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Manuals | June 1, 2012

Managing Natural Resources

A SMART Skills Manual

Small-scale farmers in developing countries depend heavily on their natural resources: water, soil and the broader ecosystem. They need to use these resources wisely so they can continue to produce crops and raise animals.

This manual shows how field agents, extension workers and program managers can help farmers manage their natural resources. The seven lessons, available in English, French and Spanish, cover the following topics:

  • Engaging the community
  • Understanding the community context
  • Identifying and engaging stakeholders
  • Mapping natural resource problems and opportunities
  • Making a natural resources management plan
  • Managing natural resources projects
  • Monitoring progress

Each lesson includes guidelines, exercises to do with a group of farmers or with development agents, and quizzes to test your understanding.

This is one manual in a series on SMART Skills—the skills that field agents need to help farmers in developing countries improve their livelihoods. A companion manual describes how to help them understand their natural resources and why they should manage them in a sustainable way.