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Agriculture, food systems, diets and nutrition in Zambia

Zambian agricultural production is focused on one staple cereal: maize. Maize makes up the major part of the national diet, while nutrient-rich foods such as legumes, animal-source foods, fruit and vegetables are eaten in small quantities, particularly amongst the poorest families.Many Zambians live with food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of poor diets: seasonal hunger affects...

Building future food leaders: A change makers guide

The food system is transitioning. New initiatives, start-ups and networks of changemakers are emerging at the grassroots level, harbouring ideas and massive potential to break through. Still, we struggle with enormous challenges: depletion of natural resources, hunger and obesity existing concurrently, climate change, soil erosion and so on. The urgency for a different, more sustainable and...

Uganda food change lab: Planning for the future food

Kabarole Research and Resource Centre (KRC), Hivos and IIED convened the Change Lab in 2015. The process in the first year culminated in the country’s first People’s Summit on Food, the outcomes of which will be described in this publication.

We start by summarizing key pointers of the evidence that was collected by KRC and IIED, taken both from the field and literature and covering...

Seeds and ideas: Food as a method in development practice

Ideas seem to happen to us. Like the flashing light bulb in a cartoon. The intention behind this paper is to explore how new ideas that exist outside the mainstream discussions about development can be brought into its narrative and influence its course. And, how food in general, and agricultural biodiversity in particular, can help facilitate this process.

The authors begin the paper...

India open source seed systems

Rio+20 Workshop report

16 June 2012, Pontifica Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. At a session of the IIED Fair Ideas Conference, four speakers explain how in their regions, agrobiodiversity promotes resilience. Hivos and Oxfam Novib organised this session as part of their 3-year knowledge programme Agrobiodiversity @ knowledged.

“We need to put more efforts in empowering communities to manage these...

Jatropha for local development

The Hivos Green Entrepreneurship programme has engaged in various pilot biofuel projects in the recent past, mostly involving the Jatropha plant. These aimed to provide additional cash income for small-scale farmers who grow the crops, and may have additional aims, such as adapting engines, converting the pure plant oil into bio-diesel, or even broader goals such as providing the community...

Overview of jatropha production conclusions, comparisons and lessons learned

Jatropha is not a wonder crop. In the last couple of years, producers and Jatropha‐based projects around the world have all come to this conclusion. The high expectations raised at the height of the Jatropha hype have had to be scaled down over the last four years or so‐‐roughly the period over which the six projects evaluated here have been operational. While some of its properties (see...