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Pushing the Limits: Lessons from CARE on Market Systems Approaches, Food Security, and Resilience

Mar 21, 2013
institutional sponsor: 
United States Agency for International Development


Grounded in an overview of CARE’s approach to resilience, this session will feature evidence and lessons learned from some of CARE’s most successful market engagement initiatives. Highlighting practices that promote smallholder food security and poverty reduction as well as smallholder and value chain resilience, the session will draw on a range of case examples including USAID-supported programs in Ethiopia that promote graduation for chronically food insecure households; value chain initiatives in Bangladesh that are strengthening the dairy sector while doubling smallholder dairy incomes; and CARE’s new Pathways to Empowerment Program, which aims to enhance the resilience of women smallholder farmers and their families in Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and India. The presenter will provide a detailed look at these models, what they are achieving, and where challenges remain before sharing some common principles emerging from across CARE’s experience. The session will conclude by highlighting issues CARE is grappling with as a growing focus on resilience pushes traditional programming models to the limit.


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Christian Pennotti
Christian Pennotti

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Christian Pennotti

Christian Pennotti is a Senior Technical Advisor for Learning and Impact with CARE’s Economic Development Unit with 10 years of experience in international development and expertise in economic development, market facilitation, food security and knowledge management. Christian plays a leading role in advancing CARE’s global market engagement portfolio, providing technical and M&E support to flagship programs in over 15 countries across Africa and Asia. Since joining CARE in 2009, he has also put in place the foundations for an organization-wide system to enhance CARE’s capacity in market facilitation. Previously, Christian served as a Program Manager in the AED Center for Enterprise & Capacity Development and worked with a range of NGO and private sector development organizations. He holds a MA in International Development Studies from the George Washington University and began his career as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan.

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