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September 10, 2019Knowledge Portal
The political economy of food

This issue examines a range of perspectives on power in food systems, and the various active players, relationships, activities, and institutions that play a major role in shaping them. In aiming to understand power in the food system, there are many different disciplinary, epistemological, and ideological entry points into the study of power, and seeking a single approach will likely limit the insights that different disciplines and research orientations can bring to the study of food systems. »

November 13, 2018Knowledge Portal
Policies that strengthen the nexus between food, health, ecology, livelihoods and identities

This article explores the connection between food, health, ecology, livelihoods and identities and offers feasible pathways on how to place the virtuous interplay between sustainable and diversified local food systems and healthy diets at the core of the public policy agenda. While technology and resources can definitely help, the fundamental challenge is one of devising policies and regulations. »

October 16, 2018Knowledge Portal
Breaking away from industrial food and farming systems: Seven case studies of agroecological transition

This report shines light on ways to drive transitions in food and farming systems, breaking away from industrial agriculture. Changes are required in four key dimensions: production practices, knowledge generationand dissemination, social and economic relations, and institutional frameworks. »

July 26, 2018Knowledge Portal
Solutions from connections: 10 elements of agroecology that can guide us toward sustainable food systems

This article is on how to produce more food for the growing population with less fresh water, arable soil, available land for agriculture, or clean seas for fisheries. Agroecology is the concept and practice of managing and boosting nature’s own ecological process to improve productivity and avoid farming griefs. »

February 12, 2018Knowledge Portal
Can agricultural aspirations influence preferences for new technologies

This paper describes a choice experiment framed around the hypothetical subsidized purchase of a drip irrigation system in Pakistan. This study identified a clear increase in the valuation of the drip system by farmers after a few years of drip experience. »

December 12, 2017Knowledge Portal
System of crop intensification for more productive, resource-conserving, climate-resilient, and sustainable agriculture: experience with diverse crops in varying agroecologies

This article reviews what is becoming known about various farmer-centred innovations for agroecological crop management that can contribute to agricultural sustainability. These changes represent the emerging system of crop intensification, which is being increasingly applied in Asian, African, and Latin American countries.  »