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    Policy incentives and agribusiness investment in Ethiopia: Benefit or deadweight?

    Future Agricultures Consortium, 2019
    The importance of agriculture to the Ethiopian economy is underlined by the country’s forthright promotion of investment in agriculture since the turn of the century, but how effective has this investment really been? This brief summarises the findings and conclusions of the APRA study ‘Policy approaches to business investment in agricultural commercialisation in Ethiopia’.
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    ESRC-DFID Research for Policy and Practice: Water security

    Impact Initiative, 2019
    Access to clean water is essential for life but all too often in water management, short-term gains for the few are prioritised above long-term benefits for the many. This selection of ESRC-DFID funded research explores the realities facing people for whom water insecurity is a daily threat, drawing on research focusing on Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
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    Changing farm structure and agricultural commercialisation in Nigeria

    Future Agricultures Consortium, 2019
    Evidence is mounting that the rise of medium-scale investor farms and associated changes in the distribution of farm sizes are occurring in many African countries. These changes in the distribution of farm sizes are creating important and wide-ranging impacts at all stages of agricultural value chains.
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    Evidence-based policymaking in the food–health nexus

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2019
    This article examines the role of evidence in influencing food and nutrition-related public health policy, and starts to chart a way through the political economy of knowledge and evidence within this nexus.
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    Transforming food systems: The potential of engaged political economy

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2019
    A food systems approach is critical to understanding and facilitating food system transformation, yet gaps in analysis are impeding changes towards greater equity, sustainability, and emancipation. Gaps include analyses of interdependencies among food system activities, of narrative politics, and of the behaviour of food system components using dynamic methodologies.
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    New IDS Bulletin on the political economy of food

    07 Aug 2019: This new issue of the IDS Bulletin, edited by Jody Harris, Molly Anderson, Chantal Clément and Nicholas Nisbett examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and the various active players, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them.
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    Power in the Zambian nutrition policy process

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2019
    This article presents an example of a power analysis in the nutrition policy process in Zambia, using the ‘power cube’ framework. Here, nutrition policy priorities were found to have been shaped by a global epistemic community relying on the hidden and invisible power of technical language and knowledge to frame policy options which resonated with their own beliefs about malnutrition.
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    Building a sustainable food city: A collective approach

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2019
    Brighton – a city on the south coast of the UK with a vibrant food scene but also home to some entrenched inequalities – presents an excellent local case from which to explore some of the wider issues considered in this IDS Bulletin on the political economy of food.
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    Agroecology and food sovereignty

    Institute of Development Studies UK, 2019
    The authors propose that agroecology provides a framework for understanding ‘levels’ for the transition to sustainable food systems. If we agree that agroecology includes social and political dimensions of governing territorial food systems, then it must be linked to movements for food sovereignty.
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    Subsidy reform and distributive justice in fisheries

    International Institute for Environment and Development, 2019
    While most fisheries are already overexploited, many governments allocate capacity-enhancing subsidies to the fishing sector, encouraging further overfishing. Target 14.6 of Sustainable Development Goal 14 and WTO negotiations to eliminate harmful subsidies both call for action on reform.

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