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  • Women traders on a market stall, with rows of different fruit and vegetables in front of them

    Harnessing the potential of Zambia’s informal food sector

    A new report on informal food markets in Zambia explores how integrating these into urban policy planning could help Zambia achieve 'zero hunger'.

    17 October 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A woman sitting on a raised platform

    Urban food insecurity and malnutrition are about more than just food

    Food insecurity, malnutrition and obesity are increasingly becoming urban issues, affecting the health of millions of children and adults. The new issue of Environment & Urbanization looks at the wider context of urban food and nutrition security and the challenges for policymakers

    16 October 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • An Indonesia market trader stands at his stall while women customers look at the food on sale

    Dietary indicators need overhauling, food diary study finds

    A recent study assessing dietary quality in Indonesia showed there is an urgent need to develop and validate assessment methods that will address the triple burden of malnutrition in an integrated way

    15 October 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Women sell bananas at stalls at a market

    Healthy Diets Week Twitter chat

    Join our Twitter chat on Thursday, 10 October to discuss sustainable diets, healthy food and how people can drive food system change

    1 October 2019 | News | Food and agriculture
  • A woman picks fresh greens

    Beyond maize: exploring agricultural diversification in Zambia

    Zambia's food system is widely seen as not working. A new report looks at how to increase crop diversity, support better nutrition and support resilience at local and national level

    22 August 2019 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A food vendor is surrounded by people in a busy street

    The two faces of Bandung’s street food: recreation and reliance

    A new report highlights the central role that street food plays in the food security of low-income workers

    7 August 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • People gather around a table at an outdoor meeting

    Tackling widespread hunger in cities means listening to the urban poor

    As urban food insecurity attracts growing interest in policy debates, Cecilia Tacoli makes the case for ensuring that the views of poor urban residents both inform and shape solutions.

    5 August 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A women puts food into an outdoor oven

    Keeping Bolivia’s culture alive through food

    On Sustainable Gastronomy Day (18 June), guest blogger Angel Ramos explores initiatives that are helping to preserve Bolivia’s rich food heritage

    18 June 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • The experiences of mountain communities in Kyrgyzstan were shared at a learning exchange (Photo: Alan Zulch)

    Mountain communities stress the importance of biocultural heritage for global food security

    Ahead of an intergovernmental forum on biodiversity and food security, the International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has published a report highlighting the importance of biodiversity and indigenous knowledge for climate adaptation

    15 February 2019 | News | Food and agriculture
  • A small farm near the Scottish town of Crief

    Understanding the role of small farms in Europe (SALSA)

    IIED and partners are working to better understand why small farms matter not just in Africa but in Europe’s own countryside

    6 November 2018 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Women farmers sorting their carrot harvest in Karnal District in the Indian state of Haryana (Photo: Nirmal Sigtia, IWMI/CCAFS, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Q&A: Women in rural India are nature’s guardians

    Reetu Sogani describes the special bond between women in India and the country’s natural resources – a connection that positions them as key preservers and managers of biodiversity. Despite this, women’s voices often go unheard in policies intended to support biodiversity conservation

    30 October 2018 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Immaculate Yossa is regional advocacy officer for Eastern Africa at Hivos. She discussed key messages from multi-stakeholder action at the Uganda Food Lab (Photo: Food and Agriculture Organisation, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Achieving real transformation in our food system

    Frank Mechielsen of Hivos reports back from the annual Committee for Food Security, the main international platform that explores food security concerns. He describes how joint action can deliver much needed change in the way we produce and consume our food

    23 October 2018 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Exercises helped the Food Change Lab group trust one another

    Food, sisterhood and dreams

    On World Food Day, Nicole Szucs reports back from a dialogue on increasing dietary diversity and local food systems in Bolivia, and highlights a new video showing how women play a vital role in the food cycle, from production to consumption

    16 October 2018 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A soup stall in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Many of the urban poor rely on frequent food purchases, often cooked food prepared by street vendors (stefans_box, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How the urban poor define and measure food insecurity

