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September 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
Policy options to accelerate variety change among smallholder farmers in South Asia and Africa South of the Sahara

This discussion paper explores the importance of varietal turnover in advanced and transitional seed systems for food staples in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The genetic improvement of food staple crops cultivated by small-scale farmers is a well-established route to increasing agricultural productivity and improving rural livelihoods. »

September 13, 2017Knowledge Portal
Sustainable diets for healthy people and a healthy planet

This discussion paper connects the dots between sustainable food systems, dietary patterns, health, nutrition and climate change mitigation. Developing a global food system to deliver healthy diets for a growing population, while reducing the environmental impact and reining in climate change, is one of the greatest global challenges of our time. »

August 28, 2017Knowledge Portal
Gender, climate change, and resilient food systems: Lessons from strategic adaptation by smallholder farmers in Cameroon

This discussion paper aims to understand how men and women in Cameroon differ in their vulnerability to and their coping strategies for climate change impacts. According to respondents, climate variables such as the timing and length of the rainy season had changed, affecting crop production of both men and women. Women were shown to be more vulnerable than men. »

August 7, 2017Knowledge Portal
Beyond the agroecological and sustainable agricultural intensification debate: Is blended sustainability the way forward?

This discussion paper examines the debate over two pathways to sustainability, namely sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) and agroecological intensification (AEI). The results reveal that proponents of the SAI pathway are predominantly private sector actors, while support for the AEI pathway comes mainly from international donors, NGOs and civil society actors. »

July 5, 2017Knowledge Portal
Climate change and variability: What are the risks for nutrition, diets, and food systems?

This discussion paper uses a food systems approach to analyze the bidirectional relationships between climate change and food and nutrition along the entire food value chain. The relationship between climate and nutrition is complex. »

June 14, 2017Knowledge Portal
Agriculture, food systems, diets and nutrition in Zambia

This discussion paper describes the potential of agriculture and food systems in Zambia to contribute to improving food and nutrition security. National nutrition and agricultural policy in Zambia recognizes the need to increase and diversify the production of nutritious foods to tackle hunger and improve diets. »