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Entries in agriculture case studies (18)

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
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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Wednesday
Sep042013

The Road to Resilience: Case Studies on Building Resilience in the Horn of Africa

The Road to Resilience: Case Studies on Building Resilience in the Horn of Africa   

How can relief and development programs promote resilience in regions that experience recurrent crises? The six case studies in this document describe some of the ways that CRS has responded to the following challenges in the Horn of Africa:

  • Drought-related climate change
  • Environmental degradation
  • Floods
  • Crop pests and diseases

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Monday
Jan282013

La question du genre dans les groupements paysans mixtes : Une étude de cas à Madagascar

La question du genre dans les groupements paysans mixtes : Une étude de cas à Madagascar   

Cette étude de cas offre un aperçu important sur les rôles des hommes et des femmes et la dynamique des sexes au sein de 14 groupes d'agriculteurs à Madagascar. Les conclusions et recommandations permettront au CRS et ses partenaires d'améliorer la façon dont ils prennent en compte l'équité entre les sexes lors de la conception des programmes agricoles et de sécurité alimentaire.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Branding Agricultural Commodities: The Development Case for Adding Value Through Branding

Branding Agricultural Commodities: The Development Case for Adding Value Through Branding   

Raising the value of commodities can do much to reduce poverty. By using commercial marketing principles and supply-chain innovations, farmers in developing countries can create consumer demand, giving producers leverage in negotiations with major buyers.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Certified Cocoa: Scaling Up Farmer Participation in West Africa

Certified Cocoa: Scaling Up Farmer Participation in West Africa   

This case study describes efforts to meet growing industry demand for certified cocoa by rapidly scaling up a network of certified farmers in the cocoa-producing countries of Ghana and Ivory Coast.

By working through supply chain companies and trader networks, the project was able to certify more than 15,000 farmers in just three years. The team also explored new ways to reduce costs to farmers and to increase farmer benefits.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Dried Beans in Ethiopia: Increasing Food Security Through Trade

Dried Beans in Ethiopia: Increasing Food Security Through Trade   

This paper focuses on collaborative efforts to link white pea bean farmers in Ethiopia to canning factories and retailers in the U.K. It explores the benefits and risks of working closely with a key intermediary and of tailoring a supply chain to meet the needs of a lead retailer.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

The Ethical Agent: Fresh Flowers in Kenya

The Ethical Agent: Fresh Flowers in Kenya   

An ethical agent is ideally a person or team with both development experience and commercial experience. The agent builds relationships with all the actors along the supply chain to improve livelihoods and ensure a commercially viable supply chain.

The Kenyan Fresh Flowers project investigated whether small- or medium-sized enterprises working with small-scale farmers could sell direct to modern retailers such as U.K. or U.S. supermarkets.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Reaching High-Value Markets: Fine Flavor Cocoa in Ghana

Reaching High-Value Markets: Fine Flavor Cocoa in Ghana   

Accessing high-end markets can be lucrative for farmers. But doing so not only requires specialized skills and technology but also relies on direct market linkages. What can we learn from a multisector effort to help cocoa farmers in Ghana produce premium beans?

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Tuesday
Nov062012

Considering Gender in Farmers' Groups: A Case Study From Madagascar

Considering Gender in Farmers Groups: A Case Study From Madagascar   

This case study offers rich insights about gender roles and gender dynamics within 14 farmers' groups in Madagascar. The findings and recommendations will help improve how Catholic Relief Services and its partners address gender equity when designing agriculture and food security programs.

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Monday
Jun252012

Leveraging Municipal Government Support for Agricultural Value Chains in Nicaragua

Until recently, municipal governments in Nicaragua have not considered agricultural development to be part of their institutional mandate. This has made it difficult for small producers to competitively engage in agricultural value chains. CRS and its partners created the Alliance to Create Opportunities for Rural Development through Agroenterprise Relationships (ACORDAR) project in 2007. Since then, ACORDAR has helped more than 3,000 Nicaraguan farmers achieve a 98 percent increase in sales and a 117 percent increase in net income.

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Monday
Jan302012

Medios de vida: Estudios de caso de Construcciones de cadenas de valor

Desde el año 2009 hasta el 2011, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) en un trabajo conjunto con las instituciones “La Asociación de Promoción y Desarrollo - ONG El Taller” y “Caritas del Perú Sede Cusco” desarrollaron un programa “Medios de Vida” para cambiar la producción tradicional, producto diferenciador en el mercado, cadenas productivas (hierbas aromáticas, hortalizas orgánicas y lácteos) y seguridad alimentaria de los cultivos ancestrales para 15 comunidades en 10 distritos de las regiones de Cusco y Arequipa con el fin de promover la dignidad de las personas mejorando sus condiciones económicas a través de actividades productivas sostenibles y competitivas.

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Monday
Jun202011

Harnessing the Power of Savings and Lending Communities to Drive Agroenterprise Development in Ghana

Cracking the Nut Conference: Overcoming Obstacles to Rural and Agricultural Finances

For smallholder farmers in Ghana, limited access to agricultural finance and quality agriculture extension support are the two most binding constraints to achieving increased production and productivity. They also struggle to find reliable and qualified agricultural extension support. This paper highlights an innovative strategy used by CRS to mobilize partners into small groups in order to improve their access to finance for agricultural investment through savings and internal lending communities (SILC) and enhance the outreach of extension officers without increasing their workload.  

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Friday
Jan142011

Getting to Market

From Agriculture to Agroenterprise

Case studies describing how CRS and its partners worked with farmers and other stakeholders in Africa, India, Latin America, and Southeast Asia over the last five years to develop agricultural business enterprises. Each case focuses on a specific stage in the agroenterprise development process, and together they build a comprehensive outline of how to go about helping farmers enter and compete in agricultural markets. Introductory and concluding essays describe the "learning alliance" process that provided the foundation for these programs, synthesize the lessons learned, and map out a strategy for future work.

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Tuesday
Mar232010

C3P Crop Crisis Control Project - Leveraging Non-Governmental Organizations for Scale and Impact: Lessons Learned from the Crop Crisis Control Project

This paper briefly discusses the role of NGOs in agricultural interventions and highlights some of the key lessons learned from Catholic Relief Services' experience managing a multi-country banana (Musa spp.) project in Central and East Africa.

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