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Two new projects in the Philipines was introduced this week.  The Fisheries Coastal Resources and Livelihood (FishCORAL) on 19 Januay 2016 and the Project Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (CONVERGE) on 21 January 2016.

FishCORAL aims to aid fishing households below the poverty line in the areas of Region 5, 8, 13 and ARMM









Project CONVERGE aims to reduce incidence of poverty in the ten target provinces of Regions 9, 10 and CARAGA located in the west, north and northeast of Mindanao which are among the six poorest regions of the country through crop diversification and increased farm income.










Guest Blog: Who is responsible for climate change?

Posted by Ricci Symons Friday, January 15, 2016 0 comments

By Julie Potyraj from George Washington University,

As extreme weather events occur more commonly across the globe, it is becoming apparent that the implications of climate change extend far past a change in the Earth’s average temperature. Though all countries will be affected, The World Bank cautions that poor countries are the most at risk for complications due to the changes in weather. Increasingly severe droughts, floods, and heat waves will hinder crop production and reduce the availability of safe water. Information collected by Global Agriculture shows that millions of people in the world’s poorest countries rely on either subsistence or commercial agriculture, so any changes in solar radiation, temperature, and hydrologic cycle could threaten their livelihoods. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) crop yields, food prices, and overall food security will be negatively affected by climate change as well, though the exact impact is difficult to calculate due to a variety of determinants that include regional climates, agricultural practices, and types of crops.
 
Certain parts of the world, specifically Africa and Asia, are already suffering from extreme weather events. There has been a push to emphasize funding for climate “adaptation” in addition to climate “mitigation.” Adaptation is the preparation for the effects of climate change, while mitigation involves initiatives that obstruct the progress of climate change. It is no longer enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the future; damage has already been done. Many organizations, like The World Bank, are prioritizing disaster risk management and other immediate climate change adaptation strategies in order to brace for the effects of the Earth’s rising temperature in the world’s poorest countries; without adaptation, those countries are even more exposed and vulnerable.
 
Why? Because a slight change in the Earth’s temperature can result in immeasurable consequences on the daily lives of poor rural communities. Lower crop production, changing landscapes, and shrinking safe water supplies caused by the effects of climate change will hinder economic development and increase world hunger. Severe weather events facilitate the spread of disease. The damage that weather causes to infrastructure and rural environments makes it more difficult to provide people with the medical attention they need. If they are unable to cope with unstable soil conditions and unreliable water availability, rural families may be forced to temporarily or permanently resettle. However, migration can lead to political, social, and economic instability. Migration is an extreme and disruptive adaptation strategy, but it may be the only option for inhabitants of the most vulnerable regions.
 
Though agriculture is actually a contributing factor to greenhouse gas emissions, the people most susceptible to the harmful effects of climate change are not necessarily the people with the power to mitigate the Earth’s rising temperatures. The following data visualization from MHA@GW, the online Executive Master of Health Administration offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, compares the nations that contribute the most CO2 emissions to the nations that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Many of the most vulnerable nations are already predisposed to severe weather events such as drought and flooding. Unless developed countries take accountability for their contribution to climate change, the world’s most vulnerable countries and communities will increasingly struggle to adapt to its negative effects.



This graphic can be seen in a larger form here.

A glance at your favourite social media content

Posted by Gabriele Marchese Thursday, January 14, 2016 0 comments

As the new year is upon us, we had a look back at IFAD's social media highlights of 2015 to see what our followers engaged with the most over the course of the year. What were the agriculture and rural development issues you found most interesting? Let’s take you through our findings.

Achieving food security in a changing climate

One of the themes you have been engaged with the most is climate change and its impact on food security. Our Recipes for Change showed the effects of unpredictable and extreme weather conditions on rural people's traditional crops and dishes.

Partnering with rural communities in developing countries and local celebrity chefs, we brought you a taste of food traditions from around the world, and included the recipes for you to try at home.

Last year, climate change was high on the world's agenda. The world's leaders gathered together in Paris in November to reach a global agreement to protect the environment. At the UN's Climate Conference (COP21) IFAD focused on the role of rural people in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

At the COP21, our followers participated actively in our campaign "Make the Change". Thanks to everyone who contributed and shared the petition on social media, we were many who said "Make the change: Invest in farmers in the developing world now!"

