FSN Network Updates
USAID Research Policy Draft for Consultation
The Office of Science and Technology at USAID is leading an Agency-wide effort to develop a research policy. After several months of working with a team of over 30 experts in science and technology from across the Agency including experts in implementation and the social sciences, and receiving internal feedback from across the Agency, USAID is now ready to incorporate additional suggestions and feedback from implementing partners. Click here to learn more.
Monitoring Environmental Safeguards for Development Food Assistance Programs
A discussion of the FSN Network online community looks at ways that food security and nutrition implementers have monitored environmental safeguards for their food assistance programs. Participants are sharing helpful tools and activities for monitoring the safeguards as well as the successes and challenges that they have faced. This is the last of three online discussions on the FSN Network Online Portal to foster conversation around methods for "greening" development food assistance programs. The TOPS Program will be pulling together the comments of participants of the online discussions and sharing them with the USAID/DCHA Bureau Environmental Officer.
RSVP: Commodity Tracking System Demonstrations and Consultation
REVISED: FY 2014 Request for Applications for Title II Development Food Assistance Programs
USAID released the final Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) Request for Applications (RFA) for Title II Development Food Assistance Programs in Burundi, Madagascar and Malawi. The documents for FY 2014 include the RFA itself along with country-specific information for the three countries indicated (i.e., Burundi, Madagascar and Malawi).Click here to download the documents. Updates to the RFA are highlighted in yellow.
Watch Land O'Lakes Gender Presentation
On Wednesday, December 11, FSN Network hosted an event with Giselle Aris of Land O'Lakes International Development to discuss a new Land O'Lakes tool to integrate gender throughout the program cycle. View a recording of the event here, and download the tool here. The discussion will continue in 2014, so stay tuned for more information.
Behavior Bank Now Available on FSN Network
The Food Security and Nutrition Network Behavior Bank is now online. The bank features results from Barrier Analysis and Doer/NonDoer Studies conducted by food security and other practitioners globally. (click here for a description of Barrier Analysis and resource links.) You can browse the database by country, region, and behavior studied to look for results for a particular area/behavior, or to look for patterns of barriers and enablers for a particular behavior or set of behaviors. We welcome submissions of new studies from the community of practice. Add your own study to the Behavior Bank. Guidance on how to add your study is provided. As people add studies, we hope to map out determinants for key behaviors across countries and regions and learn from those patterns.
TOPS Micro Grants Revised and Enlarged
TOPS announces that it has revised and enlarged its Micro Grant small grant program to encourage greater flexibility in strengthening capacity for effective programming, which the Micro Grants are intended to support. TOPS has raised the ceiling from the original $20,000 maximum award to $50,000. The intent of the Micro Grant program is still to encourage innovative capacity strengthening activities for partners and TOPS would encourage applicants to base their training budgets at around the original funding level. Additional funding would be available for assessment and documentation of promising practices, to contribute to gathering the evidence base for effective programming and future capacity building. To access the RFA document for description of the program and for instructions on applying, click here.
TOPS and FSN Network Meeting Resources
TOPS and the FSN Network hold a variety of capacity strengthening and knowledge sharing events in both the United States and overseas. They provide peer learning opportunities as community members bring their technical experience and individual perspectives to bear on issues relevant to food security and nutrition implementation. To view past events and resources from those events, click here.
Designing Participatory Meetings and Brownbags: A TOPS Quick Guide to Linking Development Practitioners
Monday, 10 March, 2014 (All day)Accra, Ghana
Friday, 14 March, 2014 (All day)New Haven, CT
Monday, 17 March, 2014 (All day)Washington, DC