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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.

Research Series 69: Structural and rural transformation and food systems: a quantitative synthesis for LMICs

April 2022
Using country-level data from 85 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), this paper outlines a food systems index (FSI) and analyses the linkages between food systems and structural and rural transformation, as well as population distributions.

Research Series 68: Exploring a food system index for understanding food system transformation processes

April 2022
This paper explores the prospects for a food system index (FSI) capturing several key components that influence differences in food system performance at the country level.

Research Series 67: Towards food systems transformation – five paradigm shifts for healthy, inclusive and sustainable food systems

April 2022
This paper highlights five fundamental paradigm shifts that are required to overcome trade-offs and build synergies between health and nutrition, inclusive livelihoods, environmental sustainability, and food system resilience.

How to do note: Integrating the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) in IFAD operations

March 2022
This note provides practical guidance on how to roll out the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) for IFAD-funded projects.

Understanding market demand: How to use focus group discussions in the development of inclusive insurance

February 2022
Understanding market demand is a critical step in the process of developing solutions to meet the risk management needs of rural poor people, particularly with regard to insurance.

How to do note: Seeking, free, prior and informed consent in IFAD investment projects

October 2021
This note offers practical guidance for IFAD staff, consultants and in-country partners for seeking FPIC in the design and implementation of IFAD-funded projects and programmes, in compliance with IFAD policies and procedures.

The Biodiversity Advantage: Thriving with nature - biodiversity for sustainable livelihoods and food systems

October 2021
IFAD’s second Biodiversity Advantage report showcases five IFAD projects which highlight the integral importance of biodiversity in agriculture.

Making agricultural and climate risk insurance gender inclusive: How to improve access to insurance for rural women

October 2021
IFAD’s technical assistance programme INSURED (Insurance for rural resilience and economic development) has been building knowledge about how to strengthen women producers’ access to climate risk insurance.

Research Series Issue 66: Can perceptions of reduction in physical water availability affect irrigation behaviour? Evidence from Jordan

August 2021
We investigate how perceptions of physical water availability in the past are related to farmers’ current irrigation behaviour.

Rapid prototyping for inclusive insurance: Testing customer challenges and gaining early insights on feasibility

June 2021
Prototyping aims to gather direct feedback on the solution and the wider insurance scheme, incorporate changes before pilot testing, and make any additional adjustments before the official roll-out.

Research Series Issue 65: Impacts of agricultural value chain development in a mountainous region: Evidence from Nepal

May 2021
This analysis investigates the potential mechanism and the practical significance of the impacts of agricultural value chain development in a geographically challenging rural area of a developing country.

How to do note: Crop selection for diet quality and resilience

March 2021
This How to Do Note is part of a series of five Notes that accompany the NUS Operational Framework.

How to do note: Market needs and emerging opportunities assessment in NUS value chains

March 2021
This How to Do Note is part of a series of five Notes that accompany the NUS Operational Framework.

How to do note: Promote neglected and underutilized species for domestic markets

March 2021
This How to Do Note is part of a series of five Notes that accompany the NUS Operational Framework.

How to do note: Interventions in support of NUS export markets

March 2021
This How to Do Note is part of a series of five Notes that accompany the NUS Operational Framework.

How to do note: Mainstreaming NUS in national policy for nutrition outcomes

March 2021
This How to Do Note is part of a series of five Notes that accompany the NUS Operational Framework.

The small livestock advantage: A sustainable entry point for addressing SDGs in rural areas

January 2021
This report presents selected achievements and lessons learned from the growing portfolio of small livestock investments supported by IFAD.

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