Agriculture and the Environment

Agriculture is a primary source of income and employment in many developing countries and for much of the world’s poor. Their ability to grow food productively, profitably, and sustainably has important implications for food security, economic development, and the environment.

NORC’s work in the area of agriculture and the environment includes projects sponsored by the Millennium Challenge Corporation, evaluations of the Morocco Fruit Tree Agricultural Project, efforts to relieve rural poverty in the former republic of Georgia, and a community-based rangeland and livestock management program in Namibia. NORC is also conducting policy research for the Rwanda LAND Project, an initiative led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve access to justice on land-related issues.

Representative Projects

Georgia New Economic Opportunities. The New Economic Opportunities (NEO) Initiative is a four year USAID-funded project in the Republic of Georgia that aims to develop economic opportunities at the community level;  improve livelihoods of vulnerable households and persons; promote sustainability of Internationally Displaced Persons (IDP) housing; and respond to natural disasters or other large shocks to livelihoods.  More

Impact Evaluation of Development Programs in Benin and the Republic of Georgia. NORC has partnered with the Urban Institute to carry out impact evaluations of development programs funded through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The evaluation will assess the program contributions to economic growth, job creation, and increased household incomes, and will help guide the design of future programs. More

Lead in Soil Immobilization Pilot. The Security, Energy, and Environment (SEE) department is subcontracting with Carnow, Conibear, and Associates (CCA) on a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The project objective is to reduce the risk of lead poisoning in children by developing an inexpensive, commercially viable treatment which permanently reduces soluable (bioavailable) lead levels in soil.​ More

MCA Burkina Faso Agricultural Data Collection in the Sourou Valley and Comoe Basin. NORC, together with its local Burkina partner CERFODES, is designing the study sample, developing all data collection tools, and gathering data that will be used to monitor and conduct impact evaluations of MCA-Burkina programs. More

MCA Morocco Impact and Performance Evaluation of the Program "Rehabilitation and Intensification of Olive Plantations in Rainfed Zones". NORC is evaluating MCA-Morocco Fruit Tree Agricultural Project to determine whether the sub-project Rehabilitation and Intensification of Rainfed Olive Plantations increases farmers’ revenue over the 2010 to 2013 implementation More

MCC Impact Evaluation Services in the Republic of Georgia. The Goal of MCC’s Compact with the Government of Georgia is to reduce rural poverty through better economic performance by improving the two main barriers to economic growth: a lack of reliable infrastructure and the slow development of businesses, particularly agribusiness.  More

Namibia Community Based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) Surveys. NORC is carrying out surveys during 2010-2014 to support the impact evaluation of the Community-Based Rangeland and Livestock Management (CBRLM) Sub-Activity for the  Millennium Challenge Corporation. More

Namibia Conservancy Support and Indigenous Natural Products (CS.INP) Surveys. NORC has been contracted to implement a Conservancy Support and Indigenous Natural Products Household and Organizational Survey to support the  Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Compact with the Republic of Namibia. More

Rwanda LAND Project. Rwanda’s population density is the highest in sub-Saharan Africa and continues to grow at a rate of nearly three percent per year. Scholars and researchers frequently cite land pressure and conflicts as contributing factors to the 1994 genocide which continue to be of concern. USAID will implement a program in Rwanda which will develop local research capacity in land- related issues, and support the government’s ability to improve access to justice for Rwandans, particularly vulnerable populations, on land-related issues. Chemonics International has been awarded a contract to implement a number of capacity building measures under this program and has retained NORC to assist in developing the policy research and development capacities of Rwandan civil society and state organizations. More