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Learning and Engaging All in Primary School (LEAPS) II Project

While schools are primarily centers for students' learning, they also serve as foundations for development, including social and economic safety nets, in their communities. For example, in the United States and many other countries, school feeding programs help to ensure that students from all social and economic backgrounds are well nourished, which improves those students' school attendance, academic performance, and long-term opportunities for successful livelihoods.

Case Studies

Promoting Latrine Sales in CLTS Interventions through Integrated Sanitation Marketing

In 2015, after a decade of approaching rural sanitation by subsidizing latrine construction with minimal results, the Government of Senegal launched a new strategy for rural sanitation defined by a transfer of responsibility for the acquisition of sanitation services to communities. This created an opportunity for market-based approaches for increased sanitation outcomes.

Strategy and Guidance

Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change | Pocket Guide 3: Managing Water Resources

Many of the families who farm small, unirrigated plots in the tropics already struggle against poverty, degraded land, and rainfall that varies from year to year. This type of farming, sometimes called rainfed agriculture, is especially vulnerable to climate change. This guide is part of set, Preparing Smallholder Farm Families to Adapt to Climate Change, written for development practitioners working in the agriculture sector. The concepts, information and practices in these guides are meant to support work with farm families and to help reduce their risks from weather changes.

Activity

Senegal Projet Assainissement – Changement de Comportement et Eau pour le Senegal

Assainissement – Changement de Comportement et Eau pour le Senegal (ACCES) is a 5-year, $22 million program awarded to Natural Resources Consulting Engineers (NRCE) in 2016 to achieve improvements in nutrition through investments in water, sanitation, and hygiene in six of the most malnourished regions of Senegal. Activities will test and implement proven state-of-the-art approaches and increase sustainability.  Other activities will support achievement of the Mission’s Country Development and Coordination Strategy (CDCS) Results Framework.

PhotoEssay

Hunger Will Disappear: Building Resilience in Niger (Photo Essay)

This photo essay was created by USAID in Exposure. It highlights the work USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, which has partnered since 2012 with Catholic Relief Services to improve rural households’ resilience to recurrent shocks, such as droughts and floods, and reduce food insecurity in Niger’s Maradi and Zinder regions. The partnership uses a multi-pronged approach to strengthen agriculture, livelihoods, health, education and other sectors, benefiting about 600,000 people.

Report

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of USAID/Nigeria’s Livelihood Project – WASH and Nutrition Component (IR3)

The 5-year Feed the Future (FtF), Nigeria Livelihoods Project (2013–2018), implemented by Catholic Relief Service, supported impoverished households in Nigeria to boost their agriculture production and incomes, and improve nutrition. The project involved four main components of cross-sectoral community-based interventions. This cost-effective analysis (CEA) focuses on the WASH and nutrition component, designed to promote optimal nutrition, provide water and sanitation access, and improve hygiene practices through interventions in WASH and nutrition areas. 

Activity

Development Food Security Activity

The CRS DFSA in Ethiopia is funded by the USAID Office of Food for Peace to sustain and build on the previous food security improvements achieved under the Productive Safety Net Programme, or PSNP, the Government of Ethiopia’s rural safety net for food-insecure households. Now in its fourth phase, the PSNP has expanded from its traditional emphasis on food and cash transfers for work and maternal and child health and nutrition, to include gender, youth and economic livelihoods (on-farm, off-farm and wage employment pathways).

Activity

FARARANO Food for Peace

Fararano is a five-year, USAID Food for Peace Development Food Assistance program whose goal is to reduce food insecurity in 48 communes in three of the most vulnerable regions in Madagascar: Atsinanana, Vatovavy, Fitovinany, and Atsimo Andrefana. The program provides an integrated package of nutrition, agriculture, disaster risk reduction, environment and gender-focused activities to reduce food insecurity in these target areas.

Activity

Rural Access to New Opportunities for Health and Prosperity

Goal

RANO-HP was active from October 2009 to June 2013 and was implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The activity was designed to increase sustainable access to safe water supply, improve sanitation coverage, and expand hygiene practices in 26 rural communities in Madagascar.

Activity

Food​ ​Security​ ​Focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​First​ ​Thousand​ ​Days​

SEGAMIL is a USAID Food for Peace program that focuses on reducing chronic malnutrition rates in eight municipalities in the departments of Totonicapan and San Marcos. The program addresses food utilization, access, and availability in vulnerable communities. Activities integrate health and nutrition, agriculture, sustainable environmental practices, animal husbandry, microenterprise, and local governance.