Theme 1 has six focus countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, we collaborate with partner institutions in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. In Asia, our activities focus on Bangladesh and Vietnam.
Theme 1 - Social and economic dimensions of smallholder based agriculture and food security
Raising smallholder productivity, combatting hunger and improving rural livelihoods require interventions to improve technology use, enhance women’s participation and stimulate inclusive and efficient markets. Capacity building and translating research into policy are the main objectives of this program.
Of the 600 million farms found in the world today, 85% are smaller than 2 ha. In terms of employment global agriculture is heavily concentrated in the smallholder sector, while the smallholder sector, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, is sadly coincident with rural poverty.
The overlap between rural poverty, food insecurity and smallholder farming points to the crucial role of the sector in alleviating hunger and malnutrition among the global poor.
To enable context specific interventions, that take into consideration geographic differences in production systems, markets and demography, existing research are synthesized in four key areas:
- Gender segmented markets and production systems and how this segmentation relates to local and regional institutions as well as livelihood sources found outside agriculture
- How local and regional conditions for agriculture and food security vary, given geographical differences in production systems and value chains in relation to urbanization, infrastructure, mobility and macro-economic conditions
- Gender- and generational aspects of sustainable intensification and productivity increases related to input markets, commodity markets as well as institutions of relevance to technology transfer.
- The cultural and demographic conditions for agriculture and food security in the context of modernisation, generational shifts, shrinking farm sizes and changing patterns of migration in which young people, and young women especially, increasingly aspire to leave agriculture.
Synthesis of existing research will be achieved through knowledge exchange between Swedish researchers and researchers in partner organisations in the global South. As capacity building and translating research into policy are the main objectives of this programme, courses and workshops will be offered for young researchers on communicating research findings effectively to policymakers and other stakeholders.
Reports from Theme 1
- AgriFoSe report 1, 2017 "Agricultural policy in sub-Saharan Africa and its relevance for smallholder farmers, women and youth - A policy baseline report for sub-Saharan Africa at the continental, regional and national level"
- AgriFoSe report 2, 2017 "Gender and generational aspects of sustainable intensification – social-economic dimensions of Kenyan smallholder based agriculture and food security"
- AgriFoSe report 4, 2018 "A review of Uganda’s agricultural policy and how it addresses AgriFose2030’s target groups"
- AgriFoSe report 5, 2018 "Local and regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security in Uganda"
- AgriFoSe report 6, 2018 "Gendered land rights and access to land in countries experiencing declining farm size"
- AgriFoSe report 7, 2018 "Local and regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security in Kenya"
- AgriFoSe report 8, 2018"Gender segmented markets and production systems in Malawi"
- AgriFoSe report 9, 2018 "Agricultural policy baseline report - Bangladesh"
- AgriFoSe report 10, 2018 "Local and regional variations in conditions for agriculture and food security in Tanzania: A review"
- AgriFoSe report 13, 2019 "Local and regional variations in conditions for agricultural and food security in Tanzania"
Networking for enhanced agricultural development and food security
A new network run by AgriFoSe2030 and International livestock research institute, ILRI, aims to develop a pool of policy analysts to sustainably support the development, implementation and evaluation of polices for enhanced agricultural transformation and food security in Kenya. Read more about the network here.
In this network, AgriFoSe2030 and ILRI have produced these briefs:
- November 2018. ILRI and AgriFose2030 support Kenyan scientists to disseminate their research in a policy dialogue and dissemination forum
- October 2018. Improving camel milk quality and safety for higher incomes for pastoralists
- October 2018. Safe traditional vegetables for increased income, food security and nutrition
- October 2018. Droughts in Eastern Kenya: What this means for drought management
- October 2018. Improving tick-borne diseases control in Kenya: A strategy to incorporate multiple approaches
- October 2018. Prickly pear cactus invasion: a major threat to biodiversity and food security in the drylands of Kenya
- October 2018. Looming threat from disease: a wake up call for Kenyan tilapia fish production
- October 2018. In the "Big Four", food security looms tall - but not without irrigated wheat
- October 2018. Replenish millions of Kenyan household's granaries through forest restoration
- October 2018. Conservation agriculture: can it safeguard our soils?
- October 2018. Awakening the underutilised potential of tourism at the Mount Elgon protected areas, Trans Nzoia and Bungoma counties
- October 2018. Urban agriculture: The neglected gem for food security in Kenya
- October 2018. Commercial pasture production and its economic feasibility in asal counties
- New network for enhanced agricultural development and food security
- Visting researcher focuses on droughts and climate variability
- “It is all about linking theory to practice” – new AgriFoSe2030 visiting researcher aims to make her research matter for policy
- In the search for food security, how can African scientists make themselves heard?
- Food security in Sub Saharan Africa - one step towards bridging the research policy gap
- ILRI and ReSAKSS-ECA train African researchers in influencing agricultural policies
- Gender-based equality brings about less poverty and better nutrition
- Translating food security research into practice
- Karin Lindsjö on the quest to understand rural intergenerational challenges in Tanzania
- Nurturing a Network of Policy Analysts for Enhanced Agricultural Development and Food and Nutrition Security in Kenya
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