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Africa’s agriculture sector faces long-standing obstacles and opportunities. Many challenges — related to climate change and drought; pests and disease, such as the recent locust infestation in East Africa; gender gaps in access to land, as well as agricultural inputs and extension; and trade — affect farm productivity and nutrition security in intersecting and overlapping ways.
From Project to Sustainable Progress: Tanager and ACDI/VOCA Help Local NGO NAFAKA Kilimo Impact Tanzanian Agriculture
Tanager, ACDI/VOCA, and AV Ventures share a mission to improve economic and social conditions for vulnerable populations around the world. Although our organizations have different structures and approaches, collaboration and support for each other is vital for creating a positive impact for project participants and funders. The story of the newly formed Tanzanian NGO NAFAKA Kilimo is a wonderful example of how our organizations can contribute to sector-wide impact through collaboration.
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In India and Mozambique, Tanager works with smallholder farmers on reducing aflatoxin contamination in peanut crops. Reducing aflatoxin contamination requires identifying pain points in the supply chain where aflatoxin can infect yields and introducing smallholder farmers to techniques that can reduce moisture.
Application of this tool illustrates how much capacity an agricultural development partner has on gender and nutrition and helps identify areas that can be built to increase technical capacity in gender and nutrition integration.
This document below is meant to guide you through the conceptualization, rationalization, and development of a strategy to integrate nutrition outcomes into the regular work of your organization, with support and assistance provided by Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) as needed.
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The trainings are largely based off of the Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS) Guidance, which Tanager helped the WFP to develop back in 2017. Like the guidance, the trainings are designed to be both flexible and specific: we can’t anticipate every situation in every country that could occur in the future, but we also know that if we just provide general statements then it’s not really good guidance. That being said, one of the main things we consider when preparing for a training is how much experience country offices have with smallholder programming, since we want to provide information that is both relevant and applicable. We’ve facilitated training sessions for both individual country offices as well as for regional bureaus.
Below, in their own words, the president of Dhimsa Coffee Farmer Producer Company and a farmer associated with the FPC talk about how working with Tanager has increased their income and crop yields.
This training will provide a general overview of the WEAI to help participants gain a better understanding of what it is, what it entails, and how it can be used to inform gender-responsive programming.
Today, as the world celebrates International Women’s Day, I reflect back on how I commemorated IWD in 2020, on the cusp of a pandemic that would change our very definition of normal. On this day last year, I sat on a panel with esteemed Tanager leaders and gender advisors Maureen Munjua, Sita Zougouri, and Caroline Mukeku. We talked about advances in women’s economic empowerment in the countries where we live, and the work that is still needs to be done.