Jim Sumberg - Research Fellow
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Jim Sumberg is an agriculturalist by training and has over 25 years experience working on small-scale farming systems and agricultural research policy in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. A key research interest has been the dynamics of change within agricultural systems.
There have been two sub-strands to this work. The first explores the persistence of agricultural research and development themes such as de-stocking, mixed farming and fodder legumes despite consistently poor results from promotional programmes.
The second strand focuses on agricultural research as a development intervention. Here he has published on the farming systems research movement; farmer-participatory research; the potential role of concepts from industrial 'new product development' in targeting research; and the value of systems of innovation theory in understanding the challenges to agricultural research in sub-Saharan Africa.
More recently he has worked on the agricultural development potential of "home-grown school feeding", the changing global food system and the growth of interest in 'local' food within the UK.
He joined IDS as a Research Fellow in October 2009. Previously he served as Programme Director at The New Economics Foundation and Senior Lecturer in Natural Resource Management in the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. He has also held research positions at WADRA - the Africa Rice Centre, the International Livestock Centre for Africa, CARE International and the Gambian Livestock Department.
Linking Agricultural Development to School Feeding in Sub-Saharan Africa: Theoretical PerspectivesFood Policy 36.3 (2011)
'Good Farmers’ in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evolving NarrativesFAC Working Paper 021 (2011)
In this paper the example of cocoa production in Ghana is used to explore how the narratives portraying African farmers have changed over the last 70 years. These evolving narratives are explored through the notion of a 'good farmer'. More details
Funding international agricultural research and the need to be noticed: a case study of NERICA riceOutlook on Agriculture 3.37 (2008)
Putting young African researchers at the heart of change14 Apr 2016
By Seife Ayele, Jim Sumberg, Samir Khan
Contested agronomy: more heat than light?18 Feb 2016
By Jim Sumberg, John Thompson, Ken Giller, Jens Andersson
Is agriculture the answer to the Africa youth unemployment challenge?08 Jan 2016
By Jim Sumberg
Are Young People the Answer to Africa’s Food Security?09 Dec 2015
By Jim Sumberg
Youth employment and imagined futures in rural Africa16 Apr 2015
By Jim Sumberg, Justin Flynn, Nana Akua Anyidoho, Thomas Yeboah