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Systemic change is often talked about, but poorly understood. Join us as we explore how four Feed the Future projects in Sub-Saharan Africa contributed to changes in the systems in which they worked, across varying market enabling environments and using a range of programmatic approaches.
The ProRENDA project implemented by World Vision Angola worked with producers and other value chain actors in the potato, onion, bean, and carrot value chains to increase annual incomes of smallholder farmers in the central highlands in Angola.
This following story documents the successful development of a pilot project to advance the Partnership for HIV Free Survival (PHFS) through the use of conditional cash transfers (CCTs) to reduce perinatal transmission of HIV and improve the immunization of children under five years of age in Lesotho.
In August 2013, LIFT conducted a study in Balaka District, Malawi to assess the utility of a diagnostic tool to help service providers make efficient, effective, and appropriate referrals–a critical piece of the project’s goal to build the continuum of care for people living with HIV and other vulnerable households–as well as to learn how LIFT II can classify clients into three categories of household poverty/vulnerability.
In the competitive markets of banking and mobile communication, a remarkable collaboration is helping deliver the promise of mobile money to Malawi with assistance from FHI 360’s Mobile Money Accelerator Program (MMAP).
Implemented by Save the Children between 2009 and 2012, STRIVE Mozambique aimed to strengthen household economic stability through participation in village savings and loan (VSL) groups and rotating shared labor schemes, and to examine the effects of participation in those activities on household food security and child nutrition.
CARE’s Pathways program is based on the conviction that women farmers possess enormous potential to contribute to long-term food security for their families and substantially impact nutritional outcomes in sustainable ways.
Agriculture for Children’s Empowerment, an activity under the FIELD-Support LWA’s STRIVE program, has introduced the Farmer Financial Diary tool which is helping farmers get a leg up by teaching them to better manage their farms as businesses.
The Tanzania Staples Value Chain Project – NAFAKA, implemented by ACDI/VOCA, is one of the 10 active Feed the Future projects in Tanzania. Chief of Party Lee Rosner discusses NAFAKA’s market-driven, value chain approach to addressing food security concerns in the country, sharing both the challenges and successes encountered during the project’s first year of implementation.
In an effort to identify appropriate interventions and policies for improving food security, this paper provides a synthesis of recent research into the behavior of producers and consumers of staple food crops in Eastern and Southern Africa.