CARD/LUANAR SHORT COURSE- Building Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security


Short Course:

BUILDING RESILIENCE

FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY

 

THE CONTEXT

Food insecurity remains one of the key development challenges that Malawi faces. Erratic rainfalls in the context of rain-fed agriculture, poor soils and rising costs of agricultural inputs are among the key causes of chronic food insecurity in many parts of the country. The delivery of Malawi’s largest humanitarian response in 2016/17 consumption year has prompted reflection by government and its development practitioners on the need for policy shifts and new techniques that strengthen household resilience to shocks and promote livelihood security of its population.

 

To address the chronic food insecurity brought about by climate variability in the context of small holder rain-fed agriculture, the Malawi Government has developed The National Resilience Plan. The goal of the National Resilience Plan is a country free of chronic vulnerability, food and nutrition insecurity, where sustainable economic development creates opportunities for everyone, and where people are resilient to economic and environmental shocks that affect their lives and livelihoods.

 

At the global level, “Resilience” is now a central focus of investments to increase wellbeing at multiple levels –regional, city, community, household, and individual – and across sectors including urban planning, climate change, food security, and disaster risk reduction. The concept of resilience has captured the interest of donors, policymakers and implementers who work to address problems of food security, poverty and a broader set of welfare outcomes.

 

 
 

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Knowledge Innovation Excellence

 

VENUE:          CARD, LUANAR, Lilongwe, Malawi

 

DATES:           24 – 28 September, 2018

 

The past decade has seen the growth and adoption of resilience as a central focus of investments to strengthen the ability of people to survive and even thrive in the face of shocks and stresses. Yet, the availability of robust and verifiable evidence of how these interventions impact the lives of people, particularly the poor and vulnerable remains scarce.

 

This one-week course organized by the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD) of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) aims at strengthening the capacity of development practitioners working in the field of resilience for food and nutrition security. It will enable the participants to understand what factors contribute to resilience, under what contexts, and for what types of shocks. The course fill gaps in evidence, methods, and skills in order to guide design, implementation, and scaling of resilience investments that are highly effective.

 

COURSE GOAL

The goal of the course is to strengthen the knowledge and evidence base for resilience, and to build the skills to close the gap between resilience measurement in theory and in practice. The course will provide a platform for development practitioners to share their knowledge and lessons in measuring resilience thereby strengthening the evidence base for resilience investments in Malawi and the southern African region. The training course will answer two key questions on resilience: (i) What Works? (ii) How Do We Know?

 

TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is offered to professionals working in the field of food and nutrition security. It is relevant for donors, government staff, programmes managers, M&E specialists, field officers, DRR officers, academicians, students and all development practitioners who work to reduce food insecurity, hunger and poverty by promoting sustainable livelihoods.

 

COURSE DELIVERY

The basic learning materials consist of PowerPoint presentations, case studies, group exercises and group discussions. The course will facilitate information sharing and learning among the participants. Computer-based practical exercises using Stata and SPSS will be included.

 

COURSE MODULES

  • INTRODUCTION TO RESILIENCE AND THE MALAWI NATIONAL RESILIENCE AGENDA
                                • Definitions of Resilience
                                • Resilience Concepts and Approaches
        • Major Resilience Frameworks and their Applications
        • The Malawi National Resilience Plan.

 

  • RESILIENCE MEASUREMENT FOR FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY
        • Quantitative Analyses for Resilience Measurement
        • Resilience Measurement Causal Frameworks.
        • Resilience Pathways

 

  • COMMON INDICATORS USED IN RESILIENCE PROGRAMMING IN THE CONTEXT OF FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY
        • Key Indicators Used in Resilience Programming (Coping Strategy Index; Food Consumption Score; Household Dietary Diversity Score; Minimum Acceptable Diets; Individual Dietary Diversity for Women and Children, etc.)
        • Calculation of Each Indicator using STATA and SPSS.

 

  • RESILIENCE AND DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT
        • Building Climate Resilience through Disaster Risk Reduction;
        • Resilience to Flooding as a Shock
        • Resilience to Drought and Prolonged Dry Spells
        • Use of Climate Information Services to Enhance Resilience for Food and Nutrition Security.

 

  • APPROACHES AND PRACTICES FOR BUILDING RESILIENT LIVELIHOODS
        • Productive Asset Building, Nutrition and Livelihoods
        • How to Undertake Resilience-oriented Programming
        • Addressing Gender in Resilience Programming

 

  • PROMOTING RESILIENCE IN HUMANITARIAN PROGRAMMING
        • Bridging Humanitarian and Development – The Development-Humanitarian Nexus.
        • Resilience Programming in Practice
        • How to Undertake Resilience Impact Assessments in Humanitarian Programmes.

 

 

 

PROFILE OF LEAD FACILITATOR

 

DR. DONALD MAKOKA

Lead Facilitator and Course Coordinator

 

Dr. Makoka is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Agricultural Research and Development (CARD), based at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi. He holds a PhD in Development Economics from the University of Hannover (Germany), an MA (Economics) and BSoc.Sc. (Economics) from the University of Malawi. He has undertaken numerous research studies in the field of resilience in Malawi. His PhD studies were in the field of vulnerability, shocks, and risk management in rural Malawi.

 

Since 2012 Dr. Makoka is the Malawi Team Leader and Malawi Focal Point Person for the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in the Southern Africa Resilience Innovation Lab (SARILab) housed at the University of Pretoria. RAN is a partnership of 18 African universities, led by Makerere University. Between 2015 and 2016, Dr. Makoka was the M&E Lead at LUANAR for UNDP Malawi Resilience Innovation Lab.

 

 

Dr. Makoka is a Member of Resilience Measurement Evidence and Learning Community of Practice, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Windward Fund.

 

He has also previously worked for the Centre for Development Research of the University of Bonn in Germany and for the World Bank in Washington, DC.

 

Course Fee: MWK 400,000 to cover course material, refreshments, lunches and facilitation fee. (Accommodation is not included)

 

Dateline of application: 20th September, 2018.

 

Accommodation is available at CARD’s APATU. Request for an accommodation quote using the contacts below.

 

Request and Submit Completed Registration Form to: Ms. Mary Ngwira, CARD, P.O. Box 219, Lilongwe, Malawi. Email: card@luanar.ac.mw ; +265-888-355-820.

For More Information, Contact: Dr. Donald Makoka (dmakoka@luanar.ac.mw ); +265-888-930-830

 
 

 

 

 

Participants will be issued with a LUANAR-branded Certificate of Participation at the End of the Course

 

 

 


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Billy D.

16th of August, 2018 8:43:52 am


Location: Lilongwe

Employment Type: Training Programme

Salary: N/A

Job deadline: 20th September, 2018

Company: CARD/LUANAR

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