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Entries in agriculture for income (68)

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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Friday
Jan142011

Agriculture and Environment Strategy, 2009–2014

Developed in response to major changes the agricultural sector, this document states the principles that will guide CRS' support to poor, rural, agricultural communities over the next five years and sets new goals for the agency's work in urban and peri-urban areas.

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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

Homestead Gardening

A Manual for Program Managers, Implementers, and Practitioners

This manual includes helpful programming and gardening tips to improve the performance implementation of homestead gardens. These are designed to provide insight into some of the lessons learned from implementing homestead gardening activities in Lesotho and to suggest possible adaptations or replacement materials.

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Friday
Jan142011

A Market Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Agroenterprise Development

A product of the experiences and lessons learned while implementing agroenterprise projects in eastern and southern Africa. A Market Facilitator’s Guide is based on a resource-to-consumption framework, which is the central theme of the “enabling rural innovation” (ERI) approach for rural development. This approach seeks to empower farmer groups with the necessary skills to make informed decisions for their economic development, based on an analysis of their surroundings, assets and skills. The methodology also aims for outcomes that are equitable, gender focused and participatory. Reprint of a document previously published by CIAT.

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Friday
Jan142011

Participatory Market Chain Analysis for Smallholder Producers

Another in a series of good practice guides describing the components of the participatory and area-based approach to rural agroenterprise development. Participatory Market Chain Analysis is based on the principles of developing market-led interventions that go beyond single intervention projects. The aim of this guide is to enable service providers to work with a range of actors in selected market chains and design interventions that initiate systemic changes in the marketplace. It leads practitioners to select market chains, conduct rapid market surveys, create business plans, conduct participatory market chain analyses, and negotiate strategies to increase competitiveness. This is a reprint of a document previously published by CIAT.

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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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Thursday
Jan132011

Advice Manual for the Organisation of Collective Marketing Activities by Small-Scale Farmers

A step-by-step manual designed to help development agency staff lead smallholder farmers to use group marketing strategies that can increase the value of the goods they sell.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Preparing Farmer Groups to Engage Successfully with Markets

A Field Guide to Five Key Skill Sets

This field guide provides pointers for program managers and field staff on how to foster several crucial skill sets for preparing groups of poor farmers who are at a very early stage of engaging with markets and who aspire to successful agroenterprise development.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

CRS helps farmers understand impact of climate change on coffee growing in Central America

This one-pager showcases a CRS project called "Coffee Under Pressure (CUP)" that is helping coffee growing communities in Central America to adapt to climate change in order to ensure sustainable development. The project is the outcome of a CRS study that helped the organization predict the impact that climate change will have on coffee crops in the region.

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Friday
Oct082010

Helping Poor Farmers Reach More Markets

Helping Poor Farmers Reach More Markets   

In the Philippines, Catholic Relief Services is helping farmers organize themselves into groups. This enables the groups to deal in bulk, gain credit and access better market information.

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Thursday
Oct072010

Taking Chances: Heny's Venture in Onion Farming

Taking Chances: Henys Venture in Onion Farming   

Philippine farmers like Henelito D. Idagan are accessing larger formal markets by joining farmer groups and using better agricultural technologies.

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Thursday
Oct072010

Linking Farmers to Jollibee Restaurants

Linking Farmers to Jollibee Restaurants   

Smallholder farmers in the Philippines have little bargaining power with local traders who control access to credit and markets. In 2008, Catholic Relief Services partnered with the Jollibee Foundation and the National Livelihood Development Corporation to connect 3,000 farmers to credit and markets.

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Monday
Aug022010

Fostering Community-Led Agroenterprise and Natural Resource Management

CRS helps Haitian farmers profit from participation in key value chains and actively builds linkages with researchers, extension workers, traders, processors and agribusiness companies to support the production and marketing of products.

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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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