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News 2014

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New video: Equitable Inventory Credit in Niger and Burkina Faso

December 2014: New video: Equitable Inventory Credit in Niger and Burkina Faso A Good Practice for Rural Finance. This explains, step by step, what equitable inventory credit - or warrantage - is and how to adopt the good practices exemplified by the use of this rural finance method in Niger and Burkina Faso. The video summarizes the innovations and practices related to the use of warrantage in these countries.

Already available in French: Le warrantage équitable au Niger et au Burkina Faso : une bonne pratique de finance rurale. Cette video explique étape par étape ce qu'est le warrantage équitable et quelles sont les bonnes pratiques à adopter à travers des exemples du Niger et du Burkina Faso. Le documentaire rassemble les innovations et les pratiques sur le warrantage de ces pays. Juin 2013.

How-to guide: Guidelines for the production of gender responsive radio broadcasts

November 2014: How-to guide: Guidelines for the production of gender responsive radio broadcasts and Guide méthodologique pour la production d’émissions de radio tenant compte du genre

This guide was prepared in Niger by the “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project. It was developed during training given to journalists – both men and women – of rural and community radio stations. The guide seeks to empower both men and women producers of community and rural radio stations, so that they can make quality programmes that systematically take gender into account.

KM4Dev article: La capitalisation d’expériences à l’épreuve de la pratique au Niger et au Burkina Faso

October 2014: La capitalisation d’expériences à l’épreuve de la pratique au Niger et au Burkina Faso.
Knowledge Management for Development Journal 10(2): 48-65
Sophie Treinen, Alice Van der Elstraeten, Frédérique Matras
Abstract and full text PDF

Abstract: From 2009 to 2013, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has implemented the project "Capitalization of good practice in supporting agricultural production and food security" in Niger and Burkina Faso under the Partnership Programme FAO-Belgium "knowledge Management and kind." During these four and a half years, the "Capitalisation" tested and adapted methodologies developed by several organizations to capitalize on experience in management of agricultural inputs and to identify best practices. These methodologies capitalization based on a participatory learning process that involves the collaboration of many partners. Within this project, the themes covered by the funding focused on the management of agricultural inputs, gender and participatory methodologies for capitalization of experiences.
Starting from a conceptual database schema that passes cyclically through several stages (action, reflection, documentation, sharing, ownership and so on), the capitalization process implemented and tested by the project has been successful and has learned from his mistakes. Readjustments thus proved necessary at regular intervals. All lessons have been learned from this experience contributed to the development of a methodology for capitalization. This methodology is the subject of a learning module that is being developed by the program "Knowledge Management and Gender" FAO in partnership with various stakeholders and development institutions

From Dimitra Newsletter 25: A new learning module on experience capitalization

August 2014: From Dimitra Newsletter 25, available in English and French (entire newsletter). A new learning module on experience capitalization. We hear more and more about experience capitalization. But what is it exactly? What’s its use? How to do it? To answer these and many more questions, FAO and partners are working on the development of a new learning module on experience capitalization. The learning module will take several forms: an e-learning version used for individual learning, or for preparation or follow-up of the face-toface events, a printed manual and PowerPoint presentations of each lesson for face-to-face training workshops.

New links for the FAO good practice templates

August 2014: Please note new links for the FAO good practice templates: English, French and Spanish.

Dimitra Newsletter 25: South-South cooperation; Family Farming and Food Security

August 2014: Dimitra Newsletter 25 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter). 

This edition opens with a report of the last session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which has helped to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment feature prominently in the post-2015 development agenda, which is to succeed the present agenda centered at the Millennium Development Goals and whose 2015 deadline is nearing fast. Today, the post-2015 development agenda is at the centre of discussions within the international community on intensifying efforts to take up the world’s major development challenges, including eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving sustainable food security. As always, several articles in the newsletter are devoted to news from the Dimitra listeners’ clubs, particularly in Senegal, where they are working together with Farmer Field Schools as part of the IPPM Programme, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where a traditional chief made an important speech. A number of articles focus on South-South cooperation, which enables countries in the South to pool and exchange practices and knowledge, etc. The long experience of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs in Niger has benefited clubs in Senegal, Mauritania and Ghana, while that of Sud-Kivu, in DRC, has been shared with clubs in Burundi. For the past 17 years, South-South cooperation has received support from FAO as part of its food security programmes. And for the past 15 years, FAO has been engaged in seeking funds to tackle poverty and empower rural women. The  Women’s Portrait profiles Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng, a leader from Uganda who is campaining for women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict settings. Other articles highlight the contribution of family farming to food security and FAO’s, especially in the context of the International Year of Family Farming and the FAO-AMARC partnership in the field of radio and the media. This partnership has resulted in the launch of communication for development regional platforms. The one dedicated to Africa is called YenKasa. Finally, civil society involvement in developing guidelines for sustainable small-scale fishing is described in this issue, and a new FAO learning module for experience capitalization is presented.

