Accelerating progress in reducing hunger and undernutrition

Progress in reducing food insecurity, hunger and undernutrition vital to achieving the MDGs, yet has slowed and in some cases been reversed in the wake of food price spikes and the global economic downturn.

Acceleration hunger programme - Robert McNamara and Uma Lele

Led by Dolf te Lintelo, this DFID supported four-year programme develops:

  1. Evidence-based policy options that enhance linkages between agriculture and nutrition, in particular, to support agricultural value chains that work for poor people and are sensitive to their nutrition requirements.
  2. Real time monitoring methods using SMS technology for rapid and reliable assessment of hunger and nutrition statuses, enabling timely policy interventions.
  3. Innovative metrics to monitor governments’ political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. This work develops a Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index, which is further supported by Irish Aid and Oxfam India.

The programme will enable policymakers to support greater private sector investment, respond more quickly to hunger crises and facilitate civil society to more effectively monitor national and international commitments on undernutrition and hunger reduction and keep governments to account for delivering on these.

IDS is also a key member of the two recently launched DFID supported nutrition research programme consortia: Transform Nutrition and LANSA and is working with GAIN and USAID on how agri-food value chains can have a bigger nutrition impact. Lawrence Haddad is the UK representative on the UN Committee on World Food Security's High Level Panel of Experts. He was one of the Lead Experts on the UK Government's Foresight's Project on the Future of Food and Farming.

Hunger and nutrition has long been a particular focus of IDS and its Centre for Social Protection programme.

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IDS Policy Briefing

El Seguimiento y Evaluacion Participativos: ¿Como Aprender Del Cambio?

IDS Policy Briefing 12 (2001)

Las organizaciones promotoras del desarrollo necesitan saber qué tan efectivos han sido sus esfuerzos. ¿Pero quién debe hacer estos juicios, y con qué fundamentos? Normalmente son los expertos externos los que se encargan de esta misión. More details

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¿Pueden los pobres ser copartícipes de las estrategias de reducción de la pobreza?

IDS Policy Briefing 13 (2001)

En un nuevo enfoque anunciado por el Banco Mundial y el FMI, se ofrece a la sociedad civil un papel en la definición y puesta en práctica de las estrategias nacionales en contra de la pobreza. Con el fin de tener acceso a reducciones en sus deudas, se pide a los países que prepaen un documento de Estrategia de Reducción de la Pobreza, fundamentado en contribuciones de todos los sectores de la sociedad. More details

IDS Working Paper

In Search of a New Impetus: Practitioners' Reflections on PRA and Participation in Kenya

IDS Working Paper 131 (2001)

From tentative beginnings in the late 1980s, Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) has spread through Kenya 'like a bushfire'. In response to growing demand for 'doing participation', PRA has been popularised and marketised to such an extent that, as one Kenyan practitioner put it, 'everyone is doing something and calling it PRA'. More details

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World Neighbors' Experience of Going Beyond PRA in Kenya

IDS Working Paper 132 (2001)

The paper is a case study of the way that World Neighbors used PRA in a process of community development in one sublocation in Kenya. More details

Modelling the Effects of Trade on Women: A Closer Look at Bangladesh

IDS Working Paper 139 (2001)

This paper builds on previous work on Bangladesh that set out the principles of a gendered computable general equilibrium (CGE) approach by accounting for household work and leisure in addition to standard market sectors. More details

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Identifying Winners and Losers in Southern Africa from Globalisation: Integrating Findings from GTAP and Poverty Case Studies on Global Trade Policy Reform

IDS Working Paper 140 (2001)

This paper aims to develop a methodology for identifying poor winners and losers from trade policy changes. Two methodologies are frequently employed to assess the linkages between trade and poverty, case studies and general equilibrium trade models. It is argued that insights from both can be mutually reinforcing. More details

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Power, Knowledge and Political Spaces in the Framing of Poverty Policy

IDS Working Paper 143 (2001)

This paper explores the dynamics of the making and shaping of poverty policy. It takes as its starting point a critique of linear versions of policy-making, highlighting the complex interplay of power, knowledge and agency in poverty policy processes. More details

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Conflict and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Assessment of the Issues and Evidence

IDS Working Paper 128 (2001)

This Working Paper argues that armed conflicts have been the single most important determinant of poverty and human misery in Sub-Saharan Africa, affecting more than half the countries of the continent during the past two decades. More details

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Education Provision to Nomadic Pastoralists

IDS Working Paper 126 (2001)

Educationally, pastoralists appear to be a paradox. From the point of view of official education they are a complete failure: in terms of enrolment, attendance, classroom performance, achievement, continuity to higher education and gender balance they regularly score badly. More details

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Deprivation, Discrimination and Delivery: Competing Explanations for Child Labour and Educational Failure in South Asia

IDS Working Paper 135 (2001)

The high incidence of both child labour and out-of-school children in the South Asian region has given rise to competing explanations. Broadly speaking, these can be categorised as those which focus on poverty and under-development and those which focus on policy failure and poor implementation of educational services. More details

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'Of Other Spaces'. Situating Participatory Practices: A Case Study from South India

IDS Working Paper 137 (2001)

This paper analyses the particular approach to participatory development developed by SPEECH, an NGO working in Tamil Nadu, India. We explore the extent to which SPEECH's approach transformed gender relations in the communities where they work. More details

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Pluralism and Marketisation in the Health Sector: Meeting Health Needs in Contexts of Social Change in Low and Middle Income Countries

IDS Working Paper 136 (2001)

This paper is part of a broader attempt to identify the key producers of social goods and how social policy interventions can support them. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world currently facing both widespread chronic food insecurity and threats of famine. Why is this so and what can be done? More details

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A Participatory Approach in Practice: Understanding Fieldworkers' Use of Participatory Rural Appraisal in ActionAid The Gambia

IDS Working Paper 123 (2001)

