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Rural institutions: Drivers of Community Development









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    SEWA-FAO Partnership: promoting rural women’s empowerment in India 2018
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    Since 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) have been collaborating through a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding to foster rural prosperity and promote rural women’s empowerment in India. Through a holistic approach, FAO aims to leverage its expertise in strengthening rural institutions, farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchanges, and building producer organizational capacities to proactively increase SEWA’s role and contribution to reducing food insecurity and empowering rural women at the local, national, and international levels. More specifically, this flyer aims to communicate the achievements made so far in reducing rural poverty (SO3), to reiterate the importance of strengthening rural institutions as a pathway to achieving several FAO goals, and last but not least, it serves to convince donors and project leaders of the advantages of funding projects like these, especially in light of their potential to impact women’s empowerment processes. The desired outcome of this factsheet is an increase in not only visibility (of FAO's work on strengthening rural institutions) within FAO and partners, but also externally, to potential donors or project leaders working in similar areas and on similar themes.
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    The role of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in providing financial services to rural women 2018
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    The Partnership note aims at providing readers with an overview of the work carried out by the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) – one of the largest organizations of informal workers in the world– in bolstering financial inclusion for poor women, both in India (where SEWA is based) and abroad. The four-decade experience that SEWA can boast in providing financial services to poor women around the world - together with the unique financial innovations that the organization has developed through trial-and-error for its members - make SEWA an extremely interesting case study within the domain of development finance.
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    Supporting Communities in Building Resilience through Agro Pastoral Field Schools
    Biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural production
    2013
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    Building resilience of vulnerable communities to the vagaries of climate change (CC) is not business as usual but, rather calls for more transformative approaches that can organically evolve to suit the dynamic and unique needs of different farming systems. However, most of the service delivery mechanisms are overstretched and built on the conventional model of unidirectional extension messages based on broad recommendations. The ecosystem-based Farmer Field Schools (FFS) approach prov ides an excellent platform that is flexible and responsive to meeting the requisite tailored skills of the farmers. Over the last fifteen years the FFS approach in the Republic of Uganda has been adapted from a mono-crop rice production system in South East Asia to suit the complex and diverse small holder farming system characteristics of Africa. It has been used to empower communities under three different contexts – improving productivity for food security and reducing rural pover ty; restoring agricultural productivity among former internally displaced persons and refugee communities; and building resilience among agro pastoral communities faced with recurrent hazards like drought, floods and trans-boundary animal diseases. Presently, the FFS programme has adopted a broader and holistic livelihoods dimension ensuring that beyond productivity, entrepreneurial, marketing and savings skills are core integral components of the learning process. The implementation h as been conducted through a solid collaboration with the local governments, a national agricultural research system, the private sector and civil society. Through this arrangement65, FAO has trained 58 Master Trainers, 796 facilitators and supported the establishment of more than 3 900 FFS benefiting at least 117 000 households and 702 000 direct beneficiaries. A network of more than 52 NGOs with full time facilitators has been vital in supplementing the government extension services to achieve this.

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