CARE International does provide food aid in times of emergency, but we also look for long-term solutions to provide people with an ongoing and reliable source of food. CARE works with hundreds of communities around the world to find practical and lasting ways to develop reliable food supplies. Our projects are designed to help rural families grow more food as well as conserve and improve soil, water and other natural resources. We also train food producers in how to get to markets and sell their produce as well as linking farmers with domestic and export markets.
CARE International does provide food aid in times of emergency, but we also look for long-term solutions to provide people with an ongoing and reliable source of food.
CARE works with hundreds of communities around the world to find practical and lasting ways to develop reliable food supplies.
Our projects are designed to help rural families grow more food as well as conserve and improve soil, water and other natural resources.
We also train food producers in how to get to markets and sell their produce as well as linking farmers with domestic and export markets.
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Despite the fact that there is enough food for everyone, almost 870 million people go hungry every night. 2.3 million children die needlessly because of malnutrition each year and 165 million more have their future potential permanently damaged because they don’t receive the right nutrients at the start of life. This is a human tragedy, with a clear moral imperative for world leaders to act and the UK should play a leading role.
This policy briefing draws on a report, commissioned by the UK Hunger Alliance (HA) and written by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), which investigates smallholder agriculture’s contribution to better nutrition.
Findings suggest that smallholder agricultural development that is environmentally sustainable, can dramatically reduce poverty and hunger. To have greatest impact, investments should:
- Empower small-scale women farmers
- Promote small-scale farming including home gardens, small-scale livestock and fish-rearing
- Complement agricultural programmes with education and nutrition communication, health services, clean water and sanitation.
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Food insecurity and under-nutrition remain pressing problems in the developing world. Despite their direct contribution to food production, small-scale farmers and their households are disproportionately vulnerable to hunger. How then can smallholder agriculture that is sustainable contribute to improving food security and reducing under-nutrition?
Potentially, smallholder agriculture can improve food security by making food available through production; reducing the real cost of food by increasing supply; generating incomes for farmers and those working the land as labourers, as well as to others in the rural economy from linkages in production and consumption that create additional activity and jobs. Other considerations include the way that increased rural incomes are spent; impacts on women’s incomes, status within the household, and through the demands of farm work, the ability of mothers to allocate income to food and care of young children; the effect of farm work on energy of field workers; and, impacts on health of field workers and those living close to farms.
This paper documents and systematises Peru’s recent experience in tackling malnutrition.
Through an intensive review of quantitative and qualitative evidence, it argues that success is not explained by the presence of favourable socioeconomic changes in Peru, and it explores the political determinants of success in three dimensions.
Horizontally, it looks at government efforts to form policy coalitions across representatives of different government and non-government agencies; it looks at the vertical integration of agencies and programmes between national, regional and municipal governments, and it analyses the allocation of government resources used to fund the government’s nutrition effort.
Three years after the 2007/2008 food price crisis, the cost of food items on both international and national markets are on the rise again.
Poor people, still suffering from the impact of the previous crisis, are being hit hardest. As well as the challenge of rising prices, agricultural commodity indices on both international and national markets have been increasingly volatile over the short-term – negatively impacting on both producers and consumers.
Assessments show that prices on international markets are likely to remain high for the foreseeable future.
In many urban settlements in developing countries, securing a livelihood can be complex and confusing.
Urban residents live in uncertain environments, with urban growth which outstrips economic opportunities, government services which are often reducing and deteriorating, rapid cultural change and increasing crime.
People employ varied strategies, often living on credit and networks of support, undertaking seasonal work, earning incomes in the informal economy, shifting from one temporary household arrangement to another.
Strategy outcomes often do not meet even the most basic of households’ needs, increasing the vulnerability of those already marginalised.
Agronomic practices are being disseminated without their marketing implications being explicitly taken into account and farmers are receiving little or no advice and support regarding post-harvest activities.
The lack of attention paid to marketing issues is problematic, both from a sustainable livelihoods and from a project sustainability perspective.
This study seeks to identify a range of feasible intervention options to improve the returns from marketing by Go-Interfish project participants.
In addition, it aims to provide information and analysis to inform future marketing-related research and activities by Go-Interfish and CARE.
Designed as a resource kit, this document aims to pass on field experience and lessons learned from CARE's rural development initiatives in Zimbabwe.
CARE adopted the Household Livelihood Security (HLS) framework in 1994.
HLS is an integrated framework that promotes participatory problem analysis and program design, geographically focused programming strategies, coherent and often cross-sector monitoring and evaluation systems, and, importantly, reflective practice and continued learning.
Over the past thirty years, households in Malawi have been exposed to a large number of shocks that have led to an ongoing decline of rural livelihoods.
More than 60% of the population is experiencing chronic poverty every year and it has some of the worst child malnutrition and mortality rates in Africa.
The highest concentration of poverty is in the southern region of the country where 68.1% of households are poor, compared to the central region with 62.8% and the north with 62.5%.
The current level of poverty is characterized by deep inequality.
The richest 20% of the population in Malawi consumes nearly half of all goods and services, whereas the poorest 20% consume only 6.3%.
Over the last 30 years agricultural production has continued to form the basis of livelihood strategies in rural Zambia.
There are wide variations, and combinations depending on ecological zone, land suitability, cropping pattern, year round water availability, and potential for livestock/poultry production.
All households engage in a range of non-agricultural natural resource use, for example: fishing, forestry and wildlife utilisation.
In addition households are involved in various alternative informal income generating activities. However, these tend to be short term, seasonal and with low rewards, e.g. petty trading, crafts, and casual labour.