food security

Evaluation

SERVIR Performance Evaluation: Evaluation Question 1 Report

This report provides summary findings, conclusions, and recommendations for the first of three evaluation questions for a midterm performance evaluation of the SERVIR program. Specifically, this report addresses the following evaluation questions:

Water and Food Security

Water and food security focuses on the management of water for agricultural sustainably and productivity. This includes increasing water-use efficiency and productivity in both rainfed and irrigated areas that will improve water management for agriculture.

Progress Report

[OFDA] Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update FY 2016

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow- and rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $247 million to support WASH programs in more than 35 countries.

Dataset

GCM Downscaled Data Portal

This site features data from various climate-modeling scenarios. These datasets are part of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

Dataset

Exploring Climate and Development Links

We need to act now and have sufficient information to do so. We will need to both do more of the things that we do today and do many different things to adapt to a changing climate. We will need to pursue activities that have both development and climate co-benefits. Building the evidence base for sustained action now and in the long-term is necessary. Climate change will increase the uncertainty countries face and improved climate information for use in development decision will be a critical factor.

Global Waters Article

WASH is a Key Ingredient in Tackling Poverty in Kenya

Picture a rural household in Kisumu, Kenya. Kale, cowpeas, tomatoes, and butternut grow in a kitchen garden fed by a drip irrigation system. Family members harvest these vegetables for the stew that complements their diet, formerly reliant on maize and sorghum. Handwashing stations adjacent to the cooking hut and the improved latrine remind everyone to wash with soap at critical times. Thanks to a new community solar-powered borehole, the family is no longer solely dependent on what the rain provides for drinking water.

Activity

Engineering Services (A&E IQC) for the Tanzania Irrigation and Rural Roads Infrastructure Project

CDM Smith was contracted by USAID/Tanzania to implement this project which supports the objectives of the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative. FtF is a US Government effort which aims to address the root causes of global hunger by sustainably increasing agricultural productivity to meet the demand for food, supporting and facilitating access to strong markets, increasing incomes for the poor so they can meet their food and other needs, and reducing under-nutrition.

Activity

Balochistan Agriculture Project

BAP is the third phase of a 10-year agricultural development project that evolved through a pilot phase focused on community development and food security, to a second phase focused on increasing surpluses and connecting farmers to markets, to a third phase that emphasized transitioning beneficiary farmers to commercially oriented business enterprises.