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Entries in agriculture best/promising practices (13)

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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Tuesday
Feb122013

Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation   

Toward Resilience is an introductory resource for staff of development and humanitarian organizations that are working with people whose lives and rights are threatened by disasters and climate change. The guide provides

  • essential introductory information,
  • principles of effective practice,
  • guidelines for action in a range of sectors and settings,
  • case studies and
  • links to tools and resources.

Download a free PDF in English (1.6 MB)
Download a free PDF in French (4.4 MB)
Download a free PDF in Spanish (3.8 MB)
Purchase a copy from Practical Action Publishing in English, French or Spanish

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Vers la résilience : Un guide pour la réduction des risques de catastrophes et l’adaptation au changement climatique

Vers la resilience : Un guide pour la reduction des risques de catastrophes et ladaptation au changement climatique   

Vers la résilience : Un guide pour la réduction des risques de catastrophes et l'adaptation au changement climatique est un document d’introduction destiné au personnel des organisations humanitaires et de développement, travaillant avec les populations dont la vie et les droits sont menacés par les catastrophes et le changement climatique.

Le guide fournit des informations préliminaires essentielles, des principes de pratique efficace, des directives pour l’action dans un large éventail de secteurs et de contextes, des études de cas et des liens vers des outils et des ressources utiles pour l’application d’une approche de la réduction des risques de catastrophe et de l’adaptation au changement climatique intégrée et fondée sur le droit.

Download a free PDF in English (1.6 MB)
Download a free PDF in French (4.4 MB)
Download a free PDF in Spanish (3.8 MB)
Purchase a copy from Practical Action Publishing in English, French or Spanish

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Tuesday
Feb122013

Hacia la resiliencia: Una guía para la reducción del riesgo de desastres y adaptación al cambio climático

Hacia la resiliencia: Una guia para la reduccion del riesgo de desastres y adaptacion al Cambio Climatico   

Hacia la resiliencia: Una guía para la reducción del riesgo de desastres y adaptación al cambio climático es un recurso de carácter introductorio destinado al personal de organizaciones de desarrollo y ayuda humanitaria que trabaja con personas cuyas vidas y derechos se ven amenazados por los desastres y el cambio climático.

La guía contiene información introductoria, principios de prácticas efectivas, directrices para la acción en una serie de sectores y entornos, estudios de caso y enlaces de internet hacia herramientas y recursos útiles para la aplicación de un enfoque integrado basado en derechos para la reducción del riesgo de desastres y la adaptación al cambio climático.

Download a free PDF in English (1.6 MB)
Download a free PDF in French (4.4 MB)
Download a free PDF in Spanish (3.8 MB)
Purchase a copy from Practical Action Publishing in English, French or Spanish

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Monday
Feb042013

Climate Change: From Concepts to Action; A Guide for Development Practitioners

Climate Change: From Concepts to Action   

Climate change poses threats and opportunities to the rural poor. This guide

  • reviews the evidence of climate change,
  • introduces three strategies for dealing with climate change and
  • provides concrete ways to help the rural poor adapt.

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Thursday
Jan242013

Five Skill Sets for Smallholder Farmers

Five Skill Sets for Smallholder Farmers   

What skills do smallholder farmers need in order to succeed? The guides and videos in this site explain how to help farmers strengthen five skill sets to successfully engage with markets.

Visit the website
Browse the guides
Watch the videos

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Thursday
Jun282012

Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Information and Communication Technologies for Development   

This paper provides a snapshot of agriculture solutions that are emerging through information and communication technologies. It describes how these solutions are beginning to be used to fight hunger, reduce poverty, advance education, protect the environment and improve health.

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Friday
Jun012012

Maximizing the Value of “Cash for Work”: Lessons from a Niger land recuperation project, CRS EARLI

This report describes the 20 best practices distilled from a recent Real Time Evaluation of EARLI, a cash for work program implemented by CRS in Niger.

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Download the PDF in French (441 KB)
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Friday
Jan142011

Working Together, Learning Together

Documents CRS’ experience with an agroenterprise “learning alliance”—a participatory approach to learning that aims to accelerate institutional change and deepen the level of impact.

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Friday
Jan142011

A Participatory Guide to Developing Partnerships, Area Resource Assessment and Planning Together

Lays the groundwork for rural agroenterprise projects by leading service providers through an asset-based analysis of the area where a project takes place, a social profile analysis of the client group(s), and the establishment of an agroenterprise working group.

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Friday
Jan142011

Identifying Market Opportunities for Rural Smallholder Producers

Provides a simple and systematic participatory method for gathering market information to identify products and services for agroenterprise development.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Seed Aid for Seed Security 

Advice for Practitioners

Seed-based agricultural recovery is more complex than commonly assumed. These ten practice briefs offer advice on how to sustain and strengthen seed systems during disaster response and recovery periods. Up-to-date technical information addresses issues such as introducing new varieties, protecting agrobiodiversity, and exploiting market opportunities during periods of acute and chronic stress. Specific aid-response tools are also offered, including methods for assessing seed system security, guidelines for learning-focused evaluations, and checklists to ensure quality in seed-aid proposal development. The briefs were prepared by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and Catholic Relief Services, with CARE Norway.

  1. Who Are We and What Do We Do?  PDF (243 KB) | Read online
  2. Overview of Seed Systems under Stress Project  PDF (257 KB) | Read online
  3. Understanding Seed Security  PDF (260 KB) | Read online
  4. Agrobiodiversity and Seed Relief  PDF (257 KB) | Read online
  5. Using Seed Aid to Give Farmers Access to Seed of New Varieties  PDF (251 KB) | Read online
  6. Understanding Seed Systems Used by Small Farmers in Africa: Focus on Markets  PDF (250 KB) | Read online
  7. Assessing Seed System Security  PDF (242 KB) | Read online
  8. Seed Relief Responses: An Overview  PDF (242 KB) | Read online
  9. The Power of Evaluation  PDF (260 KB) | Read online
  10. Developing a Seed-Aid Proposal: A Rapid Review Checklist for Practitioners  PDF (262 KB) | Read online
  11. When and How to Respond with Vegetable Seed Programming  PDF (376 KB)
  12. Vegetable Seed Supply and Selection in Humanitarian Response  PDF (440 KB)

Download the full set as a PDF (2.5 MB), EPUB e-book (for most e-readers, 1.8 MB) or Kindle edition (MOBI, 2 MB).

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Monday
Mar012010

C3P Crop Crisis Control Project - The Use of GIS in Crop Disease Management

This brief summarizes the contributions and use of geographic mapping tools (GIS/GPS) in a disease management project and discusses the challenges encountered while providing recommendations for future projects.

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