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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

Securing land rights in rural communities of Nigeria: policy approach to the problem of gender inequality
J. Chukwuemeka Madu 2013
In Africa, the pursuit of gender equality in inheritance rights remains one of the most difficult challenges due to its entrenched patriarchal characteristics. This is also the case in the rural communities of South-Eastern Nigeria. T...
Levelling the field: improving opportunities for women farmers in Africa
World Bank, 2014
While agriculture across sub-Saharan Africa forms the backbone of many nations' economies, women are largely locked out of land ownership, access to credit and productive farm inputs, as well as support from extension services. This r...
Gender Roles in Urban Crop Production in Imo State, Nigeria.
A.N. Asadu; J.M. Chah; P.I. Ifejika 2013
Promoting urban agriculture has become important in developing countries as a strategy for poverty alleviation. This study, done in Imo state, Nigeria, aims to understand the agricultural practices and associated gender dynamics in de...
Water resources, agriculture, and drought. Understanding the context of drought in Marathwada
L. Barkved; S. Ghosh / Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, 2014
Policy brief no. 1 from the Indo-Norwegian research collaboration on climate change adaptation: Extreme Risks, Vulnerabilities and Community-Based Adptation in India (EVA): a pilot study.
Opportunities for support to System of Rice Intensification in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi
J.B. Aune / Noragric, Department of International Environment and Development Studies, Norwegian University of L, 2014
There is a great potential for increasing the production of rice in Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi. Many of the constraints on rice production are similar for the three countries. Common problems are low quality of seeds, lack of access ...
Social-ecological changes in a Quilombola community in the Atlantic Forest of Southeastern Brazil
K. Thorkildsen / Springerlink, 2014
Through a combined adaptive cycle and political ecology approach, this article explores how the Afro-Brazilian Quilombolas of Bombas, living inside the protected area of PETAR, respond to and shape social-ecological changes in the Atl...
End market analysis for meat / live animals, leather and leather products, dairy products value chains: expanding livestock markets for the small-holder producers
Agricultural Growth Program, 2013
Ethiopians have been engaged in livestock production and trade for centuries and much of the business of livestock production is not that much different today than what it has been over the years. Yet in a hyper-competitive global eco...
Nutrition sensitive agriculture tool (Nutri - SAT): Ethiopian pilot study
Agricultural Growth Program, 2013
Previous strategies to improve nutrition within agriculture programmes have been driven primarily by the nutrition sector. To achieve positive nutrition outcomes within an agriculture project, nutritionists analyse localised macronutr...
Are wives less selfish than their husbands? Evidence from hawk-dove game field experiments
S.T. Holden; S. Bezu / Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2014
Lab-in-the-field Hawk-Dove game experiments were played by spouses in a rural sample of households in Southern Ethiopia where women/wives traditionally have a weak position. Randomized treatments included a 3x3 design with simultaneou...
Learning the hard way? Adapting to climate risk in Tanzania
S.W. Skjeflo; N.B. Westberg / Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2014
We use recent panel data on Tanzanian farm households to investigate how previous exposure to weather shocks affects the impact of a current shock. Specifically, we investigate the impact of droughts on agricultural outcomes and inves...
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