Studies and Reports
Propel Digest: News from the field
The Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project is a sustainable economic growth project to increase the value of Caribbean fresh produce accessing high-value markets (HVMs) in the Caribbean and internationally by CAD $100 million over six years. Funded by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF), the project is working with private sector buyers, producers, other value chain actors and business service providers to facilitate the safe, effective and efficient movement of fresh produce from the farm to HVMs.
This newsletter highlights recent progress and key developments around the project and shares a little bit about where the project is going.
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Summary Report of Ethiopian National Forum for Climate Change Adaptation
From February 25th-27th, 2014, the Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) and its local partner, the Organization for Relief and Development in Amhara (ORDA), jointly held a National Forum for Climate Change Adaptation in Addis Ababa. The event brought together more than 150 policy-makers, donors, researchers, community members, local government, civil society and grassroots practitioners, as well as community representatives to share knowledge in climate change adaptation, explore lessons learned and good practices, and discuss ways of strengthening climate adaptive capacity in Ethiopia. With “Building Community Resilience through Innovative Adaptation Practice” as the overall theme of the Forum, a series of lessons emerged for policy-makers, researchers, practitioners and communities as they plan for and manage climate change adaptation.
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Looking Ahead: CHF’s Strategic Planning Framework
As 2015 approaches, the international development sector finds itself at a crossroads. While some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have already been achieved, others have proven more intractable, and new ones are emerging. Economic growth, for the most part, has failed to include the poor, resulting in further exclusion and inequality. The impacts of climate change are destroying some of the gains made in rural poverty reduction. Malnutrition and hunger are at unacceptable levels, particularly in rural areas, and serious constraints to food production remain. Although gains have been made in health and education, women and girls continue to be over-represented among the poor and women’s employment lags behind that of men. Unprecedented numbers of children and youth are raising new job creation and employment challenges. The issues are complex and inter-related.
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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
The Benishangul Gumuz Food Security and Economic Growth project (BSG FSEG) (2010 – 2015) supports communities in Ethiopia to diversify food choices, improve agricultural productivity and engage in sustainable income-generating activities. This project aims to improve the food security and economic well-being of vulnerable people and will directly benefit 127,000 individuals in the Benishangul Gumuz Region (BSG). With financial support from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), the project is a unique partnership between the Government of Ethiopia and seven NGOs: the Canadian Hunger Foundation, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, Food for the Hungry, the International Network of Bamboo and Rattan, Oxfam Canada, Save the Children, World Vision Canada.
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Protecting our Common Future: An Assessment of Canada's Fast-Start Climate Financing
Between 2010 and 2012, Canada contributed almost $1.2 billion towards supporting developing countries to address the impacts of climate change. This was part of Canada's commitment under the Copenhagen Accord (see box next page) and represented a substantial increase from previous years of Canada's climate-related financing.
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Fertile Ground? Assessing CIDA's investments in food and farming
Recent research by a coalition of Canadian international development organizations found that Canada's work on global food security is well funded and well targeted. It is improving food security for very poor people in developing countries, and should be continued.
Strengthening Canada’s contribution to global food security
As part of CHF's efforts to share the lessons learned through our work, CHF staff supported the development of this report by the Food Security Policy Group that draws on a wealth of insights from development organizations across Canada. FSPG members and their partners identify how food security programming can be most effective.Read more
The Road to Resilience: Achieving Food Security By Strengthening Livelihoods
Building on people’s livelihoods to ensure food security is what the Canadian Hunger Foundation does best. Drawing on examples from CHF’s projects around the world, this report examines some of the ways we are helping smallholder farmers in developing countries to thrive and to access sufficient supplies of safe, nutritious food year-round.
Building a Pathway out of Ultra-Poverty
This report looks results from CHF’s five-year “Sustainable Livelihoods for the Ultra Poor” project in Chandpur District, Bangladesh. Over the course of the project improvements were tracked to show ‘graduation’ in the community by evaluating six categories including resilience, food security, housing, education, joint-decision making between men and women and income.
