John Thompson - Research Fellow
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.
The Political Economy of Agricultural Extension Reform Processes in Sub-Saharan AfricaFood Policy (forthcoming)
Agricultural Innovation Systems: Problematising the latest approach for improving agricultural extension and advisory servicesFood Policy (forthcoming)
Ending Hunger and MalnutritionIDS Virtual Bulletin 2 (2012)
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
Learning from Great Transformations Past and Present16 May 2014
By John Thompson
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.