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To address the root causes of vulnerability and to increase the productivity and market access of smallholder farmers, the Government of Zimbabwe requested China’s support. China’s experience on empowering small-holder farmers, post-harvest loss management and rural transformation are highly relevant for Zimbabwe. <br />
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Zimbabwe will be the first pilot country of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) China Centre of Excellence’s programme called “Demonstration in Africa by Africans”, which aims at extending China’s affordable and applicable agricultural technologies to aspirational lead smallholder farmers in Africa.<br />
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The “Demonstration in Africa by Africans” programme will focus on (1) developing local agricultural value chains; (2) applying emerging information technology; (3) sharing modern management techniques for agricultural business and markets, and (4) setting up short-cycled, effective and efficient agriculture businesses for smallholders based on local resources. <br />
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The “Demonstration in Africa by Africans” programme fosters the cross-country transfer of technological solutions and best practices for smallholder farmers through on-site trainings and experts deployment. <br />
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In the specific case of Zimbabwe, smallholder farmers receive on-site training in China and Chinese experts will then be deployed to Zimbabwe to support the practical application of China’s solutions on the ground.<br />
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For the complete overview of this solution, please click on the PDF-file at the bottom of the page.<br />
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China and Zimbabwe Partnership on Demonstration in Africa by Africans

To address the root causes of vulnerability and to increase the productivity and market access of smallholder farmers, the Government of Zimbabwe requested China’s support. China’s experience on empowering small-holder farmers, post-harvest loss management and rural transformation are highly relevant for Zimbabwe. <br />
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Zimbabwe will be the first pilot country of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) China Centre of Excellence’s programme called “Demonstration in Africa by Africans”, which aims at extending China’s affordable and applicable agricultural technologies to aspirational lead smallholder farmers in Africa.<br />
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The “Demonstration in Africa by Africans” programme will focus on (1) developing local agricultural value chains; (2) applying emerging information technology; (3) sharing modern management techniques for agricultural business and markets, and (4) setting up short-cycled, effective and efficient agriculture businesses for smallholders based on local resources. <br />
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The “Demonstration in Africa by Africans” programme fosters the cross-country transfer of technological solutions and best practices for smallholder farmers through on-site trainings and experts deployment. <br />
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In the specific case of Zimbabwe, smallholder farmers receive on-site training in China and Chinese experts will then be deployed to Zimbabwe to support the practical application of China’s solutions on the ground.<br />
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For the complete overview of this solution, please click on the PDF-file at the bottom of the page.<br />
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In 2014 the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched a programme in Uganda combining training & airtight storage to tackle high-levels of post-harvest loss caused by pests, diseases, poor handling, and ineffective storage. The major stakeholder of the initiative are small-scale farmers in all regions of Uganda, the private sector manufacturers and distributors of airtight storage, and increasingly, the Government of Uganda. <br />
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As a result, post-harvest loss was reduced from 40% to less than 2% among participating farmers. By the end of 2016, over 115,000 households chose to participate in training, then purchase airtight storage. <br />
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This effective, scalable, and replicable model continues to create demand from other frontier markets. In response, WFP has set up its Global Post Harvest Knowledge & Operations Centre (KNOC) in Uganda to facilitate South-South knowledge sharing and exchange. The Centre has already welcomed delegations from 18 countries for field visits that include meetings with participating farmers, sessions with Ugandan officials, training-of-trainers sessions, and knowledge sharing with hermetic silo manufacturers. Its activities are conducive to the South-South efforts of Uganda’s private sector to transfer innovative technology on silo management to other countries in the region (e.g. Zambia, Tanzania). Delegations include government officials, WFP implementing staff, and at times, metal artisans who bring back skills to their own countries. The next major convening in Kampala will be held in Q4 2017.<br />
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Innovation:<br />
This is a very innovative initiative due to the combination of several success factors:<br />
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• Value chain approach: eliminating post-harvest losses is not a technical problem – it is a supply chain challenge, and cannot be effectively addressed in isolation. <br />
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• Focus on scaling of proven technologies: good answers to one of the biggest food security challenges already exist – but have not been scaled. Private sector involvement at earliest stage, with clear profit incentives has been a key success driver.<br />
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• Partnership and collaboration with government, NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector. <br />
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• Capacity development of farmers: through one-day training workshops. <br />
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For the complete overview of this solution, please click on the PDF-file at the bottom of the page. <br />
Tackling Post Harvest Losses in Uganda through the WFP Zero Food Loss Initiative

