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Entries in agriculture manuals/user guides (18)

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
Jul152013

Financial Education

Financial Education   

This 11-lesson financial education curriculum, part of CRS' five skill sets for rural development, has two main purposes:

  • To provide trainers with the tools to teach groups about financial management.
  • To help group members improve their financial and money management skills.

The curriculum is appropriate for development facilitators, field agents and SILC private service providers.

1. Introduction and Glossary (PDF, 496 KB)
2. Section I: Goals, Income, Expenses and Budgeting (PDF, 1.3 MB)
3. Section II: Savings (PDF, 973 KB)
4. Section III: Borrowing (PDF, 1.2 MB)

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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.

Download the PDF (1.1 MB)
Read online

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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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Monday
Sep242012

A Guide to Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) for Agricultural Products

A Guide to Rapid Market Appraisal (RMA) for Agricultural Products   

This manual seeks to provide a basic understanding of marketing concepts and how this knowledge can be used to assist farmer groups to produce goods. It also aims to identify opportunities to introduce or strengthen local business development services, all based on market demand.

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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.

Download the PDF (1.6 MB)
Download the e-book for most e-readers (EPUB, 2.7 MB)
Download the Kindle edition (MOBI, 3.3 MB)
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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.

Download the PDF (8.4 MB)
Download the e-book for most e-readers (EPUB, 5 MB)
Download the Kindle edition (MOBI, 7.5 MB)
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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.

Download the PDF (4.3 MB)
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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

Agriculture and Environment Interventions in Support of HIV and AIDS Programming

Practical ideas for integrating agriculture and environment programming with HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation efforts.

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Thursday
Jan132011

When Disaster Strikes

A practical manual for assessing the security of farmers’ seed systems in situations of acute or chronic stress and determining what kinds of assistance are needed.

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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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