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The 7 A's of branding Jumla apples
The High Value Agriculture – Inclusive Business Pilot Project was initiated by IFAD and SNV in Nepal to test and learn how inclusive business approach could make a difference in linking remote farmers to markets in Nepal. Three agriculture products were chosen for the purpose – organic apples, vegetable seeds and chiuri (butter tree). I prepared this note after my travel to Jumla and...
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RUPES takes part in the 5th Knowledge and Learning Market
  The Rewards for, Use of and Shared Investment in Pro-Poor Environmental Services or RUPES project joined the 5 th Knowledge and Learning Market (KLM5) last October 19-20, 2011 at the Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM) Convention Hall, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City. The KLM is an annual event hosted by the International Fund for...
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Can homemade video help improve farmers’ livelihoods and protect the environment in Vietnam?
I recently had the great privilege of travelling with World Agroforestry Centre Vietnam office Communications staff to the beautiful Ba Be Lake in the northwestern uplands of Vietnam. Ms Nguyen Ngoc Huyen, Communications Officer with the Vietnam office, and I were testing whether it would be possible for non-professional filmmakers, such as ourselves, to make a short video documentary...
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MIT expands its free online courses - Moving KM in the right direction
The NY Times today published an article on MIT expanding its free online courses and plan to provide a credential for Mastery of the subject.  This is interesting news particularly after IFAD's AVP, Kevin Cleaver put so much emphasis on bulding the capacity of our staff in order to meet the greater demands of the next Replenishment period.  Perhaps IFAD staff and project staff could...
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Knowledge Sharing (KS) Tools and Techniques Workshop was successfully held in Hangzhou, China
The Knowledge Sharing (KS) Tools and Techniques Workshop was successfully held during 28-30 November 2011 at Xixi 598 Hotel, Hangzhou for up to 40 Chinese government officials from around 10 different provinces. In the workshop, facilitators (including Ms. Meena Arivananthan, Ms Wang Weijing, Ms. Gong Zheng and I) introduced to and shared with participants about different KS tools and...
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