Neglected and Underutilized species (NUS) are crop species that require much less input from farmers. NUS crops compared to mainstream crops make it easier for farmers, especially in dry land areas in Africa. Gus Le Breton explains that "Historically there hasn't been much of a market for them and the challenge for us is to try to turn these into marketable products, where farmers can grow them and know that in the process of doing so, they can actually earn a living as well as maintain a good nutrition and health."
Encouraging innovation and project financing through "competition"
Improving Market Participation of the Poor in Tra Vinh project (IMPP-TV) is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a UN's rural poverty agency. The objective of the project is to contribute to improving a sustainable income for the poor in rural areas in Tra Vinh. Project activities are built around supporting the poor so that they could access and participate in different markets inside and outside the province. The project ended on December 31, 2012, and achieved most of the targeted objectives. There are many innovative activities and models which should be studied and replicated.
A very innovative and effective activities of IMPP project, is changing the fund of business development and market linkages from the form of "non-competitive" to "competitive". One of the ways the project helped rural farmers to become more competetive was through a learning mission to Peru, where they saw first hand how farmers in South America are using competitive models to build rural empowerment.
This video has been subtitled to Spanish, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfyg-HmUuqg
by IMPP TV, IFAD and PROCASUR
More information at: asia.procasur.org
AVP of the Asian Farmers' Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men -- many of them illiterate -- to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It's called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.
Dear IFADASIA friends, please enjoy this short video about that fantastic experience we had last April. Now also our Division has its "Learning Route" grant and we will be direct protagonists of those successful knowledge sharing experiences. Do you have something to share? Do you want to learn something? Do you have a specific topic about which you would like to know a lot more? Please contact us and we will explore the opportunity to create a Learning Route on your idea!!!!!!Through a Learning Route, thanks to local peer experts, you can learn, come back home and replicate in your country/project all the best practices you have acquired!!!!!