John Thompson - Research Fellow
Knowledge Technology and Society
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Agriculture; Land Reform and Rights; Livestock and Pastoralism; Agri-food Business and Agricultural Trade; Climate Change; Environment; Globalisation; Science and Society; Water and Sanitation.
Central and South Asia; East Asia (excluding Japan and South Korea); Non-OECD Europe; North America; OECD Europe; Sub Saharan Africa.
John Thompson has worked on power, policy and sustainability issues in food and agriculture, water resource management and rural development for nearly 25 years, in both developing and industrialised countries.
He joined IDS in October 2006 as a Research Fellow and serves as Joint Co-ordinator of the Future Agricultures Consortium, which aims to encourage critical debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa and other developing regions.
Previously, he served as Director of the Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, and Director of Research and Development of Just Food, New York City. Thompson has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, technical papers and reports, and is author and co-editor of several books.
In addition, he has sat on several international task forces, advisory panels and editorial boards, and has worked as a Research Associate at the National Environment Secretariat, Kenya, a Research Fellow at Clark and Harvard Universities, USA, and a Fellow at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria.
Agricultural Innovation Systems: Problematising the latest approach for improving agricultural extension and advisory services
Ending Hunger and Malnutrition
The first article in this virtual IDS Bulletin is by Michael Lipton and dates from 1982. In that year the WHO stunting rate for children of preschool age in sub-Saharan Africa was 39 per cent. In 2012 the rate is still 39 per cent. More details
Contested Agronomy: Agricultural Research in a Changing World
Over the last 40 years, suggest the editors of Contested agronomy, agricultural research in the developing world has been profoundly influenced by three powerful trends. More details
The Politics of Seed in Africa’s Green Revolution
This IDS Bulletin takes one element of a bigger debate - the future of cereal seed systems in Africa - and examines some of the challenges, dilemmas, prospects and possibilities for the future, deploying an explicitly critical analytical lens to look at the political economy of seed systems in Africa's Green Revolution. More details
Addressing the Dynamics of Agri-Food Systems: An Emerging Agenda for Social Science Research
The ‘modernist’ project that has come to dominate food and agricultural policy has failed to provide sustainable outcomes for many poor people in developing countries. More details
Environmental Change and Maize Innovation in Kenya: Exploring Pathways in and out of Maize
This paper summarises findings of the STEPS Environmental Change and Maize Innovation in Kenya project. Maize is an important staple crop in Kenya, socially, politically and economically. More details
Reforming the Global Food and Agriculture System: Towards a Questioning Agenda for the New Manifesto
Farmer First Revisited: Innovation for Agricultural Research and Development
"Farmer First Revisited is a powerful testament to the impact the Farmer First approach to agricultural research and development has had and continues to have in the twenty years since the first volume on this topic was published." More details
Empowering Designs: Steps Towards More Progressive Social Appraisal of Sustainability
The challenges of designing new frameworks for social appraisal aimed at sustainability and social justice are reviewed by this paper. Here, 'social appraisal' refers to the ways society gathers knowledges to inform policy decisions and discourse and a number of key features of potentially more empowering 'pathways' approaches are identified. More details
Dynamic Systems and the Challenge of Sustainability
Dynamism, uncertainty and complexity dominate today's world. Yet many policy interventions ignore this, and so often fail. What is missing is a rigorous and systematic approach to addressing dynamics, one that encompasses an understanding of complex system dynamics and provides a useable guide to action. More details
Drawers of Water II: 30 Years of Change in Domestic Water Use and Environmental Health in East Africa
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