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Improving good agricultural practices


Putting People First: The Impact of Participatory Monitoring & Evaluation on Sustainable Development in Uganda

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) is a central component of development projects, but it often works "extractively", meaning extracting the data from farmers in the field for complex internal analysis, reporting and interpretation at the office. The advantage is that it works fast and efficiently for the management and donors but without really including the perspectives of those who provide the data and could interpret it best.In contrast, Participatory M&E integrates participatory components to ensure that M&E processes are more inclusive, reflect local needs and realities, and allow all involved stakeholders to learn from the evidence. Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) ...

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Coffee Farmers Indonesia


More than Coffee: Working Towards Diversified Farming Systems

In the fertile expanse of OKU Selatan, nestled within the lush landscapes of South Sumatra, Indonesia, coffee cultivation stands as the backbone of local agriculture. The partnership between The J.M. Smucker Company and Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung (HRNS) since 2016 has been instrumental in empowering local farmers. Roughly 16,000 families have benefited from this collaboration, gaining access to valuable knowledge and resources aimed at fostering sustainable agricultural practices that enhance productivity and safeguard the environment. ...

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