The Strengthening Capacity in Agriculture, Livelihoods, and Environment (SCALE) program is a five-year Associated Award funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) through the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) program led by Save the Children US. SCALE is designed to further improve the impact, sustainability, and scalability of BHAs programming in agriculture, natural resource management, and alternative (off-farm and non-farm) livelihoods in emergency and non-emergency settings. Specifically, the program focuses on sustainable and climate-sensitive approaches that foster resilient agricultural systems, and enhance income opportunities within or outside agricultural systems. This program is managed through Mercy Corps Agriculture Technical Support Unit (TSU) and is in its fourth year.
Develop a Facilitators Guide to accompany the Resilience Design in Smallholder Farming Systems technical manual.
Our food systems face severe and urgent challenges that cannot be solved with the solutions of the past. The complex problems of agricultural production, environmental degradation, and health problems under changing climatic conditions need a systemic approach of research and practice. The urgency also calls for closer cooperation in the way forward.
FARA has released a new book titled STRATEGIES FOR TRANSFORMING SMALLHOLDER FARMING IN AFRICA. The book was authored by Prof. Oluwole Fatunbi, Lead Specialist for Agricultural Innovation Systems and Partnerships at the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Prof Michael Tunde Ajayi, a Professor of Agricultural Administration at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria and Dr. Yemi Akinbamijo, the Executive Director of FARA.
This book comprises ten chapters that run an exhaustive analysis of all the issues in smallholder agriculture. It reviews the state of knowledge on the different components of the systems that require a change to ensure a smooth transformation for the smallholders. It finally proposes a country-based step-wise action to ensure a systematic transformation of smallholder farming in Africa.
This toolkit aims to be an accessible summary of the SADC Futures Foresight Framework and presents content that was given during the SADC Futures webinar series, a six-part virtual webinar series and facilitated the training. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide accessible training to multiple stakeholders on key foresight methods and how and when to apply them. Each foresight method or tool is broken down into a series of steps so that the process can be replicated with ease. One of the key aspects of foresight is developing a mindset in thinking about the future and so the toolkit equips users with case studies, probing questions and examples which are highlighted throughout the toolkit.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the current global pandemic is the first known to emerge as the result of a novel coronavirus, identified as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19.
This respiratory disease is easily transmissible mainly from person to person, in droplet form, when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. It can also spread through contact with contaminated objects or surfaces. The symptoms associated with COVID-19 have ranged from very mild (including some cases with no reported symptoms) to severe or fatal. The fatality rate is still unclear as the pandemic unfolds, and there exist some variations across geographic regions and age groups.
Countries of the Near East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia region face a myriad of social, economic and political challenges that have stalled their structural and rural transformation processes.
The region has the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. Weak education systems are failing to provide youth, especially in rural areas, with the skills they need to compete in a global economy.