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September 12, 2017Knowledge Portal
Counting the hours: The challenges of measuring time use

This blog discusses the challenges associated with collecting time-use data in developing countries. Data from Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index surveys are used to compare the most commonly used methods of data collection to measure time: stylized survey questions and time diaries. »

September 11, 2017Knowledge Portal
Greenhouse gas emission analyses from nine agricultural development projects reveal mitigation options

This blog discusses analyses which show that some agricultural practices contribute to improved food security and climate change mitigation. These analyses can help prioritize agricultural practices that contribute to sustainable development goals in food security and climate. »

September 6, 2017Knowledge Portal
The long tail of the seed industry

This blog discusses the importance of smaller regional seed companies in the delivery and adoption of new technologies to smallholder farmers. Within the seed industry there is a small group of big global players and a long tail of smaller regional, national and niche players. »

August 28, 2017Knowledge Portal
Beyond nutrition, investing in livestock can also deliver on health

This blog describes how the livestock sector could contribute to nutrition and public health, while also describing the risks on the human-animal interface. Animal-sourced foods are important sources of nutrition and health, providing a broad spectrum of nutrients, energy and protein. »

August 23, 2017Knowledge Portal
Integrating behavioural change to accelerate women’s economic empowerment

This blog elaborates on the how behavioral change within the household can accelerate women’s empowerment. Whereas increasing access to inputs, finance, markets and knowledge for female farmers makes sense in areas where access is lacking, it is also important to examine factors that could influence whether female farmers will actually make use of this access and benefit from it. »

August 8, 2017Knowledge Portal
Researchers refute claim that world needs to double food production

This blog discusses a recent study, which challenges the familiar assertion that “to feed the world, we need to double food production by 2050.” The authors of the study aim to balance this narrative by laying out quantitative and compelling mid-century targets for both production and the environment. »