Agriculture and Food Security

Among children under five years of age in the developing world, nearly one-quarter are underweight (127 million) and one-third are stunted (195 million). Over 90 percent of those who are stunted live in Africa and Asia (U.N. Children’s Fund [UNICEF] 2009, 2011a). These forms of undernutrition can have long-lasting and damaging effects on children, especially when it occurs during critical developmental years.

African farmers harvesting crops

EnCompass conducted the midterm evaluation of USC Canada’s Seeds of Survival program. USC Canada promotes vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world, by focusing on activities that build food and livelihood security for small-scale farmers, and preserve the agricultural biodiversity necessary to feeding a growing and changing planet. Its core program, Seeds of Survival, works in partnerships with farming communities in 12 countries around the world.

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In its aim to end global hunger, the World Food Programme (WFP) is striving to plan and commission independent, credible and useful evaluation evidence across the organization. With this in mind, WFP asked EnCompass to co-design and implement a comprehensive learning programme to build the capacity of all of its staff in evaluation principles and management. The Evaluation Learning Programme (EvalPro) targets all staff with the skills and knowledge they require to engage with or manage evaluations.

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This toolkit was developed to support the implementation of the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy. It provides guidance and resources for USAID/Lebanon staff and implementing mechanisms (IMs) about how to integrate gender throughout USAID’s program cycle, including monitoring and evaluating. The Toolkit provides the following components: an overview of USAID’s policy guidance on gender integration; guidance on gender analyses and integrating gender into solicitations, monitoring, evaluating, and learning; and tools for gender integration.

Two women harvesting wheat

EnCompass is supporting activities to integrate gender issues into design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of Mission activities. EnCompass provides regular gender reviews of evaluation plans and tools for Mission programs and implementing partner projects.

Support has included developing gender resources such as:

Children with plates for food

EnCompass collaborated with a Rome-based Food Agency to create a suite of just-in-time performance support tools (job aids, templates, checklists, and short videos) for staff at country offices. In addition to the tools, EnCompass also designed an on-line learning platform-- where the tools are housed-- and developed and delivered a series of virtual instructor-led sessions on topics targeted to enhance and strengthen the expertise and capacity of agency leaders stationed at critical country posts.

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EnCompass designed a two-module, four-month blended Management Development Program that emphasized a strengths-based management approach for this United Nations (UN) Agency, whose work is focused around agriculture and food security. The participants benefitted from on-line collaboration tools, individual coaching, face to face modules, on-line and paper resources, application activities, and peer coaching opportunities. The program educated participants on how to manage themselves and their teams more effectively.

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EnCompass provided organizational, logistics, facilitation, and reporting services on behalf of the U.S. Department of Labor’s initiatives to eliminate the worst forms of child labor around the world. Over the course of several contracts, EnCompass has provided the following services:

PC Volunteer with children teaching agriculture practices

EnCompass supported the Peace Corp’s Food Security Program to revise a series of 18 training manuals on community agricultural practices that provide sustainable, adequate nutrition. PC Volunteers will use these manuals in the field as part of its engagement with the Feed the Future Initiative. EnCompass updated the technical content and presentation layout of the manuals to ensure ease and accuracy of use.

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EnCompass conducted a mid-term evaluation of a three-year, USDA-funded agricultural development program in Afghanistan called Soybeans for Agricultural Renewal in Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI). Working in Kabul, Takhar, and Balkh, the evaluation team gathered data through one-on-one meetings, focus groups, site visits to assess all aspects of this value chain project from monetization procedures to road construction to processing operations to micro-credit and consumer training.

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