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SHARP E-Discussion

New FAO tool to empower farmers in self-assessing their climate resilience
01/09/2014

Over the past year AGPME/C, in close collaboration with the University of Leeds, have been developing a tool to self-assess the climate resilience of farmers and pastoralists at community and individual levels. After field-testing missions in three countries and three rounds of expert reviews, we are approaching the end of the testing phase and are planning to pilot SHARP in the next few months within GEF-funded projects in sub-Saharan Africa.

As a final step in the design of SHARP, we will be holding an expert e-discussion throughout September to finalise calibration of our data scoring mechanism: https://dgroups.org/fao/sharp.
As we near the implementation phase, we are also interested in discussing application in other contexts, in collaboration with interested partners. For further information on involvement in these processes, please contact john.choptiany@fao.org.

A recent blog post written by the team for the CGIAR highlights SHARP and our recent experiences in Uganda and Mali. The article can be found here.

On SHARP:
SHARP offers a participatory survey-based instrument for farmers and pastoralists to self-assess their climate resilience, for use by farmers, rural development practitioners, and researchers. The tool can be used in farmer/agro-pastoral field schools or by farmers organizations to engage with communities. To encompass all facets of farm system resilience, it is divided into 5 sections: governance, practices, environment, social, and economic. The tool is used throughout a given season to reduce the time spent completing the survey in each session and to enable continuous participation and learning during the process. Outcomes include interactive learning and resilience priority setting at farm and community level.
The SHARP website.

SHARP has been developed in partnership with the University of Leeds.
The development of SHARP has also received funding from the European Union through the “Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme." The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union or the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
 
Also in part funded through GEF projects in Angola, Mali, Niger, and Senegal and being implemented in upcoming projects.

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