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Monday
Dec152014

Briefs and case studies on seed storage

Briefs and case studies on seed storage   

Farmer-managed seed is central to food security. The briefs in this series aim to provide practical guidance to program managers about seed storage. The case studies offer examples from the field.

Overview of Briefs and Case Studies (PDF, 1.5 MB)

Briefs

  1. Defining Seed Quality and Principles (PDF, 1 MB)
  2. Hermetic Seed Storage Technology (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  3. Economics and Promotion (732 KB)

Case studies

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Friday
Nov212014

Typhoon Haiyan: Cash-for-Shelter Pilot Findings

Typhoon Haiyan: Cash-for-Shelter Pilot Findings   

This handout summarizes the findings from a cash-for-shelter pilot study in the Philippines.

The study found that cash grants can be effective and flexible in meeting the needs of families. Cash grants can also provide a positive incentive to use "build back safer" techniques.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Governance at the Grassroots: An Analysis of Local Government Structures in the Sahel Regions of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali

Governance at the Grassroots: An Analysis of Local Government Structures in the Sahel Regions of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali   

This study analyzes governance issues in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. It focuses on the links between decentralization and local government's management of disaster risk reduction. The study offers recommendations to strengthen a project that builds resilience to climate change.

Catholic Relief Services commissioned Agence Corade to conduct this analysis.

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Wednesday
Nov052014

Gouvernance à la base: Rapport d'analyse de la gouvernance locale dans les régions Sahéliennes du Niger, du Burkina Faso et du Mali

Gouvernance a la base   

This study analyzes questions that relate to governance in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. It focuses on the links between decentralization and local government’s management of disaster risk reduction. The study offers recommendations to strengthen a project that builds resilience to climate change.

Catholic Relief Services commissioned Agence Corade to conduct this analysis.

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Friday
Sep262014

Watershed Development and Integration in Southern Malawi

  

This paper summarizes Watershed Development in Malawi: A Study from the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) Program, a study documenting the approach and community perceptions of the CRS-led and USAID-funded Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program’s watershed work in Southern Malawi.

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Friday
Sep262014

Watershed Development in Malawi: A Study from the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) Program 

  

This study documents the approach and community perceptions of the CRS-led and USAID-funded Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program’s watershed work in Southern Malawi. The report looks at three main themes: behavior change, technological diffusion, and impact.

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Friday
Sep262014

Empowering Women Through Savings Groups: A Study from the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) Program 

  

This study explores women’s participation and leadership in savings groups in the CRS-led and USAID-funded Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program in southern Malawi. The objective of the study was to understand how WALA-supported savings groups advanced women’s empowerment and long-lasting changes to gender power equalities. The report presents research design, methodologies, analysis and key findings, and recommendations for action.

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Monday
Sep222014

Adapting to the Sahel's Changing Climate: Local Approaches; An Economic and Technical Feasibility Analysis of Adaptation Techniques in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali

Adapting to the Sahel's Changing Climate: Local Approaches; An Economic and Technical Feasibility Analysis of Adaptation Techniques in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali   

This report assesses the threats that climate change poses for vulnerable populations and ecosystems in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali. The report identifies adaptation strategies. It also proposes climate-smart agricultural technologies and strategies.

Catholic Relief Services commissioned Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy to write this report.

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Monday
Sep222014

Building Livelihoods on the Front Lines of Climate Change: Identifying Market Opportunities and Agricultural Value Chains in the Sahel Regions of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali

Building Livelihoods on the Front Lines of Climate Change: Identifying Market Opportunities and Agricultural Value Chains in the Sahel Regions of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali   

This report assesses various market opportunities in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali. It examines priority crop, livestock and forestry value chains for men and women. It also identifies barriers to inclusion and opportunities for full participation.

Catholic Relief Services commissioned Tulane University’s Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy to write this report.

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Monday
Sep222014

Literature Review of Land Tenure in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali: Context and Opportunities

Literature Review of Land Tenure in Niger, Burkina Faso, and Mali: Context and Opportunities   

This paper describes options for engaging with the complex issue of land tenure as it relates to broader social, economic, and environmental resilience in the Sahel regions of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali.

The paper gives special attention to vulnerable groups such as women and pastoralists.

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Monday
Sep222014

Rapport des sessions d’écoute dans les villages et auprès des leaders dans les regions sahéliennes du Niger, du Burkina Faso, et du Mali

Rapport des sessions d’écoute dans les villages et auprès des leaders dans les regions sahéliennes du Niger, du Burkina Faso, et du Mali   

Catholic Relief Services commissioned national research teams in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali to conduct focus groups with community members and key leaders.

The focus groups revealed local knowledge, perspectives and concerns about a project that was designed to promote resilience.

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Thursday
Sep182014

Integrated Early Childhood Care and Development Flipbook

  

This flipbook is a tool for bringing children and caregivers together in a fun and interactive way. It contains simple, child-friendly messages and strategies for parents and family caregivers that are easy to implement at home. This resource is part of a set of training materials developed to support CRS’ Integrated Early Childhood Care and Development project, Ngoana eo ke oa mang? Whose Child is This? in Lesotho.

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Tuesday
Sep162014

Connecting the Dots: A Family Care Model That Protects Children 

  

This audio-enabled powerpoint presentation describes the process of creating the IMPACT program’s community systems strengthening approach to child protection.

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Tuesday
Sep092014

Integrating Agriculture and Nutrition Programming: Approaches and Lessons Learned

  

Catholic Relief Services commissioned Tufts University to review selected CRS programs. The objective of the review was to determine the degree of integration between nutrition and agriculture and document approaches used for integrating programming. This brief describes some of CRS’ approaches for integrating agriculture and nutrition programming within the context of 4 of Herford’s Guiding Principles for nutrition-sensitive agriculture and rural development.

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Friday
Aug292014

Education Drop-in Centers: Communities Promote Learning and School Attendance 

  

Though not a part of the original program design, the USAID and PEPFAR-funded Integrated (HIV Effect) Mitigation and Positive Action for Community Transformation (IMPACT) program in Malawi responded to poor academic performance and high drop-out rates among orphans and vulnerable children in program areas by providing support to educational drop in centers and had very positive results. This brief outlines the IMPACT approach and tips for implementation.

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