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Entries in Agriculture (113)

Friday
Aug282015

Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change

  

This set of pocket guides is a resource for field agents working in agricultural extension. The concepts, information and practices in these guides support CRS' work with farm families and help reduce their risks from weather changes.

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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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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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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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Wednesday
Aug272014

Moving Together to the Market: The Clustering Approach to Agroenterprise Development for Small Farmers

Moving Together to the Market: The Clustering Approach to Agroenterprise Development for Small Farmers   

Smallholder farmers can improve their livelihoods by better understanding their market opportunities. Moving Together to the Market is a step-by-step guide to help extension workers train farmers in agroenterprise skills.

The guide describes how extension workers can help farmers to form clusters and engage with markets. It includes eight tool kits that extension workers can use to guide farmers through the process.

Download the manual (PDF, 4.7 MB)

Download the tool kits:

  1. Partnership building, site selection and cluster formation (ZIP, 4 MB)
  2. Product selection and supply assessment (ZIP, 1.7 MB)
  3. Market chain study (ZIP, 1.8 MB)
  4. Cluster commitment-setting (ZIP, 1.2 MB)
  5. Agroenterprise plan and mobilization (ZIP, 1 MB)
  6. Product supply organizing (ZIP, 64 KB)
  7. Test marketing (ZIP, 1.8 MB)
  8. Sustained enterprises (ZIP, 488 KB)

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Monday
Jul212014

Niger Resilience Study 

   In 2012, the Sahel faced a severe food security crisis for the fourth time within a decade. Poor rains, rising food process and internal displacement caused by insecurity has placed almost 12 million people at risk for hunger. In May and June of 2012, CRS partnered with TANGO International to evaluate the severity of the situation and assess the efficacy of past projects on household resilience in the face of potential crisis. This paper outlines the methodology, results, and recommendations from this research.

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Tuesday
May202014

Cultivating Change: Success Stories From the WALA and IMPACT Programs in Southern Malawi

Cultivating Change: Success Stories From the WALA and IMPACT Programs in Southern Malawi   

These success stories describe how two programs helped poor and vulnerable people to strengthen their health, agricultural livelihoods and food security in Malawi. The programs

  • helped families to grow more food,
  • guided farmers toward profitable business practices,
  • helped people to form savings groups,
  • taught families and young mothers about health and nutrition and
  • increased access to HIV services and social welfare systems.
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