New publications

Many of those who joined the different CTA training workshops prepared a case study, highlighting the key elements of their experience and presenting the most relevant lessons and recommendations. After editing them and completing the layout process, we have more than 100 short documents. All of them are part of one of the following booklets, and are easily downloaded – and shared:

Learning from farmer organizations: This booklet includes 13 case studies written by those who joined the first training workshop in Nairobi: the representatives of the member organizations of the East Africa Farmers Federation (the Uganda National Farmers Federation, the Kenya National Farmers Federation, the Kenya Livestock Producers Association and MVIWATA in Tanzania). The cases show that farmer organizations are the “preferred channels” for delivering resources and information to farm households. These include traditional delivery mechanisms and also new virtual options.

Public, Private, Producer Partnerships in East Africa: The second booklet includes 12 stories, all of whom reflect the work of different IFAD-funded initiatives in East Africa. Coming from Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, they all focus on a 4P approach: the establishment of Public, Private, Producer Partnerships to deliver agricultural value chain projects. The cases cover a large diversity, including maize, rice, sunflowers or other value chains, but they all show the key elements of a 4P arrangement as a cooperation agreement between different parties.

Insights on Rural Development in West Africa: This compilation included the stories written by those attending the training workshops in Accra, Ghana. The stories come from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and they cover different themes – from rural finance to the mainstreaming of youth and gender-friendly policies (with one participant noting that “almost all the sustainable development goals were represented”). They all present lessons and recommendations that can be adopted on a broad scale, and in this way help draft new – and better – projects and initiatives.

Lições para o desenvolvimento em Moçambique e no Brasil, vol 1. The fourth booklet, in Portuguese, included some of the cases written by the representatives of the different IFAD-funded projects in Mozambique and Brazil, and also some coming from the Eduardo Mondlane University and from UNDP. The first volume covered three major themes: value chains, empowerment and capacity building activities with women and youth, and infrastructure and finance.

Lições para o desenvolvimento em Moçambique e no Brasil, vol. 2. The fifth booklet, published together with the previous one, included the second half of the stories coming from Brazil and Mozambique. These covered different themes, all of them looking at different environmental sustainability initiatives and also at the knowledge management components of different projects.

Fighting rural poverty in India, Nepal and Bhutan. This report comprises 12 case stories produced through the Experience Capitalization project implemented by CTA in different parts of the world. Poor and marginal communities are the primary subject of all other project interventions covered, including strengthening current occupations like goat rearing, experimenting with alternatives like poultry, or using unused or degraded resources to create livelihood opportunities. Almost all stories are dotted with innovations in institutional development, community participation, delivery of services, capacity building, financing, entrepreneurship and much more. Women and their empowerment is the subject of the two stories from Nepal and explore how access to finance and business skills can help them out of poverty.

Resilience and productivity in the Pacific. CTA is committed to supporting the Pacific Island States to build resilience and improve incomes and nutrition outcomes, especially in rural agricultural communities. Since mid-2016, CTA has been implementing the “Promoting Nutritious Food Systems in the Pacific Islands” project, co-funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, and run in partnership with the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation, PIPSO. Its goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island governments, farmer and private sector organisations, and sub-regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthy food.

Stronger communities in South East Asia. The stories in this booklet come from different teams working in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Laos and India, with all of them addressing the main challenges that farmers and the rural communities in this region face. A different context, which provides different challenges to the ones CTA has been working with. These stories, however, show many lessons that are equally applicable in the ACP countries with which we are more familiar. There is an equal need to support indigenous communities, to strengthen local groups, or to recognise the enormous contribution that female farmers make, and to work together with those who are trying innovative and successful approaches. It is equally necessary to carry out a detailed analysis of the context in which these initiatives take place, and to encourage all stakeholders to take part in it.

Each one of these booklets is also available on the project’s repository on this website, together with many other books and manuals on experience capitalization. And each one of the stories included in these booklets can also be downloaded separately – just go here:

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CTA is a joint institution operating under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement between the ACP Group of States (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) and the EU Member States (European Union). CTA is funded by the European Union.