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 - Participation provides the basis for dialogue with people affected by a crisis on what is needed and how it might best be provided. It can help to improve the appropriateness of the humanitarian response by, for example, identifying priority needs, and by ensuring that local capacities are taken into account. In ...read more
08/10/2012
 - Appropriate and inclusive channels for feedback should be available to affected communities and their representatives through each phase of the project cycle. Feedback ensures timely information regarding, for example, whether targeting was correct, programmes are being implemented appropriately, and what impact programmes are having on participants, intended or unintended, positive ...read more
08/10/2012
 - Humanitarian organisations fail to respect the communities they work with when they are not, at a minimum, transparent about their role, their agenda, and what communities can expect from them. Further, information and effective communication are key aid deliverables in their own right. Aid agencies therefore need to gain specific understanding ...read more
08/10/2012
 - Consistent, effective and meaningful accountability to affected populations cannot occur without senior level commitment and leadership, and institutionalised means and processes by which it can be incorporated into the way an organisation works. Staff and implementing and institutional partners need to understand what is expected of them, and policy and guidance ...read more
08/10/2012
 - This month FAO marked World Food Day, an important day set aside each year to reflect on food security issues and ways FAO and its development partners worldwide can work together to eliminate hunger and poverty. This year’s events across the globe focused on agricultural cooperatives as a vital way ...read more
01/10/2012
 - Following the long rains, some areas of concern have emerged with regard to the food security outlook in Kenya. A poor rainy season in some areas has resulted in poor crop performance (southeastern and coastal areas) and severely impacted pasture performance (northwestern and northeastern pastoral areas). In addition, post-harvest losses ...read more
01/10/2012
 - It is now the staple crop (millet and sorghum) growing season in Sudan, and the above-average rains so far have raised hopes of a successful harvest. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture has estimated an increase of 20 to 25 percent in land under cultivation compared to 2011. However, some areas that ...read more
03/09/2012
 - The Government of Zimbabwe, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MoAMID), issued national guidelines to govern the provision of support to smallholder farmers in the form of agricultural inputs and extension for the 2011/12 summer cropping season. These sought to minimize direct input distribution and eliminate the ...read more
01/09/2012