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IIED/Hivos knowledge programme

A joint knowledge programme of IIED, Hivos and Bolivia-based Mainumby Ñakurutú has focused on understanding the strategies and constraints of small-scale producers in an era of globalisation and big changes in rural areas, and to provide new insights that can help in designing better policies and business interventions to support them. Read more about the project, or browse below to see all our knowledge programme-related blogs, news and articles.

We have 54 items tagged with ‘IIED/Hivos knowledge programme’.
  • 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
  • People eating at the market

    Citizen-led research serves up answers on what Bolivian food vendors want

    Guest blogger Jorge Vladimir Garcia describes the outcomes and challenges of research, led by traditional food vendors themselves, on what might help keep market eateries in La Paz popular in the face of rising competition.

    7 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • A market stall. According to recent studies, 75% of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and five animal species (Photo: Hivos)

    Cooking for our future

    Healthy, sustainable and inclusive gastronomy – Carmen Torres reflects on this month’s food systems conference and a new ally in the shift towards sustainable food systems

    20 February 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Uganda food lab participants add their names to a declaration that came out of the lab discussions (Photo: Nimrod Bagonza)

    Food Change Labs tackle complex issues with the whole system in the room

    Felia Boerwinkel describes how 'change labs' have successfully brought together diverse stakeholders to find ways to improve local food systems in Uganda, Zambia and Indonesia

    30 January 2019 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • 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
  • Plates of traditional Kabarole food

    Creating knowledge and supporting action: citizen-generated evidence from food diaries in Uganda

    Citizens in Western Uganda are using food diaries to generate data on food consumption – helping them understand their own diets and advocate for a better food system

    14 September 2018 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A local blackout in Dar Es Salaam. Power outages in Tanzania's capital are often caused by old cables and transformers (Photo: jay grandin, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Improving Tanzania’s power quality: can data help?

    Ben Garside and Davida Wood discuss whether customer-sourced data can help unpick the problems of electricity supply in Tanzania

    29 June 2018 | Blog | Energy
  • Many crops today are grown in monocultures like this soybean field (Photo: via Pixabay)

    We need to safeguard biodiversity and promote diverse diets

    Coinciding with this year’s International Day for Biodiversity, a new report from IIED and Hivos explores how we can reverse the alarming loss of biodiversity in agriculture and foster diverse diets

    22 May 2018 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • The sun beats down on Dongo village, Tanzania. Children walk with cattle while women carry water buckets (Photo: Chih-Jung Lee)

    Shining a light on energy consumers in rural Tanzania

    Chih-Jung Lee examined what's driving energy use for villagers in Tanzania. In this blog, Lee shares her findings and offers insights to mini-grid developers for meeting diverse consumer demand

    12 March 2018 | Blog | Energy
  • A young woman in a greenhouse (Photo: Tamara Kaunda)

    Attracting Zambia's youth to agriculture: it's about time

    Zambia's vibrant youth are crucial to developing a prosperous agricultural sector. This means shaking off outdated perceptions and providing young people with the right incentives

    29 January 2018 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • A huge selection of photos are displayed in a Peru supermarket (Photo: Teresa Stanton, Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    Nourishing diversity in our food systems

    Although our food systems seemingly deliver impressive abundance and variety, we are losing crucial agricultural biodiversity and our increasingly homogenised diets are leading to disease and obesity. Seth Cook sets out five steps for better, more diverse food systems

    10 October 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Esilalei, Tanzania: Teresia Olotai uses a refrigerator plugged into a solar powered micro-grid. Delivering energy access in rural Tanzania could help transform local economies (Photo: Morgana Wingard, USAID, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    How energy can generate growth in Tanzania's rural economy

    A workshop in Tanzania explored how off-grid energy can power opportunities for economic growth in rural communities. Guest blogger Basil Malaki reports back

