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Entries in Agriculture (113)

Tuesday
Oct092012

Tortillas on the Roaster Summary Report: Central American Maize-Bean Systems and the Changing Climate

  

Higher temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns could transform the agricultural landscape of Central America, threatening the livelihoods of one million maize and bean farmers. This report exposes the risks of climate change to these two most-important food crops in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

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Resumen del reporte Tortillas en el comal (33 pages, PDF, 918 KB)
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Tuesday
Oct092012

Resumen del estudio Tortillas en el comal

  

Temperaturas superiores y cambios en los patrones de precipitación podrían transformar el paisaje agrícola de América Central, amenazando de esta manera los medios de vida de un millón de agricultores de maíz y frijol, de acuerdo con un informe publicado hoy y en el que, por primera vez, se fija en el impacto del cambio climático a escala local.

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Download the summary in Spanish (33 pages, PDF, 918 KB)
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Tuesday
Jul242012

Program FASO

In Burkina Faso, poor soil conditions, climate change and inappropriate agricultural and health practices have increased the occurrence of drought and flooding. Program FASO offers an innovative approach to building sustainable household resilience through integrated health, agriculture and capacity strengthening.

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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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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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Tuesday
Jun122012

Impacts of Food Vouchers on Local Markets: Reflections From CRS' Experience in Niger

Food vouchers, as well as Local and Regional Procurement programs, are assuming greater importance as alternatives to traditional food aid. CRS commissioned a study to analyze the effects of food vouchers and procurement programs in Project ADVANCE, which CRS implemented in Niger between August and October 2010.

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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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Thursday
May312012

Maximiser les bénéfices de l’approche “travail contre rémunération” : Les leçons du projet EARLI de restauration des terres au Niger

Les 20 bonnes pratiques qui suivent sont tirées d’une récente évaluation en temps réel (ETR) d’un projet d’urgence mis en œuvre par CRS, financé par USAID/OFDA, qui utilise le travail contre rémunération (“cash for work”) pour répondre à l’insécurité alimentaire dans les départements de Ouallam et Tillabéry, au Niger.

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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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Friday
Jan272012

How the CRS-Led ACORDAR Project in Nicaragua Is Helping Small-Scale Farmers Become Major Players

The CRS-led Alliance to Create Rural Development Opportunities through Agroenterprise Relationships (ACORDAR) assists 7,000 smallholder farmers by helping them produce and sell demand-driven goods. The agency has also helped farmers organize enterprises that maintain multiple off-farm relationships with financial service providers, buyers, local governments and added-value certification bodies.

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Friday
Jan132012

Providing Food Assistance While Supporting Local Production

Local and Regional Procurement of food aid involves using cash resources to purchase food commodities within the country or region of programming. Two recent programs in Mali and Burkina Faso not only supplied commodities to schools but also used USDA resources to support smallholder farmers.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Growing Gardens in Urban and Peri-urban Areas of Lesotho

Lesotho faces chronic food insecurity. Catholic Relief Services implemented an urban homestead gardening project, targeting 5,000 poor households in urban and peri-urban areas.

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Thursday
Nov172011

Combating cassava diseases to reduce food insecurity and increase incomes in the Great Lakes Region

Cassava Mosaic Disease and Cassava Brown Streak Disease have devastated the food security and income of millions of cassava-dependent farm families. The Great Lakes Cassava Initiative is combining research and development activities to respond to this crisis.

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Friday
Oct072011

Expanded Small Farmer Marketing Program

Expanded Small Farmer Marketing Program   

A program in the Philippines worked with 9,600 smallholder farmers to help them form farmer groups, increase production and access better loans.

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Thursday
Jul282011

CRS Southern Africa Guidelines for Gender-Responsive Programming: How to Address Gender-Based Violence and Integrate Gender Considerations Into Projects on Agriculture & Livelihoods and Health & HIV

Understanding and addressing gender is central to CRS' mission. By providing reference and background information on some of the best thinking related to integrating gender into programs, this publication offers an accessible starting point for program mangers and staff.

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