 


In this episode of #RecipesForChange, top Bolivian chef Marko Bonifaz discovers how climate change is threatening the...
Posted by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Wednesday, April 15, 2015



Building a better world, it's about people

In September, the UN General Assembly approved 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that commit the world to shape a better future for the next generations. A future free of poverty and hunger. As entrepreneurs and agents of change, rural people and smallholder farmers are critical to ending poverty, feeding the world and protecting the planet.

We gathered stories of rural people, who with the right investments are making a considerable difference for their families and communities, by doing their job as farmers, fishers or livestock breeders. 

In the lead up to the 70th session of the UN General Assembly, we launched a campaign to tell the world's leaders that: Building a better future - it's about people. Over 500 followers signed up for our Thunderclap and the support enabled us to spread the stories of WafaaBenjaminAna Sofia and many others to more than half a million people.


International days 

The United Nations observes designated days, weeks, years, and decades, and assigns each of them a specific topic that resonates with the priorities of the global agenda. As a specialised UN agency, IFAD has celebrated many of those observances, like International Women's Day, World Soil Day and World Environment Day.

The one our followers engaged with the most was the World Happiness Day, celebrated on 20 March. Also, during the World Food Week in October, our followers engaged with us at multiple events such as the UN Committee on World Food Security and the Expo2015 in Milan for the World Food Day, on 16 October.









AgTalks: Bringing you the latest trends in small-scale farming

Introduced during the International year of Family Farming, the AgTalks series has become a regular appointment, offering up-to-date insights and research on smallholder farming. Innovators, policy-makers and rural people have come to IFAD Headquarters in Rome to join a live discussion, and engage with the audience in the room as well as followers on social media. The topics have often been connected to the international agenda, like the one on the International Day of Rural Women.

The future belongs to organised farmers, says Beatrice Makwenda in her #AgTalks that was just released yesterday.Watch the full episode here: http://www.ifad.org/agtalks/index.htm
Posted by International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) on Thursday, June 18, 2015


Stay tuned

The content reported above is just a small piece of the broader mosaic of topics, events, and research findings we have talked about on social media.

If you want to know more about what's going on in the environment of agricultural and rural development, read more stories of smallholder farmers, find out the latest thoughts and trends on rural transformation - then stay tuned and follow us in 2016!

We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Plus, Linkedin, and Blogspot. And don’t miss the thoughts and quotes from IFAD's President, Kanayo F. Knwanze, which he shares on his Twitter account.

30 años de compromiso con El Salvador

Posted by cortescarrasbal Tuesday, January 12, 2016 0 comments

Por Anna Rivera y María Luisa Saponaro

El Fondo Internacional para el Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) celebró el año pasado 30 años de colaboración con el Gobierno de El Salvador y compromiso con la población rural salvadoreña Una parte esencial de las conmemoraciones fue la celebración en noviembre de la 1ª. Semana FIDA sobre Desarrollo Rural, Diálogo, Conocimiento y Articulación - El Rostro Humano del Desarrollo.
El evento, organizado en coordinación con el Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería (MAG) y otros sectores claves de la sociedad salvadoreña, tenía como objetivo impulsar el diálogo y el debate sobre políticas públicas, abordando temas como la participación y oportunidades para la juventud rural, el empoderamiento económico de las mujeres rurales y de los pueblos indígenas y el medio ambiente y la mitigación de los efectos del cambio climático.



La jornada inaugural de la semana contó con la presencia del ministro de Agricultura y Ganadería, Orestes Ortez, quien destacó en su discurso el compromiso del gobierno de trabajar por el desarrollo del sector productivo en las zonas rurales.
“La colaboración del FIDA ha sido esencial en los avances conseguidos en este terreno”, aseguró Ortez. El titular del MAG agradeció al FIDA y al resto de agencias de la ONU presentes en El Salvador su cooperación con el desarrollo del país en los más diversos ámbitos sociales y económicos.
Glayson Ferrari, gerente del programa del FIDA para El Salvador, declaró: “Lo que vamos a mostrar aquí durante esta semana no es fruto tan solo del trabajo del FIDA, sino de la colaboración entre muchos socios, del esfuerzo de muchas manos trabajando al unísono”.
Uno de los principales momentos del evento fue la presentación de la Estrategia del FIDA en ElSalvador para los años 2015-2019. Dicha estrategia, elaborada en estrecha colaboración con el gobierno, la sociedad civil, el sector privado y, por supuesto, las organizaciones rurales salvadoreñas, prevé una inversión de 41 millones de dólares para luchar contra la pobreza rural.
El objetivo del FIDA durante estos años será generar riqueza y bienestar entre las y los pequeños agricultores salvadoreños y sus familias, a través de la consecución de tres objetivos estratégicos:

