Staying Smart in Agriculture

Staying Smart in Agriculture

The first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in this series are an attempt to convey how Nuru’s approach to rural livelihood development reaches farmers with knowledge, technology and opportunities that they demand and need. It requires intentional co-creation processes from design to impact and through to the continuous improvement of program activities using adaptive management techniques. We do this by:

●  Championing Behavior Change in Agriculture

●  Localizing Training and Extension Services

●  Driving Adaptive Programming with Data

●  Co-creating Inclusive Value Chains

These focus areas aim to build a local economy that can remain in balance as new and old shocks disrupt the lives and land of the people dependent on it for their livelihoods. Nuru country offices deliver a co-created service package to farmers that fills knowledge and resource gaps they have helped to identify. The services aim to integrate crops, forests and animals (Feed grasses, beans, maize, goat and sheep fattening, and dairy) in a way that is optimal for the human and carrying capacity of the landscape. This is a socio-economic, political, ethnic, and ecological landscape that is managed by the farmers and their formal farmer organizations.

Nuru’s goal is to ensure that communities have the tools to respond to a variety of rural shocks and maintain their core identity without the need for bad handouts that restrain creativity or debilitate collective action. To achieve and scale this goal to the remote, rural areas marginalized by traditional development initiatives Nuru welcomes comments, contributions and connections from present and future partners.

Thank you.

About Casey Harrison

Casey was born and raised on a farm in rural Maryland, and he has spent the past ten years working at the nexus of smallholder farming in Africa and natural resource management. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Luapula Province, Zambia (2009-11), he worked as an agricultural extension agent with the Linking Income, Food, and the Environment program. After Peace Corps, Casey received a dual M.A. in Natural Resource Management and International Affairs from American University in Washington D.C and the University for Peace in Costa Rica. From 2013 to 2016, he began working with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) on mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts of agricultural production and value chains with a focus on East and Southern Africa. In his free time, Casey enjoys traveling, backpacking, biking, and live music of all kinds.

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