Rural development

The Livehood Assessment Toolkit

The Livehood Assessment Toolkit aims to assess the impact of disasters on the livelihoods of people and the capacity and opportunities for recovery and increased resilience to future events. Produced by Food and Agriculture Organisation, this toolkit is comprised of four volumes providing an introduction and tools to address baseline studies, initial assessment, and post disaster assessment.

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Who Makes the First Move?

Chapter 4 of the Municipal Systems Act (Act 32 of 2000) is clear about the importance of community participation in government processes and projects which impact on local development. Complementing this is the discernible shift by civil society to insist on being consulted before projects are implemented in communities. This insistence is strongly supported by recent court cases in favour of community consultation and participation.

Socioeconomic Inequality in Malnutrition in Developing Countries

Socioeconomic Inequality in Malnutrition in Developing Countries is a study that reports on socioeconomic inequality in childhood malnutrition in developing countries, with the intention of providing evidence for an association between socioeconomic inequality and the average level of malnutrition.

Authored by E. Van de Poel, et al, the paper uses measures of stunting and wasting as an indicator of malnutrition, and household assets and living conditions as indicators of socioeconomic status.

Knowledge Management for Agricultural Innovation

Knowledge Management for Agricultural Innovation: Lessons from Networking Efforts in the Bolivian Agricultural Technology System is a paper that presents results based on two cases studies in Bolivia of an analysis on farmers’ behaviour. Produced by the Community of Practice, Knowledge Management for International Development, the report discusses how knowledge management modalities affect innovation behaviour among small farmers. It also examines how schemes, which involve multiple agents, can influence farmers' attitudes towards innovation.

Rural Education, Awareness and Community Health

Exposing Sexual Disparities in Farming Communities

Rural Education, Awareness and Community Health (REACH) was established to respond to the heightening levels of sexual harassment evident in South Africa’s rural farming communities.

In the context of sexual harassment, the organisation raises awareness of the prevalence of sexual and domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in Western Cape’s rural farming communities.

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