China's economic progress over the past few decades has been dramatic, but so too have changes in environmental governance in the country. The China Strategy Team carries out work to improve China’s role as an international development actor. To accomplish this, we work across all research groups at IIED.
Voices and flavours of the earth: Visualising food sovereignty in the Andes is a multimedia publication that uses video, audio, images and text to describe how indigenous communities are drawing on their knowledge and cosmovisions to rethink the priorities and governance of food and agricultural research in the Andean Altiplano of Bolivia and Peru.
Since its inception in 2009, the Knowledge Programme Small Producer Agency in the Globalised Market has promoted cross fertilisation between the work of the Learning Network, the work done by commissioned researchers and the material from the series of Provocative Seminars in order to contribute to reshaping the debate. All published material is available free to download.
What are the strategies and constraints of small-scale producers in an era of globalisation? This project has provided insights that can help in designing better policies and business interventions to support them.
The current system of intellectual property rights is designed to promote commercial and scientific innovation. It offers little scope for protecting the knowledge rights of indigenous peoples, traditional farmers and healers, whose survival requires collective — not exclusive — access to new knowledge and innovations.
We are working with partners in China, India, Kenya and Peru to revitalise the traditional knowledge-based — or ‘biocultural’ — innovation systems of smallholder farmers to strengthen food security in the face of climate change.
At the start of the Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) in Uruguay, Camilla Toulmin, the Director of IIED, and Charles Godfrey, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, discuss the Global Food and Farming Futures Foresight report. The report looked at the global food system between now and 2050, issues of supply and demand and governance and some of the challenges that need tackling.
The latest ‘provocation’ from IIED and Hivos, held in The Hague last week (24 May), began by asking what the development community can do to support rural youth. And for consultant Felicity Proctor, the answer is clear: “we need to move from agriculture and talking about food security and productivity to enterprise, business and a decent living for many of the rural populations.”
In recent years, the demand for speciality and conservation seeds has risen - yet at the same time the survival of local varieties and biodiversity have also been threatened by strict European Union rules on the marketing of seeds, the
Los miembros latinoamericanos de la la Red Global de Aprendizaje del Programa de Conocimientos HIVOS/IIED/Mainumy Ñakurutú, ‘Productores de pequeña escala como actores en el mercado globalizado’ se reunieron en Lima del 12 al 16 de setiembre pasados. Junto con varias organizaciones prestigiosa organizaron y participaron en una serie de reuniones y eventos.
The Latin American Learning Network members of the Knowledge Programme ‘Small producer agency in the globalised market’ convened in Lima from 12 to 16 September. They organised and participated in a series of meetings and events in conjunction with various prestigious organisations. The highlight of the programme was the International Forum ‘Small-scale producers: Actors in Globalised Markets and Food Security?’ on 14 September, organised by the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
The aim of this action research is to identify and support processes that can help democratise the governance of food systems, land use and the environment. It seeks to find more equitable ways of including citizens in policy making and in the design of technologies and institutions that shape food systems and the environment.
At the latest provocation from IIED and Hivos, held in Brussels last week (22 June), a group of around 60 policymakers, academics and development practitioners gathered to discuss, among other things, the role of CSR in achieving development goals such as poverty reduction and the empowerment of small-scale farmers.