In 2014 the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched a programme in Uganda combining training & airtight storage to tackle high-levels of post-harvest loss caused by pests, diseases, poor handling, and ineffective storage. The major stakeholder of the initiative are small-scale farmers in all regions of Uganda, the private sector manufacturers and distributors of airtight storage, and increasingly, the Government of Uganda. <br />
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As a result, post-harvest loss was reduced from 40% to less than 2% among participating farmers. By the end of 2016, over 115,000 households chose to participate in training, then purchase airtight storage. <br />
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This effective, scalable, and replicable model continues to create demand from other frontier markets. In response, WFP has set up its Global Post Harvest Knowledge & Operations Centre (KNOC) in Uganda to facilitate South-South knowledge sharing and exchange. The Centre has already welcomed delegations from 18 countries for field visits that include meetings with participating farmers, sessions with Ugandan officials, training-of-trainers sessions, and knowledge sharing with hermetic silo manufacturers. Its activities are conducive to the South-South efforts of Uganda’s private sector to transfer innovative technology on silo management to other countries in the region (e.g. Zambia, Tanzania). Delegations include government officials, WFP implementing staff, and at times, metal artisans who bring back skills to their own countries. The next major convening in Kampala will be held in Q4 2017.<br />
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Innovation:<br />
This is a very innovative initiative due to the combination of several success factors:<br />
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• Value chain approach: eliminating post-harvest losses is not a technical problem – it is a supply chain challenge, and cannot be effectively addressed in isolation. <br />
<br />
• Focus on scaling of proven technologies: good answers to one of the biggest food security challenges already exist – but have not been scaled. Private sector involvement at earliest stage, with clear profit incentives has been a key success driver.<br />
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• Partnership and collaboration with government, NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector. <br />
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• Capacity development of farmers: through one-day training workshops. <br />
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For the complete overview of this solution, please click on the PDF-file at the bottom of the page. <br />

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Kenya’s national home-grown school meals programme contributes to improving child health and nutrition by linking schools and local agricultural production. <br />
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Funds are transferred directly to schools, enabling them to purchase food from local suppliers and farmers. This allows to (1) increase local food production and promote small-scale farmers’ access to markets, while (2) improving school enrollment, attendance and completion. In 2016, the government-led home-grown school meals programme targeted 950,000 children in both arid and semi-arid counties. At the same time, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) continued to provide school meals for 430,000 children in the arid land areas and targeted schools in the informal settlements in Nairobi that are not yet covered by the home-grown school meals programme. To support the expansion of the programme, WFP also prepared schools in Nairobi, Tana River and parts of Turkana to transition to the home-grown model, involving another 152,000 children. <br />
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Kenya’s innovative home-grown school meals programme has long served as an inspiration to other developing countries, particularly “peers” in the region. For example, Namibia and Zambia, with the support from WFP as South-South Cooperation broker, engaged in a cross-regional peer learning initiative in 2016 on home-grown school meals programmes. <br />
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Apart from learning from Kenya’s model, the participating countries also used this opportunity for mutual exchange of experiences on how to monitor and evaluate national school meals programmes. For example Namibia presented its innovative “Namibian School Feeding Programme Information system” technology, which promotes immediate improvements in the management of the national school meals systems. <br />
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Beyond engaging in South-South Cooperation exchanges with peers in the region, Kenya also participated in a South-South study visit to Brazil. This trip informed the preparation of Kenya’s National School Meals and Nutrition Strategy, which will be launched in 2017. <br />
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The innovative features of the Kenya home-grown school meals program include: <br />
1) The current fresh foods pilot in Nairobi county is contributing to the global evidence base on the impact of using different modalities for diversifying school meals. One innovation tested in this pilot is the incorporation in school meals of commercially unacceptable fresh foods, which have been rejected by export markets due to their appearance. Kenya provides nearly 10% of the EU’s horticulture market, exporting over 115,000 metric tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables annually. Nearly 25% of these fruits and vegetables that are fit for human consumption are rejected for cosmetic reasons, which amounts to over 75 metric tonnes each day. <br />
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2) The separate “Transitional Cash Transfer to Schools” pilot in Kenya’s arid land areas provides new evidence that, with the right support, even schools in areas with limited production and relatively weaker markets can purchase food locally, and empower parents and teachers to manage their own quality school meals programmes. <br />
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For the complete overview of this solution, please click on the PDF-file at the bottom of the page. <br />
Kenya Home Grown School Meals Programme

