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Entries in agriculture papers (13)

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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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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Monday
Feb102014

Gender in Agribusiness Summary Paper

   This paper summarizes the results of a study on gender dynamics in cash and food crop marketing clubs in Southern Malawi. The study was conducted as part of CRS’ Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement project (WALA) by CRS partner ACDI/VOCA.

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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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Wednesday
Jan162013

Sourcing Gender: Gender Productivity and Sustainable Sourcing Strategies

Sourcing Gender: Gender Productivity and Sustainable Sourcing Strategies   

In agriculture, women constitute the majority of farmers and producers. Yet women suffer many gender-specific constraints when participating in market-based activities. This paper offers a deeper understanding of gender in the value chain.

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Wednesday
Jan162013

Under What Conditions Are Value Chains Effective Tools for Pro-poor Development?

Under What Conditions Are Value Chains Effective Tools for Pro-poor Development?   

Linking farmers with well-functioning local or global markets plays a critical part in long-term strategies to reduce rural poverty and hunger. It is critical to understand how to successfully link poor producers to markets and to identify which markets can benefit what kinds of producers.

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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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Tuesday
Jan182011

Developing Agriculture Loan Products for Poor Rural Communities

Examines key lessons learned by Metemamen MF, a microfinance partner of CRS Ethiopia, during the pilot testing of a new loan product designed for rural poor farmers. The paper shares the experience of the microfinance institution as it worked with CRS’ agroenterprise initiative to design financial services for farmers engaged in white pea bean production.

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Monday
Mar012010

C3P Crop Crisis Control Project - Food Security in Eastern Africa and the Great Lakes Region 

This brief is a summary of the food security surveys and analyses commissioned under the C3P project to assess the impacts on food and income from banana and cassava disease across six countries.

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