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We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big. 

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  • A farmer-centric approach to the distribution of organic fertiliser in Kenya: Learning Brief

    Chettleborough, John; de Silva, Dan (Practical ActionPractical ActionUnited KingdomPractical Action, United Kingdom, 2024-06)
    This document is a learning brief, exploring issues associated with the last mile distribution and demand for commercially produced organic fertiliser in Kenya. It is based largely, on research caried out by Practical Action and Biovision in 2024. The Brief describes how the organic fertilizer sector in Kenya is organised and sets out the key constraints experienced in the distribution of organic fertilizer and the key factors holding back demand. It includes recommendations for improving distribution and demand creation.
  • Two pager BLF Andes Amazónico

    Practical Action (Practical Action, Latin America, 2024-05)
    El proyecto busca contribuir a la transformación de los sistemas actuales en el paisaje, realizando intervenciones estratégicas en conservación de la biodiversidad, gobernanza, género, financiamiento climático, fortalecimiento de cadenas de valor con el fin de impulsar medios de vida sostenibles, frenar la deforestación y la pérdida de biodiversidad y favorecer la adaptación y mitigación del cambio climático.
  • Alternativas tecnológicas de mitigación y adaptación al cambio climático en los sectores energético y productivo

    Beltrán, Ivy; Reza, Carlos; Cuba, Mónica; Arevillca, Fernando; Flores, Milton; Ortega, Guillermo; Yapu, Víctor (Practical ActionPractical Action, Latin America, 2024-05)
    A partir de un diagnóstico realizado en municipios como Arani, Santiago de Callapa y Yapacaní se revela impactos diferenciados del cambio climático, especialmente entre hombres y mujeres. En este marco, se desarrollaron 14 iniciativas de energía renovable, junto con tecnologías deriego y producción, que se han constituido en pasos firmes hacia la mitigación y la adaptación que refuerza procesos de gestión social- comunitario inclusivos.
  • GDC Innovation spotlight: Last Mile Repair Services

    Jansen, Gerwin (Global Distributors Collective (GDC)Practical Action Publishing, 2024-05)
    This publication on last mile repair emphasises the importance of extending product lifetimes through decentralised repair services, analyses the benefits of last-mile repair services, highlights the significant benefits of last-mile repair services and positions repair as the cornerstone of a circular economy. It also thoroughly examines opportunities and challenges for last mile distributors to provide repair services. The spotlight also showcases key insights from trailblazers SolarAid (Zambia) and ECO2LIBRIUM (Kenya).
  • GDC innovation spotlight: E-commerce

    Lyseight, Russell; Jansen, Gerwin (Global Distributors Collective (GDC)Practical Action Consulting, 2024-05-08)
    This publication on e-commerce deep dives into the rapid growth and development of e-commerce in recent years, explores key e-commerce models emerging, and discusses the potential benefits and challenges last mile distributors may experience when introducing an e-commerce platform in their business. The spotlight also features stories and key learnings from trailblazers Frontier Markets and Econome.

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