need big-time behaviour change
Strong commercial relations, too, I know it sounds strange.
Can I facilitate a market? It’s not simple, fool!
Strong market facilitators need a lot of tools
Gotta communicate well and build relationships, too
Analyze systems, coach, and innovate we do.
I still don’t know much, ask me again in half a year
By then I’ll have returned and the semester will be near
I will have rocked my JF placement (hopefully at least!)
Built some killer new friendships, fought a few wild beasts…
I am SO CRAZY EXCITED, ask any of my friends
I just rant about this summer all the time with no end
It’s gonna be amazin’ being with such a great team
But now it’s “good night”! Time for some sweet AVC dreamz.
My apologies, my rapping skillz are not quite up to par yet. Seeing as it is rather difficult to explain Market Faciliation via rhyme, I trust many of you will have ended that confused. Good! What a great opportunity to ask me about it. I will do my best to respond to any comments/clarification requests to the best of my ability!