Experience capitalization learning module: update

July 2014: Following the Expert Consultation in March 2014, the learning module on Experience capitalization is currently under development in English, to be finalized at the end of this year. It will subsequently be adapted in 2015 in French, Spanish and Arabic according to regional contexts where these languages are spoken. This course aims at providing organizations working in development programmes with the necessary tools and skills to plan and implement an experience capitalization process, and contribute to increased efficiency and effectiveness of their work.

"Experience capitalization", or “systematization”, is the process through which an experience is identified, validated and documented, leading to lessons learning, identification of potential good practices and their subsequent adoption. Thanks to this approach, practices can be adapted, improved, adopted by others and upscaled, leading to a greater impact. 

Good practice fact sheet: How to organize a knowledge share fair (updated)

June 2014: The Good practice fact sheet : How to organize a knowledge share fair  has been updated. It is now also available in French: Fiche de bonne pratique sur les foires aux savoirs : Comment organiser une foire aux savoirs

Expert Consultation on experience capitalization: Rome, Italy, 25th-27th of March 2014

March 2014: An Expert Consultation on experience capitalization will be held at FAO in Rome, Italy, 25th-27th of March 2014. The experience capitalization curriculum is being developed as part of the IMARK series of e-learning modules. This learning module will enable all staff to increase their capacities in experience capitalization and enlarge their vision on how to implement it effectively within their organizations or projects. The consultation is being organized by the Knowledge Management and Gender Programme of FAO, in collaboration with the CGIAR, CTA, ETC Foundation, GIZ, IFAD and UNDP. A follow-up meeting on this will be held in Paris on 10 April 2014. 

Canevas des bonnes pratiques mis à jour

Février 2014: Ce canevas peut être utilisé comme liste de contrôle afin de vérifier si vous avez abordé tous les éléments qui peuvent se retrouver dans une fiche de bonne pratique. Il vous aidera à identifier et à recueillir des bonnes pratiques. Disponible en anglais, en français et en espagnol (FAO, février 2014).

From Dimitra Newsletter 24: Niger and Burkina Faso: Four years of experience with capitalization

January 2014: From Dimitra Newsletter 24, available in English and French (entire newsletter). Niger and Burkina Faso: Four years of experience with capitalization. As the “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project drew to a close in May 2013, it takes stock of its achievements and activities. For more than four years, the project team has tested and adapted methodologies for experience capitalization and to identify good practices.

These capitalization methodologies are based on a participatory learning process which was implemented with a number of partners. The theme of agricultural input management was re-examined from all angles, firstly from a gender perspective, subsequently from the angle of capitalizing on experiences. As a result, the project has designed a range of thematic products on agricultural input management and participatory methodologies which can be used by organizations and projects, so as to help them capitalize on their experiences.

Dimitra Newsletter 24: Poverty reduction in rural areas, International Year of Family Farming

January 2014: Dimitra Newsletter 24 is now available in English and French (entire newsletter). You can also download individual articles, see overview Dimitra Newsletter 24. This issue highlights experiences of development approaches that are helping in the fight against poverty in rural areas. Reducing rural poverty is one of FAO’s strategic objectives for the coming years, to which the Dimitra project is making a special contribution.

FAO-Dimitra is part of the FAO-Belgium partnership programme “Knowledge Management and Gender”. The “Capitalization of good practices in support of agricultural production and food security” project – another component of the programme – recently organized two minifairs to exchange good practices, in Niger and Burkina Faso.