    There is growing interest in food consumption and its links to urbanisation but the views of the real experts, the urban poor, do not get the attention they deserve. IIED and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights are asking poor women in cities in Cambodia and Nepal about the challenges of putting food on the table

    14 March 2018 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Madizini in Tanzania grew from a village into an urban centre, initially because the local sugarcane plantations and factory needed workers. Now the town supports a wide array of businesses (Photo: Jytte Agergaard)

    Reframing food security for an urbanising world

    Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030 means taking account of changes in both rural and urban contexts. Cecilia Tacoli reports back from a workshop organised with IFAD on some of the issues raised

    10 April 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A stall-holder measures her produce in a marketplace (Photo: Hivos Bolivia)

    Sustainable diets for all 

    Through citizen action, IIED and Hivos are promoting diets that are diverse, greener, healthier, fairer and more sustainable

    13 October 2016 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Informal food vendors in Mathare, Nairobi. Understanding food consumption and how food systems work is essential to support food security (Photo: Cecilia Tacoli/IIED)

    Urbanisation, rural-urban transformations and food systems

    Urbanisation drives profound transformations in rural areas and in food systems, presenting both challenges and opportunities for poverty reduction, rural development and food security. Policies at the local, national, regional and global scales are of critical importance in shaping rural-urban linkages and the political economy of food systems

    31 August 2016 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Politicians, farmers, and civil society and church leaders broadcast their commitments to take action to improve food systems live on KRC’s radio station, KRC 102 FM The Farmers' Voice. (Photo: Nimrod Bagonza)

    Food summit secures strong commitment to drive change in Ugandan food systems

    A two-day gathering in the town of Fort Portal, in Kabarole District in western Uganda, concluded with firm pledges from politicians, farmers, street vendors, technical experts, civil society, church leaders and youth, setting out how they will each tackle the deepening problems in the region's food systems

    28 April 2016 | Blog | Sustainable markets
  • Women harvesting vegetables in Shanggula village, Guangxi province, China, can share lessons on sustainable farming with the rest of the world (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Nurturing the shoots of China's sustainable agriculture

    A growing trend towards sustainable food offers hope for addressing environmental, social and food safety concerns associated with China's food system

    23 March 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Macaroons topped with crickets and mealworm chocolates prepared for participants at the food session (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    May we suggest a cricket crostini? Mealworm chocolates?

    A session at the Development and Climate Days conference looked at the potential of insects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food production.

    8 December 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • Workshop participants in Mozambique discuss results from group work on how to make farming more sustainable (Photo: Lynn Boyd, ADRA Mozambique)

    Five ways to make farming more sustainable

    A recent workshop in Mozambique identified five ways to sustainably intensify agriculture. In food insecure countries, large-scale investments are often considered a major driver of agricultural growth, but these can promote monocultures and intensive approaches that damage the environment and progressively decrease soil fertility.

    20 May 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Central Malawi: Belia Sikelo farms groundnuts using 'conservation agriculture', a set of practices including no-till farming, designed improve soil structure and help resist erosion. (Photo: T. Samson/CIMMYT)

    2015: the International Year of Soils

    The UN has formally launched 2015 as the International Year of Soils. Much of IIED's work involves soils, including our work on agroecology, food and agriculture, biodiversity, adaptation to climate change, and drylands

    9 April 2015 | Article | Drylands and pastoralism
  • A farmer in a buckwheat field close to harvest time in Gansu Province, China. The country's agriculture is currently facing major environmental challenges (Photo: Han Jianping)

    Sustainable agriculture in China: then and now

    The environmental impacts of China's agricultural production affect not just China, but also the global environment. An IIED and China Agricultural University workshop explored examples and models that could help promote sustainable agricultural practices in China

    26 March 2015 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Dr John Ingram speaking on food security at IIED (Photo: Matt Wright/IIED)

    IIED 'Critical Theme' seminar: Climate change and food security

    The head of the Food Systems Programme Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) highlighted the links between food security and environmental change at an IIED seminar

    16 February 2015 | Article | Climate change
  • The rich agro-biodiversity of the Eastern Himalayas (Photo: Nawraj Gurung)

    Unmissable opportunity to build food security and reduce GHGs at Paris COP

    International research organisations are stressing the need for climate agreements to support traditional farming, given its role in both adaptation and mitigation

    12 February 2015 | News | Climate change
  • Young man collecting water from a pool with camels in background. Kindjandji, Niger.

