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The support for farmers-led seed systems in African seed laws
The objective of this report is to compare regional and national seed laws in Africa, and analyse the extent to which they support (or undermine) farmers’ participation in seed systems. The paper pays particular attention to how or whether these laws recognize farmers as conservers and breeders of crop varieties, and as potential multipliers and providers of seed, through a range of potential means, from traditional exchanges at local levels to commercial sales at a national or even regional scale. Ultimately, we identified and analysed combinations of national policies, legislation, regulations and executive decrees regulating the seed sector in 35 African countries.
Guidelines to organise a farmers innovation fair
In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair.
Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods
This working paper is aimed at impact investors, and presents key pointers or core guidance that have been drawn from international standards, principles and case studies, that follow. It provides solid and evidence-based examples of how investors can work with smallholders and promote better land governance and livelihoods. International guidelines provide the bottom line, and case studies provide examples of projects, business models and investment funds that are implementing and/or financing alternative and innovative land related business models with smallholders and local communities.
Community health workers – optimizing the benefits of their unique position between communities and the health sector.
This is a Keynote speech transcript given by our expert Maryse Kok at the Community Health Workers Symposium in Kampala.
SRHR mapping assessment
Review of the inclusion of Sida SRHR strategy and policies in the portfolio of global African and Asian activities.
Access and benefit-sharing policies for climate-resilient seed systems
This study analyses what is actually happening at the national and subnational levels in terms of climate change and its impacts on particular crops; what experiences countries have had to date with regard to accessing, using and sharing benefits derived from genetic resources for climate change adaptation; and what kinds of ABS policy initiatives or reforms could help those countries to make better use of genetic diversity for climate change adaptation in the future.This information is critical for identifying potential future interventions at a regional or sub-regional level, and making farmer-managed seed systems more climate resilient.
What Gets Measured Matters
This Methods Note has been developed in partnership with and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is the product of close collaboration between The Equality Institute (EQI), the foundation Gender Equality Team, and program staff of the foundation, building off research and analysis conducted by the Gender Team of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) of the Netherlands.
MATCH: Mapping and Analysis for Tailored Disease Control and Health System Strengthening
This manual is an initiative of the Stop TB partnership, funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and written by the Centre for Applied Spatial Epidemiology (CASE) of KIT Royal Tropical Institute.
Post-Ebola Resilience project
The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa gave a global alarm: viruses are oblivious to national borders; victims can be infected worldwide. The world population was alarmed, “emerging infectious diseases” should be controlled.
Situational analysis SRHR Guatemala
Situation analysis of the context of SRHR in Guatemala, with a special focus on the impact of the global gag rule the organizations working on SRHR, to identify opportunities for the Swedish embassy to work on SRHR (strategies, areas, partners).
Creating space for ‘informal’ seed systems in a plant variety protection system that is based on UPOV 1991
The challenge for African countries is to strike a balance between protecting the interests of breeders, to maintain the incentive function of plant breeders’ rights in the commercial market, while providing sufficient leeway to smallholder farmers that depend on informal sources for their seed security and survival. An equally pressing challenge is to establish a PVP (plant variety protection) system that is acceptable to the key stakeholders (notably farmers and breeders), as this is very likely a prerequisite for successful implementation. ISSD Africa aims to actively contribute to this endeavour by answering the action learning question: How can room be created for ‘informal’ seed systems in a UPOV 1991 informed plant variety protection system?
Sexual and Reproductive Health Challenges of Adolescent Males and Females in some Communities of Plateau State Nigeria
It has been projected that the population of young people in Nigeria will exceed 57 million by the year 2025, a large proportion of which are adolescents. Adolescents constitute an important proportion of the population of Nigeria, they have delicate stages that presents with challenges especially that of sexual and reproductive health due to the developmental changes. It is important that they experience safe and pleasurable sexual life, the absence of which may expose them to reproductive health challenges. Presently, about one quarter of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active with age of sexual debut ranging from 10 to 15 years.
Vers une gestion inclusive des ouvrages hydro-agricoles
Pour améliorer de façon durable la pro – ductivité agricole dans le bassin arachi – dier, le projet de Bassins de Rétention et de Valorisation de Forages (BARVA – FOR), financé par l’Etat du Sénégal et le Royaume de Belgique, accompagne les communes bénéficiaires à disposer de ressources en eau plus importantes pour développer de nouveaux moyens de production modernes. Le projet ré – pond ainsi au double enjeu du change – ment climatique et de l’augmentation de la production vers une réelle sécuri – té alimentaire au niveau national.
Desk review on new HIV drug
The purpose of this project was to conduct a literature review to assess the evidence to support dolutegravir (DTG) usage on people co-infected with TB or Hepatitis, in state of malnourishment and pregnant woman.
Performance of community health workers
Situating their intermediary position within complex adaptive health systems
Health systems are social institutions, in which health worker performance is shaped by transactional processes between different actors. This analytical assessment unravels the complex web of factors that influence the performance of community health workers (CHWs) in low- and middle-income countries. It examines their unique intermediary position between the communities they serve and actors in the health sector, and the complexity of the health systems in which they operate. The assessment combines evidence from the international literature on CHW programmes with research outcomes from the 5-year REACHOUT consortium, undertaking implementation research to improve CHW performance in six contexts (two in Asia and four in Africa)
Country strategy South Sudan
Analysis of the current situation and future possibilities and needs for Sida to engage in South Sudan in the area of SRHR.
Child Protection Fund for National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Zimbabwe (CPF for NAP III) Annual Review 2017
The purpose of this project was to participate in the 2017 annual review (workshop, field visits, and reporting) of the Child Protection Fund for the National Action Plan for Vulnerable Children. The KIT staff was specifically tasked with – as not having been involved in the process so far – reviewing data and engaging in interviews and meetings with fresh eyes and an open and critical constructive mind and with a strong focus on child protection issues.
A guide for governments, companies and financial institutions to uphold women’s rights in the supply chains of minerals for renewable energy technologies
A necessary global energy transition is underway as the world shifts towards renewables. This energy transition goes hand in hand with increased demand for a wide range of minerals and metals needed for renewable energy technologies. Transition to a fully sustainable global energy system cannot be achieved without promoting responsible mineral supply chains. Governments, companies and financial institutions that play a role in the development of renewable energy modalities have an important role to play in addressing the unique risks and challenges women face in minerals supply chains to support more gender equitable development outcomes. Here are 10 strategies for governments, companies and financial institutions to strengthen women’s rights in the supply chains of minerals for renewable energy technologies.
Sudan SRHR questions
The purpose of this project was to provide an overview of the situation of the health sector in Sudan, in terms of morbidity/mortality numbers and causes, structure and key actor of health sector/SRHR, and added value of Sweden to engage in Health sector Sudan.
Feria de Agricultores Innovadores
Para fomentar el reconocimiento y la valoración de la innovación de los agricultores en los procesos de investigación y desarrollo agrícola (IDA) por parte de profesionales y responsables de políticas, socios de la red de Prolinnova han estado desarrollando y utilizando varios métodos y herramientas para reivindicación y cabildeo. Uno de ellos es la organización de Ferias de Agricultores Innovadores. Los presentes lineamientos reflejan la experiencia de la red en la organización y patrocinio de dichas ferias, concentrándose en las experiencias adquiridas en la Feria de Agricultores Innovadores de África Occidental celebrada en Ouagadougou en mayo de 2015, patrocinada por Inades Formation Burkina y la plataforma de múltiples actores PROFEIS (Promoviendo la Experimentación y la Innovación Agrícola en el Sahel) en Burkina Faso.