  • ·      Mejorar el acceso de las y los pequeños agricultores a tecnologías, recursos e información; que les permitan desarrollar una agricultura más sostenible y adaptarse al cambio climático.
  • ·      Promover el empoderamiento económico de la juventud, las mujeres rurales y los pueblos indígenas.
  • ·       Contribuir a los esfuerzos del gobierno para invertir de forma más eficaz, eficiente y equitativa en las áreas rurales.
Las operaciones financiadas por el FIDA en el país son y serán continuidad de una colaboración que comenzó en 1985 y que se ha concretado en los 10 proyectos de desarrollo llevados a cabo conjuntamente con el MAG. Dos de dichos proyectos están todavía activos y un tercero, Rural Adelante, fue aprobado por la Junta Ejecutiva del FIDA el pasado mes de diciembre y en breve estará operativo.
Más de 560 personas asistieron al evento, en el que participaron 120 representantes de instituciones de gobierno salvadoreño y de gobiernos locales. Entre ellos, además del titular del MAG, cuatro viceministros de Agricultura y Ganadería (Hugo Flores), Economía (Merlin Alejandrina Barrera), Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Ángel Ibarra) y Gobernación y Desarrollo Territorial (Daysi Villalobos).
También estuvieron representados 36 socios estratégicos del FIDA en El Salvador y América Central, incluyendo organizaciones de la sociedad civil, ONGs (PROCASUR, RIMISP-Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural, PRISMA, Grupo de Diálogo Rural de El Salvador, Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales-ICEFI, SNV y Fundación Salvadoreña para el Desarrollo Económico y Social-FUSADES), empresa privada (AGEXPORT) y organizaciones internacionales (Comisión Económica para América Latina-CEPAL y ONU Mujeres). Muchos de ellos fueron co-organizadores de distintos momentos y actos incluidos dentro del programa de la semana.
Los 11 paneles temáticos realizados abordaron importantes cuestiones en el área del diálogo sobre políticas públicas para el desarrollo rural:
  • participación democrática,
  • oportunidades económicas de los y las jóvenes;
  • empoderamiento económico de las mujeres;
  • programas de transferencia monetaria; acceso a mercados;
  • alianzas entre los sectores público y privado y las y los pequeños productores rurales;
  • medio ambiente y cambio climático;
  • soberanía y seguridad alimentaria;
  • y la participación y empoderamiento económico de los pueblos indígenas.
Junto con ellos, 6 talleres proporcionaron formación práctica a decenas de asistentes en cuestiones como metodologías para el diálogo sobre políticas públicas de desarrollo rural, participación en mercados y cadenas de valor o negocios inclusivos.
La juventud tuvo un papel relevante. Más de 110 jóvenes rurales participaron en diversos paneles sobre juventud rural y en la Asamblea de la Red Nacional de Jóvenes Rurales. Durante este último evento, aprobaron un plan de trabajo y acordaron la creación de la Asociación Integral de Redes Juveniles Rurales de El Salvador (AREJURES), que les representará a nivel nacional. Las y los miembros de la primera junta directiva de la recién creada asociación, fueron juramentados por Yeymi Muñoz, directora general del Instituto Nacional de Juventud (INJUVE).
Los y las jóvenes rurales expusieron su necesidad de más oportunidades para la participación y explicaron cómo muchos de ellos viven en condiciones de pobreza y vulnerabilidad, su falta de recursos para convertirse en pequeños agricultores o emprendedores rurales y cómo tienen que lidiar con la carga de la persistente violencia criminal que afecta a El Salvador.

