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Reader's Corner: Protected area co-management, addressing postharvest losses, and a handbook for value chain research

Veronica LetelierWelcome to the latest installment of the Agrilinks Reader’s Corner, a blog series on agriculture issues from agribusiness and food security specialist Veronica Letelier. Here is what I'm reading this week:

Where People and Poverty Intersect

The 27 chapters in this online book, “Protected Area Co-Management Where People and Poverty Intersect: Lessons from Nishorgo in Bangladesh” summarize lessons learned from a five-year effort to introduce collaborative management (co-management) in five forest protected areas in Bangladesh as a means of improving protection and management of biodiversity. The volume is predicated on the need for conservation managers to report on what works and what does not. Rarely are failures documented as carefully as successes. This book aims to redress that. All 28 authors were involved in implementing elements of the program, and were asked to offer their candid assessment of lessons learned. In this sense, the book is intended as a practical knowledge management tool.

Capable Partners Program

Implementation Tips for USAID Partners from the Capable Partners Program includes step-by-step instructions for completing the SF425 financial status reporting form, advice on developing USG compliant procurement policies and procedures, a checklist for closing out a project, and much more. It also provides strategies to improve an organization's overall performance.

Do addressing postharvest losses have an impact on food security?

The postharvest management of fruit and vegetables in most developing countries is far from satisfactory. The major constraints include inefficient handling and transportation; poor technologies for storage, processing, and packaging; involvement of too many diverse actors; and poor infrastructure. This document from FAO and APO, "Postharvest Management of Fruit and Vegetables in the Asia-Pacific Region," describes developments at addressing postharvest losses in the Asia-Pacific region.

Handbook for Value Chain Research

What is the best way to generate information to make sure participation in value chains leads to social and economic benefits for stakeholders? The objective of the IDRC's Handbook for Value Chain Research is to assist researchers in formulating and executing value chain research, particularly with a view to framing a policy environment which will assist poor producers and poor countries to participate effectively in the global economy.