    21 September 2017 | Blog | Energy
  • A Zambian farmer in his maize field. The overdependence on maize is having a negative impact on diets in Zambia (Photo: Wesley Wakunuma)

    Promoting diversity on the farm – and the plate

    As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia

    5 June 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • The fall army worm, a breed of earthworm currently devastating Maize crops in southern Africa (Photo: Wesley Wakunuma)

    Fall army worm maize attack: a case for diversity from farm to fork

    As the Zambian government scales up efforts to control an army worm outbreak that is damaging maize crops across the country, William Chilufya wonders if the infestation will encourage a policy shift away from mono-cropping maize

    8 February 2017 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Sixty-two-year-old Elizabeth Mukwimba has a solar-powered lighting system. She no longer has to buy expensive kerosene and has been able to use the savings to re-roof her house (Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development)

    Electricity supplies in Tanzania: putting people first

    With the energy sector expanding, how can the perspectives of local communities and end-users shape future power?

    13 December 2016 | Blog | Energy
  • The fruit market is dominated by a small number of varieties that can withstand long distance shipping and meet supermarket demands for uniformity (Photo: Dirk Loop, Creative Commons via Flickr)

    Why food diversity must be on the menu

    As World Food Day approaches, Seth Cook explores the dangers of losing local crop and animal varieties and what we can do about it

    14 October 2016 | Blog | Biodiversity
  • 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
  • The Food Change Lab engaged a wide group of voices from people in different parts of the food system in the Fort Portal region (Photo: Nimrod Bagonza)

    Mixing more voices into food policy

    How an innovative 'Food Change Lab' in Uganda is bringing together a range of voices to shape a food system that works for all, including ordinary citizens

    10 October 2016 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Crowdsourcing evidence – such as from these food vendors in Fort Portal, Uganda – is vital to foster citizens agency. But you must engage and listen (Photo: Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures)

    Encouraging dialogue and dissent

    A new IIED partnership is looking to foster "citizens agency" – but are we ready to listen to citizens who challenge what we say?

    15 March 2016 | Blog | Communication
  • A village in North Sri Lanka benefits from energy provided by a solar panel (Photo: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, via Creative Commons

    IIED and Hivos set up 'Change Labs' on food and energy

    IIED and development organisation Hivos have today launched a two-year strategic partnership to provide research-based policy advice to improve sustainable food systems and access to energy in developing and emerging countries.

    22 January 2014 | News | Energy
  • Matoke sellers in Uganda. Photo: Bill Vorley

    Small producer agency in the globalised market

    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.

    14 May 2013 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • Book urges new development agenda for small-scale farming

    A three-year study of the ways small-scale farmers operate in Africa, Asia and Latin America has prompted calls for a major rethink of development and business interventions.

    29 November 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Farmers sort tomatoes in Ethiopia.

    How small-scale farmers make markets work for them

    Our new book shines light on how small-scale farmers are making their choices — about how to modernise appropriately, and about balancing costs, risks, benefits and uncertainties.

    28 November 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Roasted coffee beans.

    World Food Day: how do you keep co-operatives competitive?

    The Food and Agriculture Organization's 2012 World Food Day focuses on co-operatives.This time around co-operatives need to be what the small-scale farmers actually want. Sometimes that means something quite informal.

    15 October 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Focus on small-scale farming: food or jobs?

    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.”

    31 May 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Boys herd family cows in Wakesi, Kenya while dark grey storm clouds gather behind.

    Looking beyond land to support rural youth

    This was one of the conclusions of participants at a provocative seminar ‘Rural youth today, farmers tomo

    30 May 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 6: Rural youth today, farmers tomorrow?

    This seminar is the sixth in a series being initiated by the IIED /HIVOS Knowledge Programme: Small Producer Agency in Globalised Markets.

    24 May 2012 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Indonesia: Reshaping the debate on small-scale farmers

    17 February 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Productores de pequeña escala como actores en el mercado globalizado. Encuentro de la Red de Aprendizaje Latinoamericana, Lima, setiembre 2011

    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.