Glayson Ferrari destacó el papel clave de la juventud en el desarrollo rural: “Sin una juventud empoderada, todo esfuerzo en favor de un desarrollo rural inclusivo será en vano. Los jóvenes son la respuesta a muchos de los desafíos que las áreas rurales afrontan. Son ellos quienes pueden incrementar el uso de tecnologías, desarrollar nuevos servicios y llevar adelante negocios rurales más competitivos”.
A lo largo de la semana, el FIDA firmó tres importantes acuerdos:
  • Con la Asociación Guatemalteca de Exportadores (AGEXPORT), para promover oportunidades de acceso a mercados para las y los pequeños productores de Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador;
  • Con el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), la ONG Visión Mundial y el Instituto Nacional de la Juventud (INJUVE) para apoyar a la juventud rural.
  • Con la ONG PRISMA y el Comité Nacional de Agricultura Familiar (CNAF) para fortalecer la soberanía y seguridad alimentaria.
Durante el evento se presentaron diversos estudios relacionados con la economía, el desarrollo rural y la política fiscal en la región centroamericana. Entre ellos, los estudios El desarrollo rural en cifras e Incidencia de la política fiscal en el ámbito rural de Centroamérica. El caso de El Salvador, elaborados por el ICEFI con el apoyo del FIDA.
Jonathan Menkos, director ejecutivo del instituto destacó que “El Salvador es uno de los países centroamericanos donde existe mayor inversión per cápita en desarrollo rural”. Sin embargo, como en la mayor parte de Centroamérica, su población rural continúa sufriendo “un inadecuado acceso a servicios y bienes básicos, lo que genera desigualdades en las tasas de bienestar, empleo e ingreso”. Políticas fiscales adecuadas pueden ayudar a cambiar esta realidad, logrando una distribución más equitativa de la renta.
Este hecho no se da en El Salvador, donde según Betty Pérez, representante del Consejo Coordinador Nacional Indígena Salvadoreño (CCNIS) , prima “una visión paternalista de las políticas sociales”.
Por su parte, la directora del Centro de Investigación y Estadísticas de FUSADES, Margarita de Sanfeliú, presentó el estudio Programas de Transferencias Monetarias y Desarrollo Rural: El Caso de El Salvador.
Como ven, la 1ª Semana FIDA en El Salvador estuvo repleta de acontecimientos. Fue un desafío apasionante organizarla. Pero, una vez que ha pasado, comienza un desafío todavía más apasionante: aprovechar toda la energía y el conocimiento que el evento generó para avanzar en la senda de una transformación rural inclusiva y sostenible en El Salvador.

