Research AreasAgrobiodiversity, Crops, Policy & Institutions
TimelineStart Date: 1 September 2010 | End Date: 31 December 2010
This initiative is directed at reducing rural poverty and is working towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially MDG1. It aims to enhance food security and improve access to services, such as extension services, for example, which will ultimately benefit the target communities through improved yields. Women and other marginal groups will be empowered and effectively involved in matters that affect their livelihoods.
The project will work with specific government departments and decentralized structures to support capacity building activities. It will provide development initiatives with and for the extremely poor population, and work towards the creation of a suitable environment to encourage where possible, private and public investment in agriculture. It will guide target communities to understand how to access basic services and take control of resources to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable manner. The project will focus on the extremely poor and most vulnerable households to ensure interventions are responsive and build on the existing capacities/strengths. It will ensure that women participate fully in all aspects of the project, particularly in terms of problem solving and decision making. A mainstreaming response to HIV and AIDS, gender, equality and disaster risk reduction (DRR) will be undertaken within this programme.
The action will promote interaction between state and non-state actors involved in the programme cycle. It will work with non-state actors/civil society organisations (Community Based Organisations, Farmers’ Associations, Self-Help Groups and Local NGOs among others). These non-state actors will be supported through capacity building initiatives to understand the roles and responsibilities of newly decentralised government structures. They will be empowered to actively participate in development planning and decision making processes at different levels ensuring that the public needs are prioritised and necessary resources allocated accordingly. Non-state actors will also play key role in the monitoring and evaluation of development initiatives.
TagsAgriculture, Capacity building, food security, livelihoods, poverty, women
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