GAAP Portfolio

After a competitive process, 8 participating projects were selected for the GAAP1 portfolio.  This portfolio represented a diverse array of agricultural and dairy interventions from throughout South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction (CFPR), BRAC , Bangladesh

The goal of the CFPR program is to assist the ultra poor in graduating from the ultra poverty level and accessing mainstream development programming.  The CFPR program provides small grants to female members of ultra poor households in rural Bangladesh.  Participating households are  provided assets (including cattle, goats, poultry birds, or land for horticulture) and intensive training on how to utilize the assets (including improved technology and management practices).  The first phase of the CFPR went from 2002 to 2006.  The second phase of the program was launched in 2007 and ran until 2011.  Thus far the program has reached 400,000 ultra poor women and their families from the poorest regions of Bangladesh.

Enhanced Homestead Food Production (E-HFP), Helen Keller International (HKI), Burkina Faso

The goal of the E-HFP program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, young children and mothers through improved access to nutritious foods year round and the adoption of optimal nutritional practices. The E-HFP program helps  young mothers establish homestead gardens in the Fada region of Burkina Faso.  The project provides inputs (hens, seeds) and trainings in gardening, irrigation and small livestock rearing to beneficiary women.  In addition, the project establishes and trains a system of community level trainers who in turn train beneficiary women in improved nutrition practices using behavior change communications. The project was started in 2010 and will run until 2012.

Strengthening the Dairy Value Chain in Bangladesh (SDVC), CARE Bangladesh, Bangladesh

The goal of the SDVC project is to improve the dairy-related incomes of 35,000 smallholder farmers in northwest Bangladesh. The project seeks to achieve its goal by addressing the major challenges to improving smallholder participation in the value chain, namely farmer mobilization and education, access to markets for their milk, and access to productivity-enhancing inputs.  The project assists in the formation of dairy farmer groups, selection of farmer group leaders, selection of dairy collectors and livestock health workers, and training of all those involved.

Reaching End Users Orange-Fleshed Sweet Potato Project (REU), Harvest Plus, Uganda

The goal of the HarvestPlus Reaching End Users (REU) orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) project is to increase vitamin A intake among vulnerable populations in rural Uganda.  The project introduced betacarotene- rich OFSP and related messages concerning agronomy, nutrition and marketing, in order to induce broad OFSP adoption, increase vitamin A intakes and reduce vitamin A deficiency for children and women in Uganda.  OFSP vines were disseminated through pre-existing farmers groups which were composed largely or entirely of women. This project and evaluation were intended to provide a “proof of concept” of a multi-million dollar effort to support biofortification as a strategy to reduce micronutrient deficiency.

Mozambique Smallholder Dairy Development Program (MSDDP), Land O' Lakes, Mozambique

The Mozambique Smallholder Dairy Development Program (MSDDP) in Manica Province has two primary objectives: 1) rebuilding Mozambique’s dairy industry to meet market demand and 2) increasing incomes for smallholder farmers by participating in a sustainable dairy value chain.  The program provides inputs (dairy cows), trainings (fodder crop and pasture management, animal husbandry), and assistance in establishment of producer cooperatives, milk collection centers and marketing campaigns.

 Kickstart International, Tanzania and Kenya

The objective of the KickStart project is to indirectly improve hygiene, sanitation, health, and nutrition in rural East Africa through the promotion of Kickstart International’s manually operated, economically affordable, locally manufactured treadle pumps.  Information about the pumps is disseminated via radio, TV, printed media and public demonstrations. Pumps are marketed through local businesses and NGOs.  Kickstart collected detailed information about sex and location of pump buyers and collaborated with IFPRI to better understand the gender dynamics of who purchases and controls pumps.

Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), South Asia

The CSISA project was launched in 2009 with the goal of reducing food and income insecurity in South Asia through accelerated development and deployment of new cereal varieties, sustainable crop and resource systems management practices and better access to information.  The project includes widespread delivery and adaptation of production and postharvest technologies to increase cereal production and raise income; and promotion of (i) crop and resource management practices, (ii) high-yielding, stress tolerant and disease-and insect resistant rice, wheat and maize varieties and hybrids.

Micro-land ownership for India's Landless Agricultural Laborers, Landesa, India

The micro-land ownership program strives to reduce poverty through improved homestead development in Odisha and West Bengal.  The project works through local communities and government to assist with allocation or regularization of land and also provides assistance with housing and basic inputs (seeds), capacity building in homestead food production, and promotion of the local development of roads, water, terrain leveling, etc.