WMO Co-Hosts COP21 Science Side Event

Posted by Ricci Symons Monday, January 11, 2016 0 comments

Article originally posted here

4 December 2015
“Climate change is an issue of survival,” declared H.E. Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, the keynote speaker at the United Nations System side event co-sponsored by WMO on “Science-based climate information – building on evidence to implement policies,” on 4 December at COP21.
Kiribati is one of the low-lying Pacific islands most at threat of rising sea levels. Even now, Kiribati is suffering more high tides, damage to homes and food crops and drinking water, and extreme weather. “Based on this experience and climate change projections, we are faced with very real possibility of our islands not being able to support our current population and life as we know it today,” President Tong told the side event.
Kiribati has reconciled itself to the “brutal reality” that the scale of resources necessary for adaptation will be insufficient and so that Kiribati was preparing for the worst.
“Relocation must be part of our adaptation strategy, adaptation beyond our borders,” said President Tong. The government is also trying to educate and train people to make them more competitive and mobile on the international market, he said.
He said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had provided ample evidence that “something is terribly wrong.” “And yet the world continues to oscillate and we continue to ignore what the science is telling us and what we are witnessing with our own lives,” he said.
The side event featured presentations from U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change H.E. John Kofi Agyekum Kufuor, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Hoesung Lee, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, UNESCO IOC Executive Secretary Vladimir Ryabinin, UNFCCC Director for Strategy Haldor Thorgeirsson, and Director of the Environment and Climate Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Margarita Astralaga.
“It’s a challenge to the entire planet and not even the most developed country is  exempt,” said Mr Kufuor, the former President of Ghana. “We need a very comprehensive global effort. Without science we wont make a dent so scientific information is crucial,” he said.
Hoesung Lee, who was recently elected IPCC chair, said ahead of the Sixth Assessment Report, the IPCC would seek to become more geographically balanced with a greater focus on developing country scientists and regional and local impacts.  He said there would also be greater attention, after COP21, to possible solutions for dealing with climate change.
The IPCC would improve the way it communicates to translate the complexity of science into language understood by everybody. “This does not mean dumbing down the language. Scientific accuracy and rigour will always be the hallmark of the IPCC,” he said.
“We are at a historic period of life on this planet. We as a human race are modifying life on the planet within the space of a couple of generations,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “Thanks to the science of the IPCC, we know what’s going on now but what will be the consequences in the future,” he said.
WMO would continue to inform negotiators at climate change negotiations of the science, he said. “Negotiators no longer have an excuse for not making decisions.”
Vladimir Ryabinin, of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, said the oceans played a crucial role in the climate and in socio-economic development. More than 90 percent of heat from greenhouse gases is absorbed by the oceans.
Sustained ocean observations and research are a must to inform policy making and adaptation, he said. “The ocean is not only the victim, but also part of the solution and must be part of the conversation,” he said.
Ms Margarita Astralaga provided concrete examples of “people-centre science” from IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme. The examples illustrated the roles and needs of local communities in climate-related policy making processes, including how smallholder farmers, when receiving climate information, can start to frame a local response to buffer climate impacts and engage more effectively with local planning processes.
 “Local communities need to have information, understand it and influence policy”, Ms. Astralaga said.

Diálogo de políticas para una nueva agenda de transformación rural

Posted by cortescarrasbal Wednesday, January 6, 2016 0 comments

Por M. Ignacia Fernández,
Directora Ejecutiva de RIMISP-Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural 

El pasado mes de noviembre, en el marco de la primera semana FIDA sobre Desarrollo Rural en El Salvador, un panel sobre la los Grupos de Dialogo Rural (GDRs) sirvió para reflexionar y hacer balance de esta iniciativa latinoamericana de diálogo sobre políticas públicas.

Los Grupos de Dialogo Rural (GDRs) fueron establecidos en cuatro países de América Latina - México, El Salvador, Colombia y Ecuador -, con el objetivo de promover y fomentar el diálogo sobre políticas públicas. Están conformados por un conjunto de personalidades influyentes de las organizaciones sociales, el mundo empresarial, la academia las organizaciones no gubernamentales y el gobierno, que ven en los procesos de diálogo una oportunidad de aunar fuerzas para promover la inclusión en una agenda pública -que a menudo las pasa por alto- de cuestiones relacionadas con el desarrollo rural que son de relevancia nacional.

La metodología de trabajo de los GDRs ha sido desarrollada por RIMISP-Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural junto con el Fondo Internacional para el Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA). Cada GDR definió una agenda prioritaria e identificó objetivos específicos de cambio en las políticas rurales, de acuerdo a las condiciones y prioridades de cada país. Los resultados de estos años de trabajo han sido ampliamente satisfactorios. Son varias las políticas y estrategias que benefician a los pobres rurales de la región que llevan el sello de los GDR: la Ley de Tierras y Desarrollo Rural en Colombia, la Estrategia de Desarrollo de la Franja Costero Marina en El Salvador o la Estrategia del Buen Vivir Rural en Ecuador, por mencionar solo algunas.


La experiencia de los GDR nos muestra que el diálogo bien guiado y contando con los actores sociales adecuados puede ser una poderosa herramienta de cambio para superar la pobreza rural. Como decimos en RIMISP, “la mejor política pública se hace dialogando”.

Aunque cada GDR tiene sus especificidades y está particularmente atento a las oportunidades que ofrece la agenda  política en cada país, existen ciertos elementos comunes de su metodología en los que creemos que radica su particular contribución a los procesos de cambio.

El más importante, es la formulación de propuestas de políticas públicas sólidamente basadas en la evidencia empírica que deriva de procesos complementarios de investigación y análisis. El segundo es la creación de grupos diversos, legitimados y autónomos respecto de los gobiernos de turno que desarrollan relaciones estratégicas con actores claves y se mantienen atentos a las oportunidades que ofrece un entorno cambiante.


A esto se suma otro elemento clave, consistente en una capacidad creciente y reconocida de comprender el desarrollo rural como un campo interdisciplinario, que requiere de políticas intersectoriales. Los GDR han sabido lidiar con gobiernos organizados en compartimentos bien definidos, apoyándolos en la resolución eficaz de asuntos que trascienden los límites de un único ministerio, secretaría o servicio público.

Cada vez son más las dimensiones del desarrollo rural que escapan al mandato legal,  la vocación y  las capacidades sectoriales de los ministerios de agricultura. Tal es el caso de la fuerte expansión de la infraestructura y de la cobertura de los servicios de educación y salud, o la preminencia de actividades económicas no agrícolas en las zonas rurales.


Los GDR apuntan justamente a la necesidad de proporcionar espacios de diálogo multidisciplinar e intersectorial que permitan y fomenten la discusión de temas relacionados con las políticas de desarrollo rural más allá del lugar que tradicionalmente las instituciones les han otorgado. Estos espacios permiten abordar de manera integral las problemáticas e intereses que convergen en torno a este tema, así como dar salida a propuestas concretas de políticas públicas que cuenten con un consenso social y respondan a intereses de beneficio colectivo.

Este es el tipo de resultados que presentaron los secretarios técnicos de los cuatro GDR en el panel en San Salvador en noviembre pasado. Todos ellos destacaron cómo la  participación del FIDA en estos grupos puede contribuir a escalar su capacidad de incidencia, abriendo conversaciones con nuevos actores, nuevas oportunidades y nuevos temas para la transformación rural. 


By Vivienne Likhanga

– Organised By PROCASUR, IFAD, TSLI-ESA - GLTN In Uganda (4-10 December 2015):

It is the morning of the 4 of December 2015 and we are excited to welcome the participants to the Learning Route! Finally we meet them after communicating with them for so long in readiness for the trip. Everything is ready now: Let’s start the journey!

First step is the presentation of the main topics by our technical coordinator, Ken Otieno, and an introductive panel discussion with Rebecca Apio, Uganda Land Association (ULA), Peter Kisambira, Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFF) and John Mwebe, a Land Issues-expert lawyer.

Then we jump on the bus and go. Destination: Kalangala islands, on Lake Victoria!

Here we meet our first hosts: the Vegetable Oil Development Project, in its second phase (VODP-II). On this enchanting island, so remote and isolated thus still wild, the project has established a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for the production of palm oil. The Learning Route participants gather with the main actors of the project at all levels (project directors and officers, the private company, the farmers and their association), receiving insights and sharing ideas, comments and points of view.Our hosts were proud to welcome our “Ruteros” and willing to exchange knowledge, answer questions and actively participating at the discussion.
 After two whole days on the island, our journey has to continue, bringing us to different shores.

A long bus drive brings us uphill, on the slopes of Mount Elgon: we reach Kapchorwa profoundly amazed by the landscape: mountains roads, green meadows, waterfalls and the Rift Valley below us! Here, we meet Kawacom Limited, the second Case Study of this Learning Route. Again, a full and intense visit takes us to the offices, the production site and smallholders’ farms, opening our eyes on how Inclusive Business Models can serve as tools for land security– in this case, through the production of organic coffee.

After each visit, our Ruteros are called for the Case Analysis Workshop. The first day, in fact, the practitioners have appointed themselves as “secretaries” of one of the two cases: they have therefore presented a critical analysis of the Lessons Learnt, Challenges and Recommendations for the way forward.

This activity is part of the PROCASUR methodology: the Learning Route is an active learning wherein practitioners receive inputs, giving also back suggestions and different points of view, in a dynamic atmosphere of knowledge exchange.

Day after day, our Ruteros are getting closer, having intense sessions and discussions – the two cases have given us so much food for thought! –but we have had so much fun and laughter as well.

Learning is a journey, this is our philosophy: on the way, we discover new places and habits, acquire knowledge, have new experiences and meet new people. PROCASUR mission is to make sure we don’t waste any opportunity the road offers to enrich ourselves!
  
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