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Community-based food and nutrition programmes:what makes them successful

A review and analysis of experience







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    Improving nutrition programmes: an assessment tool for action - Users' Training Manual 2006
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    FAO has developed a methodology that allows countries to carry out in-depth assessments of their community-based food and nutrition programmes. This was done by carrying out an analysis of a number of successful programmes in developing countries, for the purpose of identifying and understanding best practices which contribute to improving the impact and sustainability of such programmes. Based on the lessons learned from them, a technical guide entitled Improving Nutrition Programme s: an Assessment Tool for Action (AT) was developed and published by FAO. The University of the Western Cape’s School of Public Health (UWC) has collaborated closely with FAO throughout this process. At a users’ workshop held in Cape Town, participants agreed that pilot testings of the AT should be carried out as a first step in its dissemination. It was also felt that a users’ training manual would be very helpful for future users. This training manual has thus been develope d with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of the members of assessment teams to conduct nutrition programme assessments, founded on a common understanding of concepts which underpin effective and sustainable community-based nutrition programmes. The skills developed through training and the experience gained from undertaking assessments will facilitate good implementation of programmes and projects to improve nutrition. Besides nutrition planners, other people with planning and pr ogrammatic responsibility who are concerned about poverty alleviation and overall development can, and should, take part in a programme’s assessment. A thorough examination and analysis of the data thus obtained can then be followed by the elaboration of an action plan for improving the impact and the sustainability of community-based nutrition programmes.
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    Investing in rural households through community promoters
    The Haku Wiñay/Noa Jayatai programme in Peru
    2021
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    This case study report was written as a part of the Agriculture Human Capital Investment Study, funded by FAO Investment Centre and with the support of the International Food Policy Research Institute and the CGIAR Research Programme on Policies, Institutions and Markets (PIM) and the FAO Research and Extension Unit. Haku Wiñay/Noa Jayatai (“Let’s grow together” in the indigenous languages Quechua and Shipibo-Conibo, respectively) is one of the few government programs that work with poor rural households in a subsistence economy. Through the implementation of community projects composed mostly by training and technical assistance packages directed to improve production techniques as well as the household organization and financial inclusion, the programme seeks to contribute to the economic inclusion of poor households in rural areas improving their access to markets. Training packages are implemented by local promoters called Yachachiqs (“The one who knows and teaches”), selected and hired by the community for three years to implement community-based projects funded by the government office FONCODES. This study seeks to provide further knowledge about the programme major achievements and complement the literature that has been already developed about the impacts of the programme. For that purposes, structured interviews were performed with key informants, especially Yachachiqs, of the two poorest regions in Peru, Cajamarca and Huancavelica.
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    Successful 20 years of community forest management in Guatemala informs an Integrated Community Forest Management pathway to support scaling
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    Research increasingly highlights the powerful link between environmental and social challenges and outcomes, and how local communities can be effective guardians of the forest. In the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala, which Rainforest Alliance supports since more than 20 years, a broad alliance has been made between forest communities, local and national government bodies, companies, as well as academia and implementing partners. This public-private alliance supports the local population in its responsible management of forests, as a powerful tool contributing to peace and social justice, as well as to human development. Impact studies show that the deforestation rate in the forest concessions is near zero, while protected areas and buffer zones nearby suffered high deforestation levels, and that the initiative contributes to all the 17 SDGs. Based on a learning inventory of the Rainforest Alliances’ work in Guatemala and other countries it operates in, we have broaden our approach in order to catalyze long-term transformation at scale. We have developed and tested tools and methods to foster an enabling environment and to support the deployment of viable community-based forest enterprises, implementing sustainable forest management, restoration or reforestation, and providing equitable benefits. We have organized this approach in an Integrated Community Forest Implementation pathway which is presented in more detail in this paper. To deploy this pathway, a unique coalition of corporate stakeholders, forest communities, Indigenous Peoples and regional implementing partners are uniting with the Rainforest Alliance within its Forest Allies Community of Practice. Using the Integrated Community Forest Management approach, we leverage the power of partnerships to protect and restore forests in critical landscapes while also empowering communities and improving livelihoods. Because we believe the best guardians of the forest are those who make their living from it. Keywords: Adaptive and integrated management, Community Forest; Sustainable forest management, Economic Development, Partnerships. ID: 3485602

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