Kenya’s national home-grown school meals programme contributes to improving child health and nutrition by linking schools and local agricultural production. <br />
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Funds are transferred directly to schools, enabling them to purchase food from local suppliers and farmers. This allows to (1) increase local food production and promote small-scale farmers’ access to markets, while (2) improving school enrollment, attendance and completion. In 2016, the government-led home-grown school meals programme targeted 950,000 children in both arid and semi-arid counties. At the same time, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) continued to provide school meals for 430,000 children in the arid land areas and targeted schools in the informal settlements in Nairobi that are not yet covered by the home-grown school meals programme. To support the expansion of the programme, WFP also prepared schools in Nairobi, Tana River and parts of Turkana to transition to the home-grown model, involving another 152,000 children. <br />
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Kenya’s innovative home-grown school meals programme has long served as an inspiration to other developing countries, particularly “peers” in the region. For example, Namibia and Zambia, with the support from WFP as South-South Cooperation broker, engaged in a cross-regional peer learning initiative in 2016 on home-grown school meals programmes. <br />
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Apart from learning from Kenya’s model, the participating countries also used this opportunity for mutual exchange of experiences on how to monitor and evaluate national school meals programmes. For example Namibia presented its innovative “Namibian School Feeding Programme Information system” technology, which promotes immediate improvements in the management of the national school meals systems. <br />
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Beyond engaging in South-South Cooperation exchanges with peers in the region, Kenya also participated in a South-South study visit to Brazil. This trip informed the preparation of Kenya’s National School Meals and Nutrition Strategy, which will be launched in 2017. <br />
<br />
The innovative features of the Kenya home-grown school meals program include: <br />
1) The current fresh foods pilot in Nairobi county is contributing to the global evidence base on the impact of using different modalities for diversifying school meals. One innovation tested in this pilot is the incorporation in school meals of commercially unacceptable fresh foods, which have been rejected by export markets due to their appearance. Kenya provides nearly 10% of the EU’s horticulture market, exporting over 115,000 metric tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables annually. Nearly 25% of these fruits and vegetables that are fit for human consumption are rejected for cosmetic reasons, which amounts to over 75 metric tonnes each day. <br />
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2) The separate “Transitional Cash Transfer to Schools” pilot in Kenya’s arid land areas provides new evidence that, with the right support, even schools in areas with limited production and relatively weaker markets can purchase food locally, and empower parents and teachers to manage their own quality school meals programmes. <br />
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For the complete overview of this solution, please click on the PDF-file at the bottom of the page. <br />

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China, Malawi and UNDP collaborated on a project to strengthen disaster management and risk reduction for poor and vulnerable communities in Malawi. In particular, the project focused on Malawi’s 15 identified disaster-prone districts, specifically to reduce social, environmental and economic losses resulting from natural disasters and especially flooding.
The China-Malawi-UNDP Cooperation Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Project

China, Malawi and UNDP collaborated on a project to strengthen disaster management and risk reduction for poor and vulnerable communities in Malawi. In particular, the project focused on Malawi’s 15 identified disaster-prone districts, specifically to reduce social, environmental and economic losses resulting from natural disasters and especially flooding.

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UNDP together with governments of China, Ghana and Zambia, the private sector and research institutions from China conducted a triangular cooperation project aimed at electrification of rural communities through the creation of an enabling environment to scale-up renewable energy.
Electrification of Rural Communities in Ghana and Zambia

UNDP together with governments of China, Ghana and Zambia, the private sector and research institutions from China conducted a triangular cooperation project aimed at electrification of rural communities through the creation of an enabling environment to scale-up renewable energy.

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In order to address climate change, the UN Secretariat (EOSG) and UNDP China jointly spearheaded an initiative that identifies innovative approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation through the establishment of a platform for the Alliance of Climate-Friendly Communities through South-South cooperation. The main purpose of the Southern Alliance of Climate Friendly Communities is to bring together potential south-south cooperation partners such that they can share and learn good development practice approaches.
A Platform for the Alliance of Climate-Friendly Communities through South-South Cooperation

In order to address climate change, the UN Secretariat (EOSG) and UNDP China jointly spearheaded an initiative that identifies innovative approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation through the establishment of a platform for the Alliance of Climate-Friendly Communities through South-South cooperation. The main purpose of the Southern Alliance of Climate Friendly Communities is to bring together potential south-south cooperation partners such that they can share and learn good development practice approaches.

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To minimise the impact of climate change, Sierra Leone conducted the national wide programme for sustainable management and protection of forest reserve and catchment areas including, mangrove coastal and inland wetlands.
Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building for Environmental Protection and Management

To minimise the impact of climate change, Sierra Leone conducted the national wide programme for sustainable management and protection of forest reserve and catchment areas including, mangrove coastal and inland wetlands.

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The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy unites 10,000 to 15,000 people in a cluster of villages to create an “epicenter”, a dynamic center where communities are mobilized for action to meet their needs. The Epicenter strategy takes local communities on a path to sustainable self-reliance. In this project, individuals build the confidence to become leaders of their own development, and communities come together to unlock a local capacity for change.
Epicenter Strategy - Empowering Rural Communities to Establish Comprehensive Basic Services for all SDGs

The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy unites 10,000 to 15,000 people in a cluster of villages to create an “epicenter”, a dynamic center where communities are mobilized for action to meet their needs. The Epicenter strategy takes local communities on a path to sustainable self-reliance. In this project, individuals build the confidence to become leaders of their own development, and communities come together to unlock a local capacity for change.

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