GIS in Focus: A CHF Report Looks at Using Geographic Information Systems to Bolster Effective Project Management
The Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF) is using a type of technology in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka which helps to strategically plan and evaluate development interventions using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This brief focuses on our lessons in GIS from Bangladesh.
Saving Crops, Saving Lives: The Need for More Aggressive Support to Climate Change Adaptation
While investment in adaptation efforts yields a double dividend in protecting harvests and securing the incomes of some of the world's poorest people, failure to plan properly can equally put recent development successes in jeopardy. This report sheds new light on the link between food security and climate changes facing farmers in developing countries and how donors around the world can better help them to adapt.
Lessons Learned: Building Community Capacity Project, Guyana
CHF’s BCCP focuses on the capacity building of 20 Guyanese NGOs. It has achieved dramatic results. Summarized here, the key to its success is an organizational coaching model that tailors interventions to the specific needs and abilities of each organization.
The H.O.P.E. Project: Best Practices and Tools for Community-Based Peacebuilding in South Sudan
The ‘Harmonizing the Objectives of People’s Efforts’ project was part of a growing effort to bring peace to communities of South Sudan. This manual presents practical examples learned from CHF’s experiences in South Sudan which provide some alternatives to violence, find new ways of managing conflict and take the first steps toward sustainable peacebuilding work.
Lessons Learned: Sustainable Livelihoods Rehabilitation Projects, Pakistan
Between 2006 – 2008, CHF supported SUNGI and HAASHAR, two Pakistani NGOs, through two earthquake rehabilitation projects in four districts of Abbottabad and Mansehra respectively. The projects, funded through grant assistance from CIDA, have sought to help selected poor in rural, earthquake-affected communities to move towards attaining sustainable livelihoods.
HIV/AIDS, Gender Inequality and the Agricultural Sector
HIV/AIDS is a major developmental crisis that challenges the Millennium Development Goal of “halving the proportion of hungry and extremely poor people by 2015.” These guidelines share techniques for incorporating HIV/AIDS and Gender Considerations into Agricultural Programming in High Incidence Countries.
Lessons Learned: Partnership for Food Security project in Bati, Ethiopia
CHF and ORDA, our Ethiopian partner, responded to a hard-hitting drought in 2003 with the Partnership for Food Security (PFS) Project. In its first stage, the project focused on providing emergency food relief. The second stage of the project, which ended in 2009, aimed to improve long-term food security and strengthen the capacity of communities to cope with shocks and stresses such as drought.
Responding to the Global Food Crisis
This report features CHF’s recommendations for responding to the Global Food Crisis in three key areas: programming, policy, and public engagement.
Lessons Learned: Pastoralist Development Project, Kenya
The Pastoralist Development Project (PDP) started as a Camel Improvement Project with a strong focus on the camel and a substantial research base. Over time, it evolved into a multi-sector project with a focus on the camel as the means to sustainable community development in pastoralist areas. This document is a compilation of Lessons Learned in a 12 year Pastoralist Development project in Northern Kenya.
Small Scale Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition
Increased food production on its own does not guarantee improved food security and nutrition.If we want to improve peoples’ nutrition and food security, we need to better understand the range of factors that interact with food production to create positive outcomes. This discussion paper explores these complex issues, and in particular, the impact of smallscale agriculture projects on food security and nutrition outcomes.
Global Food Price Crisis - Update
In June 2008, CHF sent a questionnaire to its developing country partners requesting that they provide information on the extent of rising food prices and their impact on beneficiaries. The resulting study – Responding to the Global Food Price Crisis – showed that CHF’s beneficiaries were experiencing the crisis in a number of ways summarized in this update.
Lessons Learned: An Indian Perspective on the AFPRO-CHF Biogas Project
In the 1980s, CHF partnered with India's Action for Food Production (AFPRO) to support a biogas extension program leading to a record partnership of 17 years. In 2000, CHF published lessons learned from the program.
Ethiopia: The Path to Self-Resiliency Study
This report is the result of a research effort managed and coordinated by CHF on behalf of the 15-member Canadian NGO Network in Ethiopia (CANGO) to assess the factors that contribute to the vulnerability and resilience of communities and households in rural Ethiopia.