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Lessons Learned from the Resilient Food Systems Programme

February 2024

This publication presents the results of the Resilient Food Systems programme which aims to strengthen policy dialogue and decision-making in 12 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

From Rhetoric to Reality: Donor coordination for food systems transformation

December 2023

This report provides practical guidance for donors and their partners to better coordinate and align for food systems transformation and rural development.

Rapid Evidence Assessment: The role of smallholder producers and small and medium-sized enterprises across the Food Systems Summit action tracks

September 2023

This Rapid Evidence Assessment summarizes the role of smallholder producers and SMEs across the five Action Tracks associated with the Food Systems Summit 2022.

Addressing overweight and obesity in LMICs in rural development and food systems: A country mapping

June 2023

This report combines the results of an exploratory country mapping commissioned by IFAD on overweight and obesity.

Addressing overweight and obesity in LMICs in rural development and food systems: A comprehensive literature review

June 2023

This literature review explores how IFAD can contribute to food system transformation and mitigate the rising incidence of overweight and obesity in low and middle-income countries.

IFAD Research Series - Issue 91: Addressing overweight and obesity in LMICs in the realm of rural development and food systems

June 2023

This paper presents the findings of a literature review of the main drivers of overweight and obesity, described using a food systems framework and illustrated with examples from five countries.

Resilient Food Systems Programme Highlights 2022

May 2023

Resilient Food Systems promotes a holistic approach to enhancing agricultural productivity and restoring degraded landscapes in smallholder farming systems. This report showcases the achievements and innovations of the programme in 2022 across 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Research Series 85: Financing climate adaptation and resilient agricultural livelihoods

June 2022

Moving to a process that contributes to improving rather than endangering livelihoods is the challenge that climate change adaptation and resilience-building efforts currently face.

Research Series 82: Contributions of information and communication technologies to food systems transformation

June 2022

Using a food systems approach, this paper reviews existing evidence and discusses the conditions, rural population segments, and timelines needed to achieve desired outcomes.

Research Series 81: Food and water systems in semi-arid regions – case study: Egypt

June 2022

This paper explores the role of water in Egypt’s food system and the dilemma the country faces: raise food self-sufficiency by allocating freshwater resources from the Nile to food production, or rely on food imports from water-abundant regions worldwide.

Research Series 79: The position of export crops banana and cocoa in food systems analysis with special reference to the role of certification schemes

June 2022

In this paper, the certification requirements and schemes of two export commodities—banana and cocoa—are discussed using food system analysis.

Agroecology: a holistic path towards sustainable food systems

June 2022

Agroecology applies ecological principles to agriculture and ensures a regenerative use of natural resources and ecosystem services, while addressing the need for socially equitable food systems in which people can choose what they eat and how it is produced.

Research Series 78: The Small and Medium Enterprises’ quiet revolution in the hidden middle of food systems in developing regions

May 2022

This paper explores the rise of SMEs in transforming food systems—from traditional, to transitional, to modern.

IFAD Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool: Briefing note on application and learning in Kenya and Eswatini

May 2022

This briefing note provides a background of the Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool and case studies from projects in Kenya and Eswatini.

Research Series Issue 75: Reverse thinking: taking a healthy diet perspective towards food systems transformations

May 2022

This paper argues that food systems transformation should incorporate a dietary perspective that is guided by information on diets, dietary trends, consumer motives, and the food environment characteristics.

Research Series 74: Women’s empowerment, food systems, and nutrition

May 2022

This background paper examines the linkages and interactions between women’s empowerment, food systems, and nutrition.

Research Series 73: Food systems and rural wellbeing: challenges and opportunities

May 2022

This paper provides a framework for assessing the dynamics of rural wellbeing and food systems change.

Research Series 72: Climate change and food system activities - a review of emission trends, climate impacts and the effects of dietary change

May 2022

This article reviews how food system activities contribute to climate change and how dietary changes affect food systems. It shows that while emissions from food production are increasing in most regions, emissions from land use change are decreasing.

Research Series 71: Urbanizing food systems: exploring opportunities for rural transformation

May 2022

This paper shows that while anticipated increases in food demand by 2050 can largely be met regionally, potential yield increases or diversification will not contribute automatically to inclusive rural transformation. Instead, urbanization may potentially increase rural inequality and poverty.

 

Research Series 70: Do not transform food systems on the backs of the rural poor

May 2022

Although the importance of inclusion in food system transformation is gaining traction, this paper argues that recent research and discourse on the topic is insufficient and that specific actions are needed to ensure that this transformation does not take place on the backs of the rural poor.

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