Michelle DeFreese wrote this blog post for the FAO’s International Year of Soils series to highlight iAGRI-funded research showing some promising interventions for reducing soil salinity due to irrigation in northeastern Tanzania. www.fao.org/soils-2015/blog/treatmentsrehabilitatesalinesodicsoilstoproducehighriceyields/en/
Poster: Demystifying the Pathways of Impact of a Livestock Transfer Program on Household Resilience & Food Security in Malawi
This poster, which shows findings from research Jennie Lane conducted during her field year with Land O’Lakes International Development Division, won Best Poster at the 1st Annual Agriculture for Nutrition and Health Academy Week in Addis Ababa, June 20-24, 2016.
Challenges of M&E for Capacity Building Projects
8th class Leland Fellow, Michelle DeFreese wrote this blog post profile of Dr. Flavianus Magayane’s role in evaluating iAGRI’s impact on its student participants and his thoughts on the challenges of capturing the impact of investments in human capacity. iAGRI … Read more
Blog: Linking food security research to policymaking
Research is leading the effort toward more successful agriculture development through project evaluation and cross-country comparisons aimed at showing policymakers the effectiveness of certain interventions… However, research can only do so much, and political will is “an essential ingredient for elevating food and nutrition security into policy agendas.”…Moving forward, we hope researchers will continue to engage and communicate with policymakers during the design and implementation of policies and programs, focusing on those interventions that offer the greatest potential for improving food security for the world’s poor.
Success Stories: Creating Homestead Agriculture for Nutrition and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
These three short pieces describe particular aspects of the Creating Homestead Agriculture for Nutrition and Gender Equity (CHANGE) project that are showing success or point to potentially effective innovations in nutrition-sensitive agriculture projects. They focus on individuals’ experiences rather than technical detail.
The Case for Strengthening Developing Nation Universities
Samantha Alvis developed The Case for Strengthening Developing Nation Universities. This piece was designed to support advocacy efforts on the Hill for increasing investments in higher education development, in particular those that involve partnerships between US universities and those in … Read more
Vegetable and Groundnut Market and Value Chain Analysis in Mumbwa Zambia
Hunter conducted these value chain analyses to gather market information for the development of the marketing component of the Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project, implemented by Concern Worldwide in Mumbwa, Zambia. The project works with about 4,500 smallholder … Read more
Blog series: Mercy Erhiawarien
Mercy authored several blogs in support of ONE’s advocacy for smallholder farmers, better nutrition and women’s empowerment in Africa. www.one.org/us/author/mercy-erhiawarien/
The Gender and Cocoa Livelihood Toolbox
This gender assessment tool was developed as part of the World Cocoa Foundation’s Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP). Within CLP, twelve cocoa companies have committed to improving outreach to gender. The tool recognizes the importance of mainstreaming gender at the organizational … Read more
The Business Case for Women’s Participation in Agricultural Cooperatives
To address the misconceptions that contribute to low levels of female participation, this paper has two objectives. The first is to use evidence from the Manduvira cooperative to demonstrate to cooperative members and leaders in Paraguay and other countries that women can and do succeed in positions that have historically been seen as more appropriate for men. The second is to show that women’s participation and leadership in agricultural cooperatives can have advantages to their overall business performance.
Roadmap for Continued U.S. Leadership to End Global Hunger
The Roadmap for Continued US Leadership to End Global Hunger reviews progress over the last three years toward the goals set out in the original Roadmap, and offers recommendations to ensure continued effectiveness of US global food security programs. Hunger … Read more
Roadmap to End Hunger Policy Brief
THE ROADMAP APPROACH
The Roadmap to End Global Hunger’s
four pillars capture the whole of what it
takes for households and communities to
achieve sustainable food security.
drought, health epidemic
or political crisis can throw
thousands of previously
food secure families into chaos and hunger.
Emergency programs get food assistance
where it’s needed quickly to prevent
widespread hunger and malnutrition.
SAFETY NETS: Every
household faces the risk
of an interruption in its
ability to afford sufficient,
nutritious food caused by
a sudden shock—for example, a lost job,
poor harvest, or illness. Safety nets help
families protect productive assets in the
face of temporary hardship.
NUTRITION: To grow and
remain healthy, people need
not just enough calories, but
the right nutrients. This is
especially true in the 1,000
Days between a woman’s pregnancy and
the child’s second birthday.
hungry people rely on
to make a living and feed
their families. Research
has consistently shown that investing in
agriculture is more effective in reducing
poverty among the poorest people than
investments in other sectors