The Regoverning Markets project focused on corporate concentration in the global food sector and its consequences for sustainable development, the goal was to secure more equitable producer and trade benefits in response to the dynamic changes in agrifood market restructuring.
IIED’s Forest Team works with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to improve the livelihoods of those who live in and around forests, as well as ensuring that those forests are managed in a fair and sustainable way.
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.
We can only survive without drinking water for a few days – it’s crucial for our survival. Water is also crucial for supporting people’s ways of life, from raising livestock, to managing fisheries and irrigating crops. In many parts of semi-arid West Africa water is in short supply and the pressures on existing water resources are set to increase. IIED aims to help bring about fairer and more sustainable water governance that ensures poor and vulnerable communities don’t miss out.
Land is life for millions of people across rural Africa. It is central for ensuring they have enough food to eat. Even if they are involved in other trades, land is an essential safety net for the rural poor during times of economic instability and helps define cultures and identities.
Vulnerable food producers and consumers often do not benefit from technological advances in agricultural sciences or the expansion of agricultural commodity markets. IIED is carrying out activities and research to redress the balance.
Global fisheries are under increasing threat from a combination of factors, such as high-tech harvesting which has led to overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change. IIED is carrying out research that aims to propose solutions and ways forward.
Many actors are vying to inform the goal-setting process for a post-2015 agenda – a diversity of voices must be incorporated for a successful and fair outcome. That is why research institutes from around the globe have joined forces to form the Independent Research Forum (IRF).
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.
Shaping Sustainable Markets is a research initiative that explores how the formal and informal rules used to govern markets – called market governance mechanisms (MGMs) – are designed, and how they impact on people, the planet and the economy.
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.