    30 September 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Small-scale producers in the globalised market

    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.

    23 September 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Corporate responsibility: what's in a name?

    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.

    27 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Just how inclusive is ‘inclusive business’?

    Discussion at the latest of the IIED-Hivos ‘provocations’ in Brussels last week (22 June) suggests that the first step in assessing how ‘pro-poor’ business contributes to development and smallholder empowerment, is to understand what we mean by the word ‘inclusive’.

    27 June 2011 | Article |
  • Fair trade: still centred on smallholders?

    To what extent do approaches such as fair trade, corporate social responsibility and inclusive business models allow the private sector to meet commercial objectives while also reducing poverty and empowering small-scale farmers? This was the question posed at the latest in a series of IIED and Hivos ‘provocations’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels last week (22 June).

    27 June 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 5: Pro-poor business, development and smallholder empowerment

    The fifth in a series of seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Brussels, Belgium on 22 June 2011. View video and reports from the event

    21 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Investing in smallholders and workers is good for business

    Across the developing world, food systems and supply chains are changing — exports are rising, particularly in fresh foods, supermarkets are playing an increasingly important role and there is a growing number of standards for safety, ethics and environment.

    21 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 4: Making markets work for smallholders or wage labour?

    The fourth in a series of six seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Manchester, United Kingdom on 25 May 2011.

    7 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • A growing call for organisation

    In The Hague, Stockholm and Paris we have heard the call for more support to producer organisations through which small-scale farmers can have a voice in the market. This call was re-iterated at the latest IIED/HIVOS provocation ‘Making markets work for smallholders or wage labour?’ — held in Manchester, United Kingdom, last week, in collaboration with The University of Manchester.

    2 June 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Does the development community focus too strongly on smallholders? (Credit: Flickr/United Nations Photo)

    Fast track out of poverty: farm labour or smallholder?

    When IIED and Hivos launched their ‘provocation’ seminars late

    2 June 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Markets for the poor: the gap between theory and practice

    Within development circles, there’s a common, if recent, mantra that the key to reducing poverty in the global South lies in investing in agriculture. Increasingly that investment focuses on building bridges between small-scale farmers and private markets in approaches known as ‘markets for the poor’.

    6 April 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • NGOs: friend or foe to markets for the poor?

    The latest ‘provocation’ seminar from IIED and Hivos, held in Paris last week (30 March), began by asking who are the contents and discontents of development approaches to make markets work for the

    6 April 2011 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 3: Making markets work for the poor - contents and discontents

    The third in a series of six seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Paris, France on 30 March 2011.

    9 March 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 2: Rights-based versus market-based development

    The second in a series of six seminars on markets and small-scale farmers took place in Stockholm, Sweden on 3 March 2011. Watch video of the event.

    10 February 2011 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Provocation 1: Producer agency and the agenda to make markets work for the poor

    The first of a series of ‘provocative seminars’ on smallholders and the ‘pro-poor markets’ agenda took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 28th September 2010. Local and international participants gathered to discuss a series of questions put forward by ‘provocateurs’ from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    9 November 2010 | Article | Food and agriculture
  • Uganda meeting

    Making markets work for small-scale farmers? A series of ‘provocation’ seminars

    IIED, Hivos and collaborating institutions organised a travelling series of ‘provocation’ seminars to challenge conventional wisdom on how to include smallholders in markets and bring fresh perspectives to the discussion on what works and why

    16 September 2010 | Event | Food and agriculture
  • Has agriculture been a winner in the economic downturn?

    While the downturn has hit many economic sectors hard, have farmers prospered?

    14 June 2010 | Blog | Economics
  • Global network to help African farmers navigate globalised markets

    The network will gather producers, business people, nongovernmental organisations and others from across the global South to produce knowledge that can inform better policies and practices.

    2 December 2009 | News | Food and agriculture
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