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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
16th of August, 2018 8:43:52 am
Employment Type: Training Programme
Job deadline: 20th September, 2018
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