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  • Aerial natural landscape.

    From New Zealand to Africa: managing land use trade-offs

    As part of the Sentinel project, IIED has developed a new virtual training tool for analysing trade-offs in land use decisions. Xiaoting Hou-Jones shares how the tool was inspired by a decision-making framework designed by a team from Lincoln University, New Zealand, and evolved through trialling it in Ghana and Zambia.

    4 March 2022 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • Screengrab of a videocall with eight people in a meeting room and five more online participants

    Digital tools amplify the voice of women in Peruvian communities

    Perú’s ollas comunes or community-led soup kitchens – a community response to COVID-19 based on solidarity, tradition and resilience that is breaking gender norms – have embraced a hybrid way of working to ensure women’s voices are heard

    11 November 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Stalls of fruits and vegetables.

    Food Systems Summit: implications for global food governance

    Last week's Food Systems Summit raised questions about global governance models in a policy area fundamental to everyone’s lives. Lorenzo Cotula argues that, without clear decision-making rules and effective structures to manage power differentials, bringing diverse actors together produces ‘capture’ rather than inclusion

    30 September 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Crop field with man watering the soil.

    Reconciling food production and forest conservation: priorities for the UN Food Systems Summit

    In the latest blog in our ‘food year’ series, guest blogger Hambulo Ngoma discusses the potential policy collisions between producing food to feed growing populations and conserving our forests

    20 September 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Two people pour liquid on a plate of potatoes.

    Indigenous food systems prove highly resilient during COVID-19

    Indigenous Peoples’ local agroecological food systems bring valuable lessons of resilience for policymakers heading to next month’s UN Food Systems Summit

    26 August 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • People squatting before plant beds

    We also want greens in our meals: community gardens in the Philippines

    One of the founding mothers of the Homeless People’s Federation of the Philippines, Ofelia Bagotlo, describes how community gardens on vacant city plots are providing vital nutrition for the urban poor

    27 July 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • People standing between piles of bananas

    African social movements call on UN food summit to give people back control

    In the second blog in our ‘food year’ series, guest blogger Million Belay explains why now is the time to demand a better food system that works for small-scale food producers in Africa – who account for most of the world’s food insecure

    22 July 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Woman puts greens on a plate

    UN Food Systems Summit: it’s time to listen to civil society’s concerns

    Guest blogger Molly Anderson kicks off a new blog series leading up to the UN’s first ever Food Systems Summit. Here, Anderson sets out practical ways for the summit’s convenors to regroup after getting off to a rocky start

    22 June 2021 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Street vendor selling vegetables

    IIED’s 'food year' blog series explores policies and practice to transform our food systems

    In the lead up to the first ever global summit on food, IIED launches a new series of blogs to contribute to the debate about food systems transformation

    22 June 2021 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Man cutting a cacao fruit from the tree

    Promoting producer agency in food systems – might new global guidelines offer any hope?

    With a new set of guidelines on food systems and nutrition under negotiation, Emily Polack reflects on their potential to give small-scale producers a greater say in food systems governance – one key to a healthier, fairer and more sustainable future for all

    10 December 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Woman adding stickers to a poster on the wall

    The inconvenient truth about ‘capacity’ strengthening in global development

    To work with effective and progressive civil society movements in low-income countries, do international NGOs need to do less capacity strengthening, and work as allies of these movements instead? Drawing on lessons from a new report, Natalie Lartey discusses how advocates can advance this agenda

    8 December 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Food market in Lusaka, Zambia.

    Food systems of the poor: shaping the agenda for the Food Systems Summit

    In the lead up to the UN Food Systems Summit in 2021, this online IIED event on 25 November explored how food systems transformation can be relevant for people living in poverty

    10 November 2020 | Event | Food and agriculture
  • Jack fruit vendor spreads out their wares on the ground.

    Putting informal food systems at the centre of sustainable diets

    A new report from IIED and Hivos calls for a rethink about how sustainable diets can be achieved in low-income countries, with informal food systems central to that goal

    16 October 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Woman washing dishes with a jerrycan.

    To address food insecurity in Uganda post COVID-19 the government must act now

    In the wake of COVID-19, food insecurity in Uganda is drastically increasing. Food Rights Alliance and Twaweza East Africa call on the government to take specific and urgent action

    24 September 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Man picking up fruits from a tree

    Food insecurity: an appetite for change

    On International Youth Day, Facebook guest blogger Naomi Gammon discusses the role of young people in reshaping unhealthy patterns of food consumption

    12 August 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Three women standing on a patch of open land, peeling vegetables.

    Lima's community-organised soup kitchens are a lifeline during COVID-19

    In Lima’s informal settlements, ollas comunes – community-led soup kitchens – are reviving strong traditions of self-organised crisis response and resilience among the urban poor.

    7 August 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Group of people around a table eating a meal

    Three pillars for food system change: inclusivity, joint vision and long-term commitment

    A new paper identifies three key ingredients multi-actor initiatives need to drive change in the food system

    16 July 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A woman serving food at a street stall

    Common cause with people in the food systems of the majority

    Bill Vorley discusses why we need a much deeper understanding of and partnership with people in the food systems that feed and provide livelihoods for low-income women and men

    22 June 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Women are sat at tables selling food a distance apart

    Uganda’s hungry food vendors: counting the cost of COVID-19

    Interviews as part of a new study show how lockdown restrictions are leaving Uganda’s food vendors hungry and vulnerable

    11 June 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A stallholder in front of a food stall

    Resilient food systems and COVID-19: lessons for a Just Transition

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed huge vulnerabilities and inequalities in food systems. They are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change: to droughts, floods, typhoons, sea-level rise – the current locust outbreak in East Africa. But they are also part of the problem, contributing about one third of global greenhouse gas emissions and being highly inequitable too. Krystyna Swiderska spells out what needs to change

    22 May 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Women farmers bending over planting crops in a paddy field

    Curbing the impacts of COVID-19 on Nepal’s small-scale farmers and seizing opportunities for food system reform

    Guest blogger Jagat Deuja puts forward practical measures for minimising damage to Nepal’s small-scale farming sector and ways to build resilient food systems in the longer term

    11 May 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • People sit around a desk and talk into microphones

    What makes a sustainable diet? And who decides? Make Change Happen podcast episode 5

    Globally, we are producing more food than ever. But for many of the world’s poorer citizens, secure access to safe food is becoming less certain. To counter this, an advocacy programme called Sustainable Diets for All is asking: how can we create food systems that are fairer, healthier and more sustainable? We explore the programme’s citizen-led approach and hear from local partners

    5 May 2020 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Combine harvesters in a wheat field

    Is adaptation the missing ingredient from the new UN biodiversity action plan?

    This week governments from across the world will meet in Rome to discuss the first draft of a new global action plan to tackle biodiversity loss. Dilys Roe asks whether there is something missing from the agenda

    24 February 2020 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • A vegetable seller with a food truck peels a cucumber

    Urban poor community voices take to the stage at the World Urban Forum

    Stories from urban poor communities inspired international audiences at the 10th World Urban Forum

    19 February 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A young person

    The champions helping communities make better food choices

    In Jember, Indonesia, children and young people are bearing the brunt of unhealthy eating habits. Isnatul Mu'allifin explains how this new generation is using data – gathered with and by the community – to drive tangible, positive change in people’s diets

    8 January 2020 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Busy market scene, showing traders with their vegetables

    Informal food markets offer diverse food products and crucial livelihood opportunities

    An IIED discussion paper highlights the importance of informal food markets in Zambia

    25 November 2019 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Four young Ethiopian men standing in a field of cabbages

    Africa’s evolving food systems

    Most rural Africans now live and farm in liberalised markets, which most African and international policy forums assume to be the best basis for economic activities. But there is considerable debate about these developments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa

    20 November 2019 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • A cook serves food to a group of children

    Q&A: Encouraging the availability of healthy and diverse foods for students

    Creating change often starts from the ground up. A teacher in East Java province, Indonesia, explains how she is working with parents and pupils to learn about healthy food choices

    29 October 2019 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Evelyne  Flora Latabu shaking a bowl of grains.

    The Ugandan diet: food voices and choices

    Farmers, food providers and consumers from Gulu, Buikwe and Kabarole Districts give their personal views on the Ugandan diet and food supply.

    24 October 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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
  • 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
  • A conservation agriculture demonstration at the Golden Valley Agricultural Research Trust, Zambia. Conservation agriculture can increase productivity and improve soil structure (Photo: Barbara Adolph/IIED)

    Social and environmental trade-offs in African agriculture

    In sub-Saharan Africa, achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of 'zero hunger' (SDG2), while reducing inequalities (SDG10) and conserving ecosystems (SDG15), is a big challenge. A new IIED-led research project aims to develop knowledge, relationships and research capacities to address this task

    10 August 2017 | 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 stallholder measures her produce in a marketplace

    Sustainable diets for all 

    Through citizen action, the Sustainable Diets for All programme promoted diets that were diverse, healthy, fair, and 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 | Event | 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

    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
  • A male shepherdwith a stick leads dozens of sheep winding behind him on a dusty trail

    Valuing variability

    Dryland communities have learnt to harness the variability of their highly unpredictable environments to support sustainable and productive economies, societies and ecosystems. In the face of climate change, development policy everywhere should draw on their knowledge and experience

    17 December 2012 | Article | 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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