FSN Network Updates
Integrated FFPMIS PREP Training for Current FFP Awardees
RUSF/RUTF Stakeholder Meeting
Food Security Discussion: Promising Practices by PVOs that Contributed to a Reduction in Child Stunting
Please join us in December to discuss promising practices identified from final evaluation reports of Food for Peace-funded development assistance projects for further dialogue. The December 5th discussion will focus on maternal and child health and nutrition, and the December 6th discussion will focus on agriculture and natural resource management. Morning sessions will include a review of the promising practices, and afternoon sessions will examine key findings and recommendations from the FAFSA-2 report. View more information and RSVP here.
Web Event: Integrating Gender and Social and Behavioral Change into Ag-Nutrition Programs
Tuesday, December 10, 9:00AM (EST); 2:00PM (GMT); 5:00PM (EAT)
Registration Extended for FFPMIS Training for New Users
The Office of Food for Peace will be offering Food for Peace Management Information System (FFPMIS) training sessions for new FFPMIS users on December 6th and 18th. The trainings are specifically designed for users with no prior FFPMIS experience and will cover creating and submitting emergency and development applications in FFPMIS. There will be two separate sessions, each covering the same material: December 6th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and December 18th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Current FFPMIS users who would like a refresher on how to create and submit emergency and development applications may be considered for the course, depending on space availability. If you would like to register for training, please return this form to Nacasi Green at email@example.com. All trainings will take place at the Washington Learning Center at 2231 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA. Additional logistical information will be provided in the registration confirmation. Please contact Nacasi Green with any training-related questions.
TOPS Small Grants Program: Cycle II RFA Released
TOPS announces the release of the Cycle II RFA under its Program Improvement Awards (PIA) category in the TOPS Small Grants Program. Beginning June 2013, TOPS is planning to increase the number of PIA grants available and has changed the concept paper review schedule to a more open-ended procedure to provide greater access to applicants and for an increased flexibility in receiving and reviewing concept papers from implementing organizations. PIA concept papers are accepted any time and will be reviewed on a periodic basis, four times per year. The RFA contains the new submission calendar.TOPS PIA grants are issued for a one year period for a maximum of $100,000. For more information and guidance visit our TOPS Small Grants Program page.
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
Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 - 13:00Save the Children, 2000 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington DC
Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 - 14:00Plan International USA, 1255 23rd Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037
Monday, 13 January, 2014 (All day)Kigali, Rwanda