    GWI West Africa: project background

    Agriculture in large-scale rice irrigation schemes needs to be made to work for both the state, in terms of economic returns and national food security, and for the smallholders whose livelihoods depend on it. When it comes to the development of new dams and large-scale irrigation, more information is needed about their economic viability and how the water, land, and economic benefits can be shared equitably to support local development

    1 November 2014 | Project | Water
  • Representatives of communities from Peru, Bhutan, China, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea have formed an International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples (Photo: Lhab Tshering)

    Indigenous mountain communities call on governments to support traditional knowledge-based adaptation

    An International network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples has been formed to advocate for community biocultural heritage rights and help achieve food sovereignty and climate change adaptation

    18 June 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Local sheep varieties in the Potato Park, Peru, where an agreement was recently forged to share indigenous crop varieties and knowledge about how to grow them in different climates and landscapes (Photo: IIED)

    Indigenous farmers from Peru, China and Bhutan agree to share seeds for climate adaptation

    In the spirit of the International Year of Family and Peasant Farming, indigenous mountain farmers from China, Bhutan and Peru have agreed to share seeds in an effort to cope with global climate change

    8 May 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Mountains such as the Andes, in Peru, are among the regions most affected by climate change (Photo: David Stanley via Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

    Indigenous spiritual values guide climate change adaptation in mountain communities

    Cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and climate change will be the focus of an international event in the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru

    25 April 2014 | News | Climate change
  • Top: Sohel Ahmed and colleague prepare to release the balloon; bottom: Some of the photographs taken from the air (Photos: Sohel Ahmed)

    Up in the air: Citizen scientists map food dangers in Nairobi

    A balloon, a camera and some interviews are helping researchers map a hidden aspect of food insecurity in an informal settlement in Nairobi

    31 March 2014 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A Rwandan farmers stands in her field of maize with hills rising behind her in the background.

    Feeding the World: Why we must do more than just increase yields

    A new paper published today by the journal Science argues that to ensure sustainable food supplies for the Earth’s growing population, policymakers must focus on more than just food production.

    5 July 2013 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Report warns of ways climate change threatens food security of urban poor

    Policies to increase food security in the global South focus too much on rural food production and not enough on ensuring poor people can access and afford food, especially in urban areas, says a report published today by the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    28 March 2013 | News | Climate change
  • Agricultural development: business as usual is not an option

    Following the 2008 global food price hikes and riots, national governments and transnational corporations are increasingly interested in investing in large-scale African agricultural projects. While these land acquisitions gather pace, 925 million people remain undernourished worldwide, with 239 million living in sub-Saharan Africa. In this new context, the question is not only how sustainable large-scale industrial agriculture is, but also what model of food production and farming is most effective in addressing the question of hunger – and for whom.

    5 April 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Mozambique: the next Atlantis?

    Mozambique is a country plagued with a history of floods and poverty. Lying on the south east coast of Africa, its coastline spans over 2700km with its lowest point level to the Indian Ocean. So it needs to be prepared for sea-level rises caused by climate change.

    15 September 2011 | Blog | Climate change
  • Are small-scale farmers there to feed themselves and large-scale farmers there to feed the world? Credit: Flickr/Peter Casier

    Can small-scale farmers feed the world?

    The world’s food systems are being squeezed from all sides: rising populations and shifting diets are increasing the global demand for food, while food production is increasingly compromised by climate change and land degradation.

    15 March 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Food security in 2050: how can we make it fairer and more sustainable?

    A new report from the United Kingdom finds that securing food supplies in 2050 means growing more food, on the same land, with fewer impacts. That requires shifts in policy and practice that we can achieve using a mix of politics, science and market forces.

    3 February 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
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