Recipe Book Contest | Final Winter Course Call | New Memberships | Nutrition & Garden Recipes | 2011 Project Summary

January 2012 Newsletter
Final Call: One Week Left to Enroll  

 CSDi Winter Quarter 2012: Upcoming Online Field Courses: January 10, 2012  

BECOME THE SOLUTION. Are you a donor, a development practitioner, in a job transition, or a student who wants to learn more about what works in development? 
Join us along with students from all over the world January 10 to improve an existing project or learn from scratch how to design, fund and launch a community based project. Student projects have utilized 175 different kinds of solution-oriented activities to address community need. Scan the list to see which ones would work best for your project.

Gardening for Nutrition: Flexible Recipes  

 Our challenge: Overabundance! We are simply producing more vegetables than we can eat. Vegetables we picked today are rich in vitamins, minerals, micro nutrients, carbohydrates & proteins–things frequently missing in the diets of developing nation villagers in–yet are simple & inexpensive to grow.
Food diversity is a major component of human nutrition. In other words, by eating a diversity of food you will be eating a range of the vitamins and minerals that you need to complement your carbohydrate and protein intake. Look at our ideas for flexible recipes.

International Home Gardening for Nutrition Recipe Book Contest

 We would like to hear from you about your recipes from your garden in your country.
It’s easy. Simply send us a MS Word attachment with your favorite recipe that uses vegetables/fruit/small livestock that you’ve grown/raised in your home garden.

 Please include photos of you, your garden, and/or the finished meal if possible. Let us know a little about your garden – for instance what you raise and what special challenges you face in your country (don’t forget to tell us what country you are from!). Follow the link for simple instructions.
We will compile these into an ‘International Garden for Nutrition Recipe Book’. The recipe book will be a free download – and you will be highlighted for your contribution.

Were hoping to hear from people from all over the world. People from over 170 countries subscribe to the newsletter: we want a recipe from each country!

New CSDi Membership Opportunity: Gain access to hundreds of development resources

Free Membership Benefits. Not a member? Membership is free: we only need your name & email. As a member you will have access to a collection of resources for increasing impact in the field.
What Works in International Development? Sustainable projects are based upon a series of building block activities that have shown scientific evidence of having worked, and that provide effective grassroots solutions to needs identified by rural communities.Take a look below to see what is available to members.

  • Community workshop lesson plans for 150 development activities.
  • Access to over 200 manuals & field guides development activities organized by sector
  • Access to specialized climate change related manuals, field guides & academic papers
  • Background information on the 12 traditional development sectors
  • Monthly newsletter with case studies & detailed information of field projects
Summary of 2011 Field Projects in 18 countries

 We’ve been very lucky in 2011 with the high quality of our student field partners and of the projects they developed—and during November we featured select projects in four newsletters for specialty audiences. Each project has a student introduction, a short write-up—as well as detailed background information about the actual communities and solution oriented project activities.
The four specialtity newsletters have been compiled into this 2011 Field Project summary.

New Resource for Climate Change Adaptation
Technologies for Climate Change Adaptation in the Agriculture Sector: UNEP
This new guidebook on Technology for Climate Change  Adaptation in the Agriculture sector has been recently published by GEF-UNEP. This guidebook is intended to assist developing country governments, agriculture practitioners, and stakeholders in conducting Technology needs Assessment and prepare technology action plans for adaptation to climate change in the agriculture sector under the Global Environment Facility.


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