Our Projects

  • Year 2009

    Country Switzerland

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Food Security Assessment Tools: Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels

    The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is an international initiative coordinated by the Energy Centre at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It brings together farmers, companies, non-governmental organisations, experts, governments, and intergovernmental agencies concerned with ensuring the sustainability of biofuel production and processing. In support of RSB, Kimetrica developed guidelines and tools for farmers, biofuel producers and environmental and social impact analysts to determine compliance with the RSB Principle on biofuel production impacts on local food security. The food security assessment tools were integrated into the Energy Centre’s guidelines for assessing biofuel impacts in all sectors.

  • Year 2009

    Country Burkina Faso Burundi Ethiopia Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Liberia Malawi Mali Mozambique Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leonne South Africa South Sudan Sudan Swaziland Switzerland Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe

    Client

    Research and Evaluation PROJECTS

    Increasing Smallholder Production through Structured Demand in TB, HIV/AIDS Treatment and OVC Programmes: Feasibility and Impact Analysis

    With the significant expansion of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programs in Africa, there was both an urgent need to meet the demand for expanding programs and, at the same time, to address the increased food security and nutritional needs of beneficiaries. Under a contract with UNAIDS, Kimetrica conducted a study on smallholder incomes and market opportunities and how they would be impacted, if farmers were to supply food for people undergoing antiretroviral therapy (ART), TB patients in treatment, and for OVC programs. Kimetrical also had to study the feasability of such an initiative. To that effect, Kimetrica conducted case studies in six African countries to gain insight and practical knowledge of the potential benefits, costs, risks and constraints of investing in smallholder supply chains for donor-funded health and social protection programs. In addition, Kimetrica's staff mapped potential partners in 20 African countries, ranging from NGOs to farming groups to health facilities, that could manage procurement of food from small farmers to clients of social protection programs. The study’s findings were used to develop programs to support smallholder production and to provide nutritional support to HIV/AIDS, TB and OVC beneficiaries.