FSN Network Updates

FY 2014 International Food Relief Partnership (IFRP) Request for Applications (RFA)

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 International Food Relief Partnership (IFRP) Request for Applications (RFA) is now available. Please note that the RFA has a submission date for all IFRP grant applications of 12:00 PM EDT on April 23, 2014. Click here for more information and to view the RFA.


Draft FY 2014 Request for Applications for Title II Development Food Assistance Programs in Nepal

USAID has released a Fiscal Year 2014 (FY 2014) Draft Request for Applications (RFA) for Title II Development Food Assistance Programs in Nepal. This draft is being sent out for 45 days to reflect recent changes to FFP authorities as outlined in the Agricultural Act of 2014. The FY 2014 Draft Development Food Assistance Programs comments are due on Friday, May 9th by 11:59 AM EDT. Learn more here.


Designing for Behavior Change in Agriculture Workshop

May 19 - 23, 2014
Maradi, Niger

TOPS is pleased to announce a Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) in Agriculture workshop in Maradi, Niger. The workshop will respond to community development project managers' and planners' need for a practical behavioral framework that aids them in planning their agriculture projects strategically for maximum effectiveness. The entire training will be conducted in French. There is no charge to attend this training, though participants or their organizations will need to cover their own travel, lodging and other costs. Space is limited to 25 people and attendance is by invitation only. If you are interested in receiving an invitation or would like to send a staff member to the training, please email Eric Carlberg at ecarlberg@dc.mercycorps.org with your name, organization, position, and experience with the DBC framework.


Provide Feedback on I-SMART Database

Please click here to complete a survey to provide feedback on the workshop and important next steps for the I-SMART database. The survey will take no more than 10 minutes.


Webinar Series on Women's Empowerment and Men's Engagement

TOPS and SPRING invite you to participate in a webinar series examining how a focus on gender can support improved nutrition through agriculture. The series begins with "Empowering Women in Agriculture: Maximizing Nutrition Gain." Click here for more information and to register.


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

The TOPS Commodity Management Team invites you to a meeting examining cutting-edge Commodity Tracking Systems (CTS) on March 17 - 18 in Arlington, VA. During the workshop, several PVOs implementing Title II programs on behalf of USAID's Office of Food for Peace will present their respective electronic commodity tracking systems. Participants will be able to familiarize themselves with the features and functionalities of the different systems. The presentations will be followed by a structured discussion on the pros and cons of standardizing such systems. Learn more and RSVP here.


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.


Upcoming Events

  • Monday, 14 April, 2014 - 13:00
    Save the Children, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC

    Judi Aubel, founder of The Grandmother Project, will give a presentation on: 

    The evidence on grandmothers’ influence on maternal and child nutrition practices: using an abundant and underutilized community resource to promote change in nutrition norms and practices.

    NOTE:  A light lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm

  • Monday, 5 May, 2014 (All day)
    Silver Spring, MD

    Join more than 200 global health practitioners from nearly 100 different organizations for skill building, networking and program learning at CORE Group's Spring 2014 Global Health Practitioner Conference this May.

  • Tuesday, 13 May, 2014 (All day)
    Abuja, Nigeria

    The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (including the Ministerial Segment) is on May 13 - 16, 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria and will be hosted by the ECOWAS Commission and the National Emergency Management Agency, Government of Nigeria.