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March 7, 2019Knowledge Portal
We’re ready, the system’s not: Youth perspectives on agricultural careers in South Africa

This research was undertaken to better understand the paradox of young people turning away from agricultural employment in spite of such high levels of unemployment in the country. From a youth perspective, the results suggest that the interests and expectations of youth are more than sufficient to warrant substantial investment into engaging them as active co-creators in the re-design of the food system. However, these positive aspirations tended to be at odds with the kinds of jobs created by an increasingly corporatised food regime, »

March 4, 2019Knowledge Portal
Agriculture for improved nutrition: Seizing the momentum

This book strengthens the evidence base for, and expands our vision of, how agriculture can contribute to nutrition. In order to achieve truly nutrition-driven agricultural policies, programs, investments, and strategies, nutrition needs to explicitly be integrated into the design. The most salient theme of this volume is the need for more evidence. More research is needed on the sustainability of agriculture–nutrition interventions. »

February 28, 2019Knowledge Portal
Women’s empowerment in agriculture: Lessons from qualitative research

This paper synthesizes qualitative research conducted conjointly with quantitative surveys, to develop a project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI). Economic status was an important component, meaning that empowered women can take care of themselves, their families, and their communities. Conceptions of empowerment among researchers may diverge from those of rural women and men in different contexts. Future development programming and research should be more sensitive to the norms and beliefs shaping rural livelihoods to improve outcomes »

January 7, 2019Knowledge Portal
From agriculture to nutrition

This brief aims to present lessons learned to date in the implementation of nutrition-sensitive agriculture activities and their impact on dietary diversity in the target communities. The lessons of the programme complement and reiterate the evidence to date in NSA. Agriculture diversity alone will have limited impact on women and infant’s dietary diversity and consideration must be given to income generating activities, market access, intra-household dynamics and social and behaviour change communication strategies »

LEAP-Agri projects with Dutch input
December 4, 2018News
LEAP-Agri projects with Dutch input

LEAP-Agri is an African Union – European Union partnership between thirty partners aimed at research and innovation for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). The partnership has awarded funds to 27 projects. Please find below the 14 projects in which a Dutch team is involved. AFRICA-MILK Full project title: Promote ecological intensification and »

October 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
The state of food and agriculture 2018: Migration, agriculture and rural development

The key focus of this year’s SOFA report is rural migration, which constitutes a considerable portion of both internal and international migration flows. Policy coherence between migration and agriculture and rural development policies essential to ensure safe, orderly and regular migration. »