SCALE Monthly Newsletter
July 19, 2022
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Welcome to SCALE’s latest newsletter!
This is our monthly update of events, resources, and ways to get involved with agriculture, natural resource management (NRM) and livelihoods-related activities within the USAID/BHA food security community. Thanks for reading, please feel free to share what you are working on, and let us know what you want to see more of!

Tell us about your best adaptation!
SCALE Creative Adaptation Award 2022

Due Friday, July 29th at 11:59pm US Eastern Time

Are you ahead of the curve? Finding local solutions to global issues, driving change, challenging business-as-usual approaches, or more—tell us!

We want to highlight actions that are being taken by partner organizations at the local level. Has your program made an innovation in how you work? Tell SCALE about your creative adaptation—let them help you spread the word!

In the last few years, the effects of accelerating climate events, the global pandemic, and the push for racial justice have disrupted the status quo and forced important changes in the way we all work. One valuable effect of these changes has been increasing attention on the power of partner organizations at the local level to drive program design, innovation, and implementation. SCALE is seeking examples from partner organizations at the local level about creative program innovations and adaptations they have spearheaded that address challenges in the sectors of agriculture, natural resource management (NRM), and/or off- and non-farm livelihoods.

Voting will open on August 2 and winners will be selected by a voting committee of donors and YOU! 

The winners of the Creative Adaptation Award will be featured in a Spotlight Webinar in mid-September and highlighted in the FSN newsletter.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM ET on Friday, July 29, 2022. 

Learn More and Apply

Webinar - Seed Systems in Conflict-Affected Areas:
A Context Analysis Tool

Wednesday, July 27, 2022
9 – 10am Eastern Time

Seed systems in fragile states differ from seed systems in more stable environments. They need to function amid fluid situations and absorb the effects of market disruptions, displacement and other conflict features while enabling access to a diversity of crops and varieties to support vulnerable populations. When effectively intervening in fragile states, donors, humanitarian agencies and other stakeholders must approach seed-related activities differently than they would in more stable environments. This requires assessing and understanding the context and functioning of the seed system before implementing context-appropriate interventions that, at a minimum, do no harm and, where possible, contribute to peacebuilding initiatives.

Through an ISSD Africa collaboration, Mercy Corps together with SeedSystem have developed a Context Analysis Tool (CAT) to help implementers working in conflict-affected areas of fragile states quickly grasp the environment and circumstances in which seed systems function, and then identify practical entry points for selecting and designing seed interventions, all while ensuring that farming community members’ needs drive the seed system strengthening, recovery, and development process. 

The CAT uses a stepwise approach to first characterize conflicts as they relate to agriculture and seed systems; outlines the methodology for assessing context-specific scenarios in support of seed system functionality; and then, explore practical programming considerations for seed-related interventions, including whether seed system strengthening can be linked with peacebuilding processes. The CAT also  includes specific field-tested tools for conflict analysis and seed security assessment.

Join us on July 27th for the official launch of the Context Analysis Tool (CAT) and learn more about how it can be used to design effective interventions that support and develop seed systems. 

Full speaker list forthcoming. French interpretation will be available.

Register here

Upcoming Report!
Impact Assessment of the Hill Approach

Data collection has concluded for the SCALE-funded impact assessment of the Hill Approach, a resilient agriculture approach implemented by the Food Security Program (FSP)-Enyanya Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). SCALE’s agroecology researcher traveled to South Kivu in Q2Y5 to conduct focus group discussions with Hill Approach participants; compile data from the FSP team and its partners and make site observations. The full report will be finalized and disseminated in Q3Y5 and will focus on key successes and limitations of the approach, as well as recommendations for improving its efficacy, sustainability, and applicability. Stay tuned for the final results!

Webinar Recap 
Organizing for HDP Coherence: Country Teams’ Perspectives

This dynamic dialogue explored and offered practical approaches to building HDP coherence at the project and country levels. Participants joined the dialogue and shared their own experiences in organizing for HDP coherence. 

View the slides and recording here.

Resource Highlight 
Understanding the Change in Irrigation Behaviour

This study was carried out to understand the changes in farmer behavior after installing analog water meters on farms where investments have been made in water savings technology. The major finding was that water metering within a farm, that is, in individual zones, is also a water savings technology in its own right alongside drip irrigation technologies. Water accounting is therefore a promising tool to influence farmers' water use behavior and achieve a sustainable positive change in their attitude towards water.

Read the brief here.

SCALE Final Evaluation - Thank you!

Thank you to those who completed the final evaluation survey sent over the last few weeks. SCALE will share the results from that survey and larger findings from the evaluation in the coming months. Stay tuned!

SCALE is an initiative funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) to enhance the impact, sustainability, and scalability of BHA-funded agriculture, natural resource management, and alternative livelihood activities in emergency and non-emergency contexts. SCALE is implemented by Mercy Corps in collaboration with Save the Children. 
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