August’s Top Resources: Climate Change | Climate Finance | Climate Smart Agriculture | Livelihoods

August’s 30 Top Resources: Climate Change | Climate Finance | Climate Smart Agriculture | Livelihoods
Special August Newsletter on the Best New Resources for Adaptation, Development, Sustainability and Nonprofit Programs
We have so many excellent resources come through CSDi that we periodically compile them and share them in an occasional, special newsletter.

Please note: web addresses change frequently – if one doesn’t work simply type the resource title into your browser.

Climate Change

CSDi Fall Training
2 Month International Blended Training Program: September 3 – October 31, 2013
Including a 5 Day Live Workshop: Antigua, Guatemala: September 29 – October 4, 2013
El Programa en Español
Programa de Capacitación Internacional de 2 Meses: 3 de septiembre al 31 de octubre de 2013
An option: These training programs in 100% distance learning.

Rise in violence linked to climate change
Rebecca Morelle
BBC News: Science and Environment
August 2013
Review of:

Quantifying the Influence of Climate on Human Conflict
Solomon M. Hsiang, Marshall Burke and Edward Miguel

Climate Smart Agriculture
The New Harvest. Agricultural Innovation in Africa
Calestous Juma
January 2011

MEAS: Five extension related case studies:
Senegal – Beginnings of a Grain Revolution  – by Brent Simpson, MSU
Ghana – Women Extension Volunteers: An Extension Approach for Female Farmers – by Miriam Hird-Younger, EWB, and Brent Simpson, MSU
Uganda – The Mud on Their Legs – Farmer to Farmer Videos – by Jeffery Bentley, Paul Van Mele, and Grace Musimami, Agro-Insight
Kenya – Exploring the Promise of ICTs for Women Farmers – by Cristina Manfre, Caitlin Nordehn, Cultural Practice, LLC
India – Delivering Extension Services through Effective and Inclusive Women’s Groups: The Case of SEWA in India – by Chris Gale, Kathleen Collett and Piera Freccero, City and Guilds Centre for Skills Development

MEAS case studies are available for download at:

Making Sense of Gender, Climate Change and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: Creating Gender Responsive Climate Adaptation Policy
Christine Okali and Lars Otto Naess
May 2013

Agricultural Based Livelihood Systems in Drylands in the Context of Climate Change
Inventory of Adaptation Practices and Technologies of Ethiopia
Kidane Georgis
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)

Agricultural Management for Climate Change Adaptation, Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, and Agricultural Productivity
Insights from Kenya
Elizabeth Bryan, Claudia Ringler, Barrack Okoba, Jawoo Koo, Mario Herrero, Silvia Silvestri

Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture Experiences

Sustainable Intensification: A New Paradigm for African Agriculture
A 2013 Montpellier Panel Report
Imperial College London
May 2013

How Africa can solve its food crisis by growing crops more sustainably
Camilla Toulmin
The Guardian: Poverty Matters Blog
April 2013

Building an Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
Gary Toenniessen, Akinwumi Desina, And Joseph Devries
June 2008

Gates Foundation Program for Emerging Agriculture Research Leaders

3rd World Congress on Agroforestry will be held in Delhi, India, 10 – 14 February 2014

2012 Gap Report Warns of Regional Food Security Challenges Despite Global Progress
Global Harvest Initiative
October 2012

Climate Finance
Carbon Pricing Scenarios
Promethean Carbon
July 2013

Food Security And Nutrition
Briefing Note of the 1st Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference 20-21 AUGUST 2013: Harnessing Ecosystem-based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa and

Home gardens: a promising approach to enhance household food security and well-being
Dilrukshi H Galhena
Agriculture and Food Security
May 2013

Urban Livelihoods and Food and Nutrition Security and Greater Accra, Ghana
Daniel Maxwell, Carol Levin,Margaret Armar-Klemesu, Marie Ruel, Saul Morris and Clement Ahiadeke

Statistics by Area/Child Nutrition
UNICEF: Childinfo
Stunting, Underweight, Wasting, Overweight.
February 2013

Quarter of Worlds Children at Risk of Underperforming at School
Save the Children
May 2013

Innovative financing for inclusive agricultural development
August 2013

EMN Study for Youth Entrepreneurship
European Micro-Finance Network
November 2012

Empowering Communities through Market led Development: Community Agro-enterprise Experiences from Uganda and Malawi
J. Njuki, S. Kaaria, P. Sanginga, E. Kaganzi and T. Magombo

Linking Farmers to Markets: Some Success Stories from Asia-Pacific Region
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions
FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok, Thailand

Linking Farmers to Markets: An Agro-enterprise Approach
John Connell and Ouneko Pathammavong

Alfredo Moser: bottle light inventor proud to be poor
Gibby Zobel
BBC News Magazine
August 2013

Collective Action
Land Matrix Global Observatory


The low-cost technology saving premature babies’ lives
Shilpa Kannan
BBC News
26 August, 2013

Building Capacity in Information Retrieval and Online Research for Health Researchers at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences
Masimba Muziringa
August 2013

Clean water and soap boost growth in young children
Helen Briggs
BBC News: Health
July 2013

Northern Nonprofits
How gardening is helping people with dementia
Rachel Pugh
The Guardian
July 2013

CSDi Training: Designing & Funding Nonprofit Projects in Developed Nations
2 Month International Blended Training Program: September 2- October 31, 2013
Including a 5 Day Live Workshop: Antigua, Guatemala: September 30 – October 4, 2013

Water Management

Water for Rural Communities: How Kenyan rural communities can create their own water supplies with assistance from Water Services Trust Fund

Water Use Master Plan (WUMP)
A concept to equitably share water resources within and amongst rural communities,
Helvetas Switzerland, Weinbergstrasse 22a, P.O. Box, Zürich, Phone: +41 (0)44 368 65 46 –

Planning of Sustainable Land and Water Management in Mbulu and Karatu Districts in Tanzania
Fredrick M. Mngube

11. Sept. 2: Programs in English & Español | Adaptation | Guatemala | DRR | Food | Ag | Water | Development
12. Special 2 Month Blended Distance and  Live Training Program: September 2 – October 28.
Designing and Funding International Development—and Community Based Adaptation Projects:
Desarrollo en América Latina: Sección en Español
El Centro de Desarrollo Sostenible (CSDi) está ofreciendo un programa de capacitación internacional de 2 meses en el diseño y financiamiento de proyectos de desarrollo —incluyendo un taller en vivo en Guatemala comenzando en Septiembre.
Este programa de aprendizaje mixto está disponible en 2 temas especializados:

  1. Diseño y financiamiento para proyectos de adaptación al cambio climático basado en la comunidad
  2. Diseño y financiamiento de proyectos sostenibles de desarrollo internacional

Aprendizaje Mixto:

Programa de Aprendizaje a Distancia & Taller en Vivo. Durante este aprendizaje mixto de capacitación de 2 meses participará en:
  • Aprendizaje a Distancia: Evaluación Participativa de Necesidades. 4 Semanas. Se realizarán evaluaciones participativas de necesidades con una comunidad en su propio país.
  • Un Taller en Vivo: Diseño y Desarrollo de un Proyecto Completo. 6 Días. Al llegar a Guatemala, usará sus evaluaciones de necesidades para comenzar a desarrollar un proyecto completo.
  • Lanzamiento del Proyecto: Desarrollo de Capacidades Comunitarias: 4 Semanas. Regrese a su país para lanzar su proyecto con la orientación continua del líder del taller de CSDi.
International Development: English Section
The Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi) is pleased to offer an international, two-month blended training program on designing and funding development projects —including a live workshop in Guatemala beginning in September.
Choose from one of three specialized fields that will best meet your programming needs:

  1. Designing and funding projects for community-based adaptation
  2. Designing and funding international development projects
  3. Designing and funding northern nonprofit projects

Blended Training:
Blended Distance Learning & Live Workshop training program. During the 2 month blended training program you will participate in:

  • Distance Learning: Participatory Needs Assessments. 4 Weeks. Conduct participatory needs assessments with a community in the country where you work.
  • Live Workshop: Full Project Design & Development. 6 Days. In Guatemala, you will use your needs assessments to begin the development of a complete, manageable project.
  • Project Launch: Community Capacity Building. 4 Weeks. Return home to your country and launch your project with the cotinued guidance of CSDi staff.
13. Fall Quarter
Distance Learning Courses Begin September 2.  Haga click aquí para Cursos en Español.

We’ve trained development professionals from 500 organizations in 147 countries to develop projects impacting over 350,000 people. Student projects have utilized 270 different kinds of solution-oriented activities to address community need. Scan the list to see which would work best for your project.
14. Electives
Fine Tune your Projects with this Powerful array of Elective Courses

15. Come Back!
1/2 Price Courses
Several of you were too busy to complete one of our courses. We realize that many of our participants lead busy professional lives—and because of that we offer to let you take the course again in order to finish your project—for one half of the normal price.

Some of you asked us to send you an occasional reminder about when courses will be offered again. Fall quarter begins September 2. Now is your chance! You can re-enroll in the course you want to finish for 1/2 the normal price if you continue with the same project.

Contact us to learn more about this special offer at:
16. International Workshop: Designing and Funding CBA Projects. Come Study with Us September 2.
Two Month Blended Distance & Live Training
This blended training program includes 6 days in beautiful Guatemala.
In this training we will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, in a real village, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it. Follow link for detailed syllabus.

  1. Conduct a participatory needs assessment with a community in your own country in preparation for the Guatemala workshop—guided by CSDi staff.
  2. Upon arriving in Guatemala, use the needs assessment to begin the development of a complete, fundable, launchable project in this 6-day training workshop.
  3. Return home and launch your project with the continued guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.

 17. Northern Nonprofit: Designing & Funding Nonprofit Projects in Developed Nations. Blended Distance and Live Training.
If you work with a nonprofit in a northern country working on traditional programs such as food banks, animal rescue, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, community development, or environmental restoration—Diploma OL 240 for Northern Nonprofits will help you develop a sustainable, impact oriented, local project. Take this course as a 100% Distance Learning Program. Follow the link to learn more.
The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical tools to sustain it. For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Europe and North America with community development, youth employment, income generation, empowering immigrant women, the Inuit and climate change, and environmental restoration.
18. International Development: Designing & Funding International Development Projects. 2 Month Blended Distance and Live Training.
Are you working in international development in areas such as food security, health and hygiene, watershed management, agriculture, or income generation? Then this training program is for you. Read the syllabus and see how the course is organized.
This two-month training program will present an ‘online field experience,’ and lead participants in the process of developing sustainable, self sufficient communities. This blended learning program will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, in a real village.
We look forward to working with you in our training programs.
Tim Magee, Executive Director
Tim Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
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