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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of agricultural production and food policy in achieving broad development goals. It aims to inform dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy actors and decision makers globally around issues such as food security, land issues, food prices, gender and the role of technology and innovation.
Understanding food security through a gendered lens
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This blog presents key themes from a recently convened e-discussion with international specialists. The main objective of this highly engaging 48 hour online discussion was to allow experts to share and exchange ideas on the most current thinking and practice on the issue. This event was held as part of developing the Gender and Food Security Cutting Edge Pack, a resource that will incorporate, and build, on these points to ensure that relevant policymakers and practitioners have a clearer understanding of the key issues and a set of recommendations sign posting the best way forward .

The Eldis Agriculture Resource Guide has a dedicated sub theme on food security and gender, which showcases a diverse range of research.

Latest Documents

Wheat consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa: trends, drivers, and policy implications
N.M. Mason; T.S. Jayne; B. Shiferaw / Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, Michigan State University, 2012
Staple grain consumption in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is rising at the same time that the region is becoming more dependent on imported staples. This paper discusses the potential dilemmas posed by SSA’s increasing reliance on im...
Improving basic services for the bottom forty percent - lessons from Ethiopia
World Bank, 2014
Ethiopia, like most developing countries, has opted to deliver services such as basic education, primary health care, agricultural extension advice, water, and rural roads through a highly decentralised system. That choice is based on...
The state of food insecurity in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2014
The latest FAO estimates indicate that the trend in global hunger reduction continues. About 805 million people were estimated to be chronically undernourished in 2012–14, down by more than 100 million over the last de...
Cereal market dynamics: the Malian experience from the 1990s to present.
V. Kelly; A. Murekezi; N. Me-nsope / Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, Michigan State University, 2012
This paper assesses the role that cereal markets could play in contributing to poverty reduction in both urban areas through reductions in food prices and rural areas through increases in farm incomes, focusing particularly on the Mal...
Farmers’ production and marketing response to rice price increases and fertilizer subsidies in the Office Du Niger
D. Mather; V. Kelly / Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, Michigan State University, 2012
This paper aims to inform the debate about farmers’ response to the Rice Initiative (RI) in Mali and rising rice prices, comparing crop production and marketing before and after the price spikes and the introduction of the RI in...
Trends in per capita food availability in West Africa, 1980-2009
N.M. Me-Nsope; J.M. Staatz / Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, Michigan State University, 2013
The goal of this paper is to provide evidence of shifts in food consumption patterns in the ECOWAS countries of West Africa from 1980 through 2009. The paper reveals a trend towards greater per capita calorie supplies for most ...
A strategic agricultural sector and food security diagnostic for Burma
S. Haggblade (ed); D. Boughton; G. Denning / Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, Michigan State University, 2013
Despite its enormous potential, Myanmar’s agriculture has underperformed over the past fifty years. Furthermore, given that two-thirds of the population works primarily in agriculture, low farm productivity translates into high ...
Agricultural interventions and investment options for climate change in drought and saline - flood prone regions of Bangladesh
Bioforsk / Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, 2014
Rice is the staple food in Bangladesh and crucial for the food security in the country. The alluvial soil deposits, through an extensive river network across Bangladesh, have contributed to a fertile land with high rice productivity p...
Leveraging the private sector to promote agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods
S. Wiggins; S. Keats / Evidence on Demand, 2014
For the benefit of Livelihoods Advisers in DFID, this Topic Guide sets out the issues arising when stimulating private investment and initiative to the benefit of small-scale and informal farmers, fishers and herders. Four sets of que...
Farmer demand for soil fertility management practices in Kenya’s grain basket
M. Kamau; M. Smale; M. Mutua / Food Security III Cooperative Agreement, Michigan State University, 2013
Land degradation cripples smallholder crop production in Sub-Saharan Africa, including those found in the densely populated, grain basket areas of Kenya. The current paper demonstrates that whereas some of the Kenyan soil relat...
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