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Lessons Learned by the WIN Project on Livelihoods Diversification and Enterprise Development
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The pilot WIN project (Empowerment of Women in Irrigation and Water Resources Management for Household Food Security) was an operational research project implemented by FAO from 2000-2003. The project was designed specifically to test a multi-sectoral approach to empowering women in irrigation management, and to address nutrition and health concerns associated with irrigation schemes. Although WIN was not originally foreseen as a livelihoods diversification project, a variety of income-generating activities (IGAs) emerged in Cambodia, Nepal and Zambia. A number of groups were successful in diversifying their livelihoods as a result of WIN’s intervention. However, it is still too early to fully assess the long-term viability and sustainability of these activities. This paper aims to identify some operational lessons learned as well as good practices from the WIN project. The paper reviews the processes which facilitated the emergence of livelihood diversification and enterprise development (LDED) activities, outlining lessons on what did and did not work, with recommendations for the future. Through an iterative process of participatory appraisal, analysis and planning, a number of IGAs emerged, particularly in Zambia and Nepal. WIN’s experience in these two countries demonstrates that people-centered2 practices, appropriate technical training and decentralized management can create a constructive environment for local action. In such conditions, even the poorest farmers can diversify their production systems and income streams, through initiating their own IGAs.( Karlyn Eckman WIN Project Chief Technical Advisor).
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FAO ,   (2005 )
Type / Script:
Progress Report in English
Keywords:
LIVELIHOOD DIVERSIFICATION, ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENEMT, WIN PROJECT, EMPOWERMENT AND CAPACITY BUILDING, MICRO- FINANCE AND CREDIT, LEARNING AND EXPERIENCE, FINDINGS, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, OVERPRODUCTION, PRODUCTION FUNCTIONS PRODUCTIVITY, SUPPLY AND DEMAND, PRODUCTION CONTROL, PRODUCTION COSTS, PRODUCTION DIVERSIFICATION, PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, PRODUCTION PLANNING, PRODUCTION SPECIALIZATION, PRODUCTION STANDARDS
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 FAO : Food and Agriculture Organization
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02.01.00  -  Economic Theory
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