Implementation of the "Market for the Poor" approach: Capitalizing on the experience of the South Caucasus

In February 2006, ACH began implementing the markets for the poor approach in its projects in the South Caucasus region, specifically in Armenia and Azerbaijan, as part of the food security strategy. ACH's food security intervention in these countries has evolved from an emergency intervention during the collapse of the Soviet Union to a rural development intervention according to the evolution of each country from 1994 to the present. This document describes the main guidelines for the implemenation of M4P, and aims to provide support to the missions that are rethinking the development of interventions to strengthen livelihoods, promote self-reliance, and promote socio-economic development through improved access to food through interventions in the market.