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Learning International Best Practices on Conservation Agriculture from Brazil The Chinese Province of Guangdong wanted to increase its knowledge of conservation agriculture practices that would help achieve sustainable crop production and reduce surface water pollution. During its exchange with Brazil, the Province learned about good conservation agriculture practices and the policies and technical support needed to promote…
Building Capacity among Nicaragua’s Small-Scale Cocoa Farmers and their Organizations to Facilitate Fair Trade The Nicaraguan Government, aiming to promote social and rural development and poverty reduction among its indigenous populations, recognized the much-needed task of building capacity for effective marketing among the small-scale cocoa farmers and their communities at local and national levels. In order to secure better market deals, Nicaragua’s…
Reshaping Pakistan’s Agricultural Innovation Systems and Research: Learning from the Experience of EMBRAPA Brazil The Government of Pakistan initiated a reform process for the country’s agriculture research system. To support the government reform process, a South-South knowledge exchange program was carried out between the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) and Pakistan’s Ministry of National Food Security and Research and the Brazil Enterprise for…
Implementing and Sustaining Shade-Grown Coffee in Burundi and Rwanda: An Exchange of Traditions with Colombia and Ethiopia In a strategy to strengthen the coffee sector in Burundi and Rwanda, both countries demonstrated interest in implementing shade-grown coffee programs that will promote sustainable economic development and redress land degradation. Putting in place such programs required increased stakeholder ownership and specific technical and organizational…
Knowledge and Experience Exchange on Integrated Water Resources Management Aspects between China and Morocco To develop innovative and successful methods to address increasing water scarcity and over-exploitation of fresh and groundwater supplies affecting its agricultural industry, the Government of Morocco participated in an exchange visit to China. The exchange focused on the use of remote sensing technology applied to water management and monitoring…
Environmental Sustainable Cacao Production for Small-Scale IP and Afro-Decedents Farmers in Honduras In Honduras, small cacao farmers were not equipped to enter a more competitive international market. These farmers traditionally had limited access to technical assistance, training, financial support, and other extension services. To assist these indigenous and Afro-descendant farmers with preparing their cacao products for international markets…
Building Capacity to Develop Mauritania’s Livestock Value Chain In order to establish a red meat export initiative to fulfill its potential to be one of the top livestock industries, the Government of Mauritania learned from Zambia’s experience.  Lessons from the study tour resulted in policy changes; some were integrated into a feasibility study. Mauritania is being positioned to attract external funding…
Exporting India’s Dairy “Revolution” to Help Feed Children in Africa While Tanzania and Uganda had taken measures to increase milk production, including creation of National Dairy Development Boards (NDDBs), problems in the milk supply chains continued to hamper milk output. Tanzanian and Ugandan Ministry of Agriculture and other dairy sector officials wanted to learn from India, where a “white revolution” had…
Learning from Experience with Small-scale Irrigation in West Africa Most West African farmers need to reduce their reliance on the region’s erratic rainfall patterns if they want to increase crop yields and diversify from traditional commodity production. A number of low-cost technologies for small-scale private irrigation, such as treadle pumps and manual well-drilling equipment, have been tested in West Africa,…
Improving Livelihoods through Investment in Rural Development, Infrastructure, and Social Services Even while India is enjoying unprecedented economic growth, as one of the most populous countries in the world a vast number of its citizens still live below the poverty line, especially in rural areas. The government realized that dealing with this problem requires adopting best international practices. Very few poverty reducing models, however,…
Public Private Partnerships in Irrigation The Government of Ghana has made private investment in infrastructure and services through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) a development priority. This commitment is in response to a major infrastructure deficit, a narrow fiscal space, and a legacy of inefficient public service delivery. Improved infrastructure services are critical to economic…
Ghanaian Women Farmers Partner with Indian Counterparts to Improve Production and Marketing of Shea Nuts The Ghanaian PagSung Shea Butter and Shea Nut Pickers Association wanted to increase their production, processing, and export of shea nuts. The Self Employed Women’s Association in India had a model program that organizes women workers to obtain work security, income security, food security, and social security. An exchange between the two…
Access to Markets and Value Chains for Indigenous People in Paraguay The Government of Paraguay’s (GoP) National Development Plan (NDP) 2014-2030 focuses on eliminating extreme poverty. NDP includes the flagship program Sembrando Oportunidades (Sowing Opportunities) which seeks to increase income and access to social services for families living in situations of vulnerability. Although the program has yielded…