Agriculture|Natural Resources|Environment

PNG Coffee Industry Support Project Mid-term Evaluation Report

The Coffee Industry Support Project (CISP) is funded by the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) program and implemented by CARE International in Papua New Guinea (CARE). It supports coffee industry stakeholders in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea to mainstream gender equity in their policies, practices and approaches. CISP increases women’s access to training and extension services. It improves family business management practices so smallholder coffee farming families can work together more effectively. This enables the whole family to benefit from coffee production and income. This evaluation was a mid-term review of Phase 2, focusing on the period mid-2015 to early 2017. The evaluation assessed if the Project model was good value for money; the extent to which it was meeting its objectives; and to provide advice to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) on whether to fund the continuation of this phase [48 pages] Read More...

Improving Community Climate Resilience in Nissan Final Evaluation

CARE International in PNG is supporting women and men living on Nissan and Pinepel Island to build resilience to the impacts of climate change. The communities that live on these remote coral atolls in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change. Support has been provided the ”Improving Community Resilience in Nissan” project since April 2015. The overall objective of the project is: “Increased community resilience to the impacts of climate change, through improved coastal and marine resource management and enhanced livelihoods in Nissan District” The project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Pacific American Climate Fund (PACAM). [53 pages] Read More...

Where the Rain Falls (WtRF) Pilot Phase Impact Report

CARE Bangladesh has designed a project titled “Where the Rain Falls (WtRF)”, based on a research, which has been implemented in two sub-districts of Kurigram district in the northwestern Bangladesh with financial support from Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. This study provides an account of the effectiveness of a few measures considered under the project, in order to meet the above-mentioned needs of the smallholder farmers of the two target sub-districts. [63 pages] Read More...

A-Card Progress and Prospects

A-card (A stands for Agriculture) is a brand new micro-credit mechanism, the only example in Bangladesh aimed at providing smallholder farmers financing to a digital purchase of farm inputs at a low cost (10%) through the formal financial system linked to a debit card and ICT-enabled platforms.

Addressing the problem of smallholder farmers' lack of access to finance required a consultation among different stakeholders particularly in finding an effective solution. It eventually led to the idea and design of the A-card model. In this regard, the USAID Agricultural Extension Support Activity (AESA) project's interventions effectively engaged with different stakeholders, including small-holder farmers, microfinance institutions (MFIs), formal lenders (i.e. banks) and rural agricultural inputs retailers. The aim of this collaboration was to work for a common goal with differentiated responsibilities. [14 pages] Read More...

A-Card Pilot Initiative Impact Assessment

mSTAR/Bangladesh, working with the Agriculture Extension Support Activity (AESA) led by Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM), conducted pre- and postassessments in Faridpur district to understand the impact that a micro-credit product (called A-Card) delivered to smallholder farmers through Bank Asia’s agent banking had on participating farmers, associated ag-input retailers, and other relevant stakeholders, as well as to understand what further action can be taken to improve uptake of these services.
This report includes findings from the pre- and post-assessment surveys, beginning with farmers and retailers’ demographic information, including age, sex and education; as well as their mobile phone ownership, access and usage patterns. It also examines the knowledge and perceptions that stakeholders have of digital financial services (DFS), in addition to their perceived benefits from A-Card, associated challenges, and opportunities to scale up. In addition, this report includes some findings from a separate survey conducted solely by AESA. It concludes with recommendations based on the findings and feedback from stakeholders. [28 pages] Read More...

Dry Dev Rapport Annual 2016

DRYDEV Niger est financé pour 5 ans (Aout 2013 à juillet 2018) par le Ministère des Affaires Etrangères des Pays Bas à travers ICRAF. Drydev est mis en œuvre dans 3 pays du Sahel (Mali, Burkina Fasso, Niger) et 2 pays de l’Afrique de l’est (Ethiopie et Kenya) » et ICRAF assure la coordination.

Ce dernier coordonneLa vision de DRYDEV est le passage des ménages bénéficiaires d’une agriculture de subsistance et de l’aide alimentaire à un developpmement rural durable. Pour que cette transformation soit effective, il faudra que les interventions du programme conduisent a un accroissement de la sécurité alimentaire et hydrique, un meilleur accès au marché du fait de’excédent alimentaire généré et au renforcement de l’économie locale pour toutes les catégories de producteurs. [30 pages] Read More...

Bringing Agroforestry to Scale for Improved Livelihood in Care-Harande resilience zones (BrASIL)

The BrASIL project is a collaboration between the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and CARE Mali (HARANDE Program) for maximizing synergies. The Goal of the Harande program, which means ‘food security’ in Peulh, is “Sustainable food, nutrition and income security for vulnerable household members in Youwarou, Tenenkou, Bandiagara and Douentza in Mopti region. The collaboration under BrASIL aim at ensuring a better intervention that takes full account of adaptation to climate change, optimal natural resource management and reduction of target communities’ vulnerability to climate change. This partnership will put high emphasis on the bottom up and community led, cascading training of trainers and farmer-to-farmers learning approaches. [19 pages] Read More...

Food security, nutrition, climate change resilience and gender

This Policy Analysis is part of series of country-specific studies on Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) and Climate Change Resilience (CCR) policies in the Southern African region that CARE International is currently conducting. CARE identifies advocacy as one of the priority approaches to influence broader change and scale up effective
solutions. Multiplying the impact of innovative solutions that bring lasting changes, by documenting and replicating successful experiences, promoting pro-poor approaches and advocating and influencing policies are key aspects of CARE global 2020 Program Strategy. [112 pages] Read More...

Enhancing Community Resilience Programme 2011-2017

The Enhancing Community Resilience Programme (ECRP) was designed to address the chronic climate vulnerability faced by rural people in Malawi. It started in 2011 and is closing in 2017. The purpose of the ECRP is to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate variability and change. DFID, Irish Aid and the Royal Norwegian Embassy fund the ECRP. Its total budget is £30.6m, of which £27m is provided by DFID.

ECRP had five major components that aim to build resilience to climate change. They are 1) improved capacity of local authorities (especially village, area and district civil protection committees); 2) improved and resilient livelihoods for vulnerable households in target areas; 3) enhanced early warning for District Governments and vulnerable households; 4) informed policy in areas relevant to climate and disaster resilience;
and 5) strengthened humanitarian response and recovery. Component 4 is managed by CEPA which aims to distil lessons learnt from the programme to advocate for improved policies and programmes at district and national level. Component five was added in 2015-16, following large scale floods that affected the country in January 2015, with the recovery component supporting households affected both by floods and the subsequent drought. Read More...

Ardhi Yetu (Our Land) Programme Initiative Baseline Survey

This report presents the findings of a baseline survey commissioned by CARE Tanzania in support of its new Ardhi Yetu Programme Initiative, which was conducted between 10th March and 9th April 2014. The purpose of the baseline survey was to enable CARE Tanzania have a better understanding of the status of the three strategic partners of the Programme - Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET), Tanzania Natural Resources Forum (TNRF) and the Land Rights Research and Resources Institute (HAKIARDHI) - and establish initial values of indicators against which progress of implementation of Programme activities shall be measured.

Ardhi Yetu Programme, which commenced in January 2014 seeks to support the strengthening of capacity of Tanzanian CSOs to promote land rights of smallholder farmers and pastoralists as a means of ensuring food security. It is supported by CARE Denmark as part of its multi-country civil society strengthening programme implemented in seven countries and funded through a framework agreement between CARE Denmark and DANIDA; and shall run for four years with the possibility of an extension to five years. [38 pages] Read More...

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