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About the Award

Has your program made a COVID-19-related innovation in agriculture, NRM, or alternative livelihoods? Tell SCALE about your creative adaptation for a chance to document your learning and spread the word!

As communities around the globe face unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, humanitarians have rapidly adjusted the ways in which they deliver critical aid and programming. SCALE is seeking creative program innovations and adaptations resulting from COVID-19-related constraints and challenges in the sectors of agriculture, natural resource management (NRM), and alternative livelihoods. Submissions are welcome from partners implementing USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded emergency and development activities, as well as those working on other donor-funded programs that have relevance to the food security implementing community. 

Examples may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Adoption of new digital technologies, apps, or social media to deliver remote technical trainings, or support
  • Adjustments to group gatherings, such as savings groups, farmer groups, producer organizations, to adhere to social distancing requirements
  • Innovative strategies for remote monitoring
  • Development of new community partnerships, with local leaders or locally-led organizations
  • Strategies to link producers and consumers when markets are closed
  • New business strategies to address disruptions in supply chains 
  • Integrating COVID-related health messaging in any of the above sectoral programming

How to Apply

Complete this survey with the following information:

  • Your name, title, program title, donor, and program location
  • Description of the specific COVID-19 restraint your adaptation and innovation is responding to and which sector your innovation is addressing (agriculture, NRM, and/or alternative livelihoods)
  • Description of your program adaptation or innovation, including any recent metrics or data 
  • Why this adaptation is creative, what you’ve learned from shifting your approach, and any impact it will have on the way you implement activities over the longer term. For instance, when COVID-related restrictions lift in the future, will you keep any aspect of your adapted approach?

Alternatively, you are also welcome to record a 2-3 minute video on your phone or computer including all of the information above. Please send the video as an MP4 file to scale@mercycorps.org with “Creative Adaptation Award” in the subject line. Note: video submissions not sent in MP4 format will not be accepted.

Prize Details

The winner of the Creative Adaptation Award will be selected by the SCALE Technical Committee in September. They will have their winning approach documented in a technical brief and will be featured in a SCALE-produced professional video alongside several of the strongest submissions, which will be circulated widely to thousands of members of the Food Security and Nutrition (FSN) Network and the wider food security community.   

Deadline and Timeline

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis from now until 5:00 PM ET on August 31, 2020.

Phase 1  | July 29 - August 31, 2020: Open submission process. Programs are welcome to submit more than one innovation.

Phase 2 | September 2020: The top submissions will be interviewed on video and recorded via Zoom by a member of the SCALE team and will be featured on the FSN page and newsletter. 

Phase 3 | October - November 2020: Creative Adaptation Award winner, selected by the SCALE Technical Committee, will be announced. SCALE Creative Adaptation Award video and brief released. 

If you have any questions or would like additional guidance, please reach out to scale@mercycorps.org


About SCALE

The SCALE Award is a USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)-funded capacity strengthening, applied research, and knowledge sharing initiative. Implemented by Mercy Corps in collaboration with Save the Children, SCALE works to strengthen the impact, sustainability, and scalability of BHA-funded agriculture, natural resource management, and off-farm livelihood activities in both emergency and development contexts