For agricultural research to have development impact, farmers should be involved in the process as co-researchers. A new study shows that when farmers are in-charge of innovation and research, it can lead to lasting change on many levels.
The Climate Smart Farm Project tested a range of possible adaptations to climate variability and change in southwest Bangladesh. One such adaptation is a cyclone and flooding resistant home designed to reduce the loss of food and income in a storm's aftermath - stopping a natural hazard from becoming a natural disaster.
Women fish retailers in Egypt are often forced to pay unofficial fees for their roadside market stalls. Exposure to the elements affects the women’s health and causes their produce to spoil, limiting their income. An interactive theatre project has helped boost the confidence and ability of these women to lobby their local government for retail licenses to protect their safety and rights as workers.
A new report by WorldFish and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies proves conclusively that growth in aquaculture has led to greater fish consumption among the poorest consumers in Bangladesh.
Villagers around Lake Victoria face declining resources. Increasing competition over fish resources has the potential to immobilize the fisheries management process. A WorldFish led dialogue process called "Collaborating for Resilience" helped spur community-led actions linking public health, sanitation and environmental conservation - and how that social innovation is spreading. Find out more at http://coresilience.org