June Top Resources: Climate Change | Climate Smart Agriculture | Smallholder Value Chains

June Top Resources: Climate Change | Climate Smart Agriculture | Smallholder Value Chains
Special June Newsletter on the Best New Resources for Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability

We encounter so many excellent adaptation and climate change resources that we periodically compile them and share them in a special issue newsletter.

Please note: web addresses change frequently – if one doesn’t work simply type the resource title into your browser.
Climate Change
Youth in action on climate change: Inspirations from around the world
United Nations Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change
May 2013

Status Report on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs)
Midyear Update June 2013

A Training of Trainers Manual for REDD+. For community level facilitators.

Integrating Disaster Risk Management into Climate Change Adaptation
Disaster Risk Management Practitioner’s Handbook Series

Mainstreaming climate change resilience into development planning in Kenya
Vincent Mutie Nzau

Eight Steps to Climate Proof Development in Africa
Richard Munang
The Guardian: Global Development Professionals Network

A Toolkit of Resilient Agricultural Responses to Climatic Challenges in Tropical Asia
Rick Burnette
ECHO Asian notes

Agriculture and Climate Change. Learning from Experience and Early Interventions
Case Study Compilation

Achieving food security in the face of climate change
Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

The Demography of Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Agriculture Sourcebook. 570 pages
FAO. June, 2013

Download the executive summary: http://www.fao.org/climatechange/climatesmart/en/

YPARD 2012 Activity Report
Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development

Interventions for Achieving Sustainability in Tropical Forest and Agricultural Landscapes
Peter Newton, Arun Agrawal, and Lini Wollenberg
May 2013

Forage crop production and management. The effects of herbaceous legume intercropping and mulching on the productivity of Napier grass (Pehnisetum purpureum) and total forage yield in coastal lowland Kenya
J.G. Mureithi and W. Thorpe

A Scientific Perspective on Composting
John K. Lekasi, Keziah W. Ndung’u and Mary N. Kifuk0
Organic resource Management in Kenya – Chapter 8

Organic Resource Management in Kenya – Perspectives and Guidelines
Savala, Canon E. N., Omare, Musa N. | Woomer, Paul L.

Smallholder farmers in Makueni turn to drought resistant crops
By Agatha Ngotho, Nairobi Star

Conservation Agriculture – A manual for farmers and extension workers in Africa

Conservation agriculture and smallholder farming in Africa: the heretics view
Ken E. Giller, Ernst Witter, Marc Corbeels, Pablo Tittonell

A review of the effectiveness of agriculture interventions and improving nutrition outcomes
Peter R Berti, Julia Krasevec and Sian FitzGerald
PATH Canada (Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health)

Smallholder Value Chains
Leaping and Learning. Linking Smallholders to Markets
Steve Wiggins and Sharada Keats
May 2013

World Bank: Africa Agribusiness Report 2013 – Africa Agribusiness
Feature Story: Africa’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Markets Set to Top US$ One Trillion in 2030

FARA Agricultural Value Chain Member Discussion June 2013
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

Growing Africa. Unlocking the Potential For Agribusiness.
The World Bank
January 2013

Empowerment Initiatives
West Africa Insight

Realizing the potential of collective action groups.
Coordinating approaches to women’s market engagement.
Written by Martin Walsh, Global Research Adviser, Oxfam GB. Editors: Imogen Davies and Sally Baden, Oxfam GB.
Researchers: Dr. Nandera Mhando, Dr. Elibariki Msuya and Dr. Carine Pionetti.

Women’s Collective Action. Unlocking the Potential of Agricultural Markets.

Excellent article on the importance of internships during a period of unemployment.
The Internship: Not the Movie
Thomas L Friedman
New York Times
June 8, 2013


‘Post -2015’ international development goals. Who wants what and why.
Emily Benson

An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. Report for the UN Secretary General
6 June 2013
Prepared by the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network

An introduction to the use of randomized controlled trials to evaluate development interventions
Howard White. 3ie
Journal of Development Effectiveness

Nutrition ‘must be a global priority’, says researchers
Helen Briggs
BBC News, 5 June 2013

Does a child die of hunger every 10 seconds?
Ruth Alexander
BBC News, 18 June 2013

Water Management
Sand dams bank water for dry season in semiarid Kenya
Isaiah Esipisu

Community dams aim to build water security in arid Kenya
Kagondu Njagi

Women, unity, water: Adapting to climate change in improving livelihoods in Swaziland
IFAD and Rural Poverty Portal

Upcoming July Courses
International Adaptation Workshop: Designing & Funding CBA Projects. Come Study with Us September 16 in Beautiful Guatemala
This blended learning workshop 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 5-day training workshop.
  3. Return home and launch your project with the continued guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.

 Distance Learning Course: Designing & Funding Nonprofit Projects in Developed Nations
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—OL 101 for Northern Nonprofits will help you develop a sustainable, impact oriented, local project. Take this course as a live workshop. 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.
Join us on July 2 for an intensive series of courses with other students from all over the world.
Are you a donor, a development practitioner, in a job transition, or a student who wants to learn more about what works in designing impact-oriented projects? Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities—both individually and through North/South student partnerships.
Our online courses use each class assignment as a concrete step in developing a real project within a real community. You will take an assignment into the field and use it as a solution-oriented activity that you do together with community members—thereby finishing one component of the project you are developing in the class. And there you have it: an online field course with tangible, concrete results.
Visit Online Learning to see a listing of Summer Quarter courses.
CSDi Summer Quarter 2013: Online Development Courses—July 2, 2013
Would you like to learn about:
Advanced Courses:
Live Workshops for Northern Nonprofits and for International Development Organizations
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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