SCALE Monthly Newsletter
Nov. 30, 2022
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SCALE In Review

As many of you know, the SCALE Award is coming to a close today. Over the last five years, the SCALE team has had the immense pleasure of working alongside and learning with so many of you. From Chiefs of Party to technical team leads, USAID partners, government representatives, local organizations and fellow Associate Award members, your insights and contributions have been an indelible part of our support to the wider food security community.

In this final newsletter, the SCALE team is proud to share a summary of resources, tools and learnings captured over the lifetime of the award. These resources represent not only SCALE’s efforts, but the efforts of all of you. We thank you for your willingness to collaborate, to challenge assumptions and to continually deepen our collective knowledge in the pursuit of better serving the communities with which we work.

New: SCALE Resource Guide

Are you interested in learning more about agriculture, natural resource management, and livelihoods in food security projects? This guide includes descriptions of and links to a suite of training materials, technical resources, research, learning documents, and webinars that were produced by the SCALE Award between 2018-2022. You’ll find links to resources on topics including resilient agriculture, livelihoods and markets, social and behavior change, adult learning, seeds, and climate resilience.
Click here to view the full Resource Guide.

SCALE Thematic Landing Pages

Over the past five years SCALE developed and adapted a suite of learning materials, technical tools, capacity strengthening resources, and research studies to support the implementation of resilient agriculture, seed systems, markets and livelihoods, and social and behavior change approaches from the initial design phase through to capturing impacts and lessons learned. The materials outlined in the resource guide above are also available to peruse online on the SCALE FSN website, organized by the following themes:

Resilient Agriculture

Around the globe, smallholder farmers and rural communities are struggling to maintain production and incomes in the face of interrelated shocks and stresses such as climate change, drought, conflict, land degradation, and erosion. Resilient agriculture approaches support farmers to address these challenges and build more adaptive and productive farming systems by working with surrounding natural systems to improve soil health and water management. 

Click here to view SCALE's resource library of resilient agriculture-related materials.

Seed Systems

Seed aid is on the rise around the globe, in both emergency and non-emergency contexts. But what informs implementers’ decisions when selecting context-appropriate seed responses? How can seed aid be more effective, premised on farmers’ preferences and needs while supporting market systems? 

Click here to view SCALE's resource library of seed systems-related materials.

Markets and Livelihoods

Given the multiple overlapping crises that many countries are facing, aid practitioners need to be prepared to adapt their market and livelihoods programming to move beyond standard models.

Click here to view SCALE's resource library of markets and livelihoods-related materials. 

These resources can support markets and livelihoods programming related to youth, employment, emergencies, and access to finance.

Make Me a Change Agent

The Make Me a Change Agent training is designed for community-level workers who work on agriculture, livelihoods, and WASH-related activities and who engage with communities on behavior change and adoption of new techniques and practices. The resources aim to help community-level workers strengthen fundamental skills and techniques around communication, negotiation, and facilitation. Although these resources are targeted at supporting the successful and sustainable implementation of agriculture, livelihoods, and WASH activities, the skills can help staff and volunteers in any sector become more effective as an agent of behavior change.

Click here to view SCALE's resource library of Make Me a Change Agent-related materials.

Farewell for now!

Stay tuned for updates on SCALE's anticipated new phase of activities launching next year. In the meantime, thank you again for your valuable collaboration and partnership over the past ​five years,​and do not hesitate to contact our team as needed at
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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