FSN Network Updates

August 21 - September 5, 2014

As a step in the consultative process around the revision and updating of the Food for Peace (FFP) Strategic Plan, Susan Bradley of FFP posed nine discussion questions to representatives of implementing organizations at the TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting in July 2014.

The TOPS Program has posted these questions to the online discussion forum of the FSN Network Portal in an effort to open up the conversation to all implementers of FFP-funded projects:

We invite you to browse through the questions below and share your thoughts with FFP through the FSN Network Portal by Friday, September 5. View the full set of questions in the Food for Peace Strategy Update online discussion forum here

The draft Food for Peace Budget Matrix, similar to the matrix included in FFPIB 12-03, is available for your review and comment. FFP would greatly appreciate receiving consolidated comments on the Food for Peace Budget Matrix from the representative groups of the FACG.  

The comment period will last for 45 days from the date materials are released. Therefore, comments are due no later than noon on Monday, September 29.  However, please do not wait until the last day to submit comments and inquiries.  Comments should be submitted to facg@amexdc2.com.

The final Food for Peace Information Bulletin (FFPIB) 14-01, Eligible Uses of Section 202(e), ITSH, Community Development Funding, and Monetization is now available on the Food for Peace website.

This document is an update to FFPIB 12-03 and reflects changes in authority made by the Agricultural Act of 2014.  

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is seeking your comments on the guidance on Annual Results Report (ARR).

For FY 2014 results reporting, FFP has revised the ARR guidance to improve the overall quality and consistency of information across projects and facilitate private voluntary organization (PVO) awardees’ annual reporting on project performance and lessons learned. The revised ARR includes an analytical narrative results report, lessons learned, success stories, and standardized annual project questionnaire (SAPQ).  To improve user experience in annual performance data entry and reduce data entry errors, FFP has made significant improvements to the ARR and SAPQ modules in the Food for Peace Management Information System (FFPMIS).

USAID reserves the right to revise this draft based on comments received and/or further internal review, prior to issuance of the final ARR Guidance for FY 2014 results reporting.

Please provide any comments and suggestions on this draft ARR guidance in writing to FACG@amexdc2.com by 11:59am on September 17, 2014.

TANGO International is leading a study on behalf of the CGIAR research program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH), led by IFPRI, to identify the best ways to conduct, present and disseminate research and evaluation results on integrated agriculture-nutrition programming. The goal is to make research and evaluation results relevant and readily “actionable” for your organization at the field level.

TANGO would like to hear about your experiences with agriculture and nutrition research. Please click here to take a short survey.

At FFP’s request, FANTA is collecting examples of tools to collect FFP annual monitoring indicators. Does your program or organization have high quality tools that could be used to collect any of the indicators on this list? Would you be willing to share them with FANTA? FANTA will then make them available to Title II partners for possible use or adoption in their programs. Both Title II and non-Title II programs and partners are encouraged to respond.

If you are willing to share your tools, please submit them to Sujata Bose at sbose@fhi360.org. For each tool, please indicate the indicator(s) it can be used to collect. Tools that collect multiple indicators are welcome. 

The webinar recording and presentation by Theresa Hwang, Gender Director with CARE USA, and Maureen Miruka, Pathways Team Leader with CARE USA entitled Engaging Men and Boys in Food and Nutrition Security: The Hidden Half of Gender Equality Programming, are now available on the SPRING website. A written summary of the entire event will be shared by email next week.

The TOPS/FSN Network Knowledge Sharing Meeting on July 10 - 11, 2014 brought together over 200 practitioners and donors to learn about new tools and practices, gain skills for building stronger, more resilient food security programming, and discuss how to incorporate knowledge management into your everyday work.

All session materials, including presentations, handouts, and videos of the keynote and plenary sessions, are now available here.

Upcoming events

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 10:00
Blantyre, Malawi

Please join PCI for a TOPS funded, 3-day, practitioner-driven workshop to share promising practices and models related to sustainability. This  workshop is designed to help international development practitioners (especially food and nutrition security related programming) enhance the sustainability of their programs’ impact through practical guidance and tools that could be applied to existing program and management processes.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 13:00
Save the Children, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC
  • A brief overview on two indicators related to diet diversity – the Minimum Adequate Diet for infants and young children ages 6 to 23 months, and the Household Dietary Diversity:  How these indicators were developed, validated and consensus reached: what these indicators can and cannot measure, etc.
  • Small group discussion as to the relation of these indicators to nutrition-sensitive activities... More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 09:00
USAID Washington Learning Center, 2231 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA

The Office of Food for Peace will be offering an ARR/SAPQ training session for PVO  partners on September 17-18. This two-day training will cover submission of quality Annual Results Reports (ARRs) and Standardized Annual Performance Questionnaires (SAPQs) into the Food for Peace Management Information System (FFPMIS).

To register, please click  here

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