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April 28, 2020Knowledge Portal
Climate change, food and nutrition policies in Uganda: Are they gender- and nutrition-sensitive?

This brief draws attention to some gaps in the mainstreaming of gender and nutrition in climate change, and food and nutrition-related policy documents, which may affect the effective implementation of nutrition-focused actions and the realization of improved nutrition outcomes. »

April 15, 2020Knowledge Portal
The forgotten agriculture-nutrition link: Estimating the energy requirements of different farming technologies in rural Zambia

This study compares the energy requirements of farm households in rural Zambia that are characterized by three different levels of mechanization: hand tools, animal draught power and tractors. Results of this study show that during land preparation, individuals in non-mechanized households are, on the average, not able to meet their dietary energy requirements. »

April 6, 2020Knowledge Portal
Sustainable food systems through diversification and indigenous vegetables: An analysis of the Arusha area

This report aims at filling the knowledge gap on the factors and actors that are currently hindering the benefits of indigenous vegetables to materialise, and how governance and policy can support indigenous vegetables in diverse contexts in Arusha, Tanzania. Interdisciplinary research using a politically sensitive food system approach can help develop pathways that make trade-offs more explicit and take into account the interests and incentives of the different actors involved.  »

March 31, 2020Knowledge Portal
Why income lacks to ensure household food security: Needs and challenges identified by consumers from a rural community, South Africa

This study aimed to gain an understanding of the challenges and needs experienced by households with different food security statuses. Results revealed that households had experienced insufficient food supply to such an extent that the household was at risk of becoming food insecure or actually insecure among medium and high‐income groups. »

March 31, 2020Knowledge Portal
Information and communication technologies to provide agricultural advice to smallholder farmers: Experimental evidence from Uganda

This study evaluates the effectiveness of an ICT‐mediated approach to deliver agricultural information in a field experiment conducted among small‐scale maize farmers in eastern Uganda. Households that were shown a short video on how to become better maize farmers were performing significantly better on a knowledge test, more likely to apply recommended practices, and more likely to use fertilizer »

March 9, 2020Knowledge Portal
Market‐led options to scale up legume seeds in developing countries: Experiences from the Tropical Legumes Project

This article states there are several hurdles to ensure sustainable seed production and consistent flow of improved legume varieties in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Diversification of seed sources by linking formal and informal seed systems is a fundamental tool to enhancing seed access to resource‐poor farmers especially those in remote areas. »