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July 22, 2020Knowledge Portal
Protracted crisis, food security and the fantasy of resilience in Sudan

This article uses examples from Sudan to examine how and why the resilience ‘regime of practices’ has functioned as a form of neoliberal governmentality, and argues that it has created a fantasy in which conflict in Darfur is invisible. Social and political analysts, however, have criticized resilience approaches for failing to consider power relations. »

July 13, 2020Knowledge Portal
Not only the seed matters: Farmers’ perceptions of sources for banana planting materials in Uganda

This study applied a means-end chain analysis to understand farmers’ perceptions of formal and informal sources of banana planting material. Farmers associated formal sources mainly with improved cultivars, tissue culture plantlets and low levels of diversity. Informal seed sources were mostly associated with traditional cultivars, suckers and high levels of diversity. »

July 13, 2020Knowledge Portal
Gender and trait preferences for banana cultivation and use in sub-saharan Africa: A literature review

This article systematically reviewed the scholarly and gray literature on banana trait preferences, with specific attention to studies that document gender-differentiated traits. Farmers (as producers, processors, and consumers) often prefer traditional cultivars because of their superior consumption attributes, even if new cultivars have better agronomic and host plant resistance characteristics. »

June 23, 2020Knowledge Portal
Towards concerted government efforts? Assessing nutrition policy integration in Uganda

This study uses a novel policy integration perspective to investigate the extent to which eight ministries in Uganda integrated nutrition concerns across their policy outputs between 2001 and 2017. The study found a shift towards increased integrated government action on nutrition over time. The 2011–2015 analysis period was a critical juncture where increased integration of nutrition was observed in all policy integration dimensions across all ministries »

June 23, 2020Knowledge Portal
Can household dietary diversity inform about nutrient adequacy? Lessons from a food systems analysis in Ethiopia

This study examined the use of the household dietary diversity score (HDDS) to assess household nutrient adequacy in Ethiopia. he study found suggestive evidence within the food systems that improving household-incomes, access to health and transport services are beneficial to improve HDDS and nutrient consumption in Ethiopia. »

June 19, 2020Knowledge Portal
Home food availability, food insecurity and nutrition knowledge are key factors influencing dietary diversity among adolescent girls in Southern Ethiopia

This study examined the dietary diversity and its determinants among in-school adolescent girls in two regions in Southern Ethiopia. Unsurprisingly, food availability at home and food insecurity followed by nutrition knowledge were significantly associated with dietary diversity score. »