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December 5, 2018Knowledge Portal
Getting ahead and getting by: exploring outcomes of youth livelihoods programs

This report examines factors that influence young people’s earning opportunities and well-being. The research is based on the experiences of 130 young people participating in two programs supported by Learn, Earn and Save (LES), a Mastercard Foundation initiative that was established to test models for market-level training and opportunities. The report looks at youth’s post-program earning pathways by grouping them into two categories: ‘getting by’ and ‘getting ahead’. »

November 29, 2018Knowledge Portal
Global Nutrition Report 2018: Shining a light to spur action on nutrition

The yearly Global Nutrition Report casts a light on where there has been progress on nutrition and identifies where major problems still lie, and thus where actions are needed to consolidate progress and fill major gaps. Most countries are off-track and none are making progress on the full suite of nutrition targets for 2025. There is still a financial gap which and it is an outstanding challenge to cost, fund and implement the nutrition targets. »

November 15, 2018Knowledge Portal
Index-based livestock insurance as an innovative tool against drought loss: Good practices and impact analysis from northern Kenya

This report summarises findings on index-based livestock insurance (IBLI), a donor-funded programme aimed at designing, developing and implementing market-mediated, index-based insurance products to protect livestock keepers, particularly in the drought-prone arid and semi-arid lands. As a drought safety net, IBLI was fairly effective at protecting beneficiary households in northern Kenya against the worst effects of drought. »

November 1, 2018Knowledge Portal
Open Source Seed networking: Towards a global community of seed commons

This report provides an overview of the state of affairs: what is Open Source Seed, what is happening on the ground, what are the results so far, and what are the open questions. The Open Source Seed network consists of self-organised plant breeding and seed sharing/selling communities that aim to retain and regain freedom to act in a now highly asymmetric landscape. »

October 31, 2018Knowledge Portal
Sustainable agricultural mechanization: A framework for Africa

This report presents priority elements for national strategies for Sustainable Agricultural Mechanization in Africa. Long-term commitment by key stakeholders in policy, strategy formulation, implementation and financing is critical to its success. »

October 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
The state of food and agriculture 2018: Migration, agriculture and rural development

The key focus of this year’s SOFA report is rural migration, which constitutes a considerable portion of both internal and international migration flows. Policy coherence between migration and agriculture and rural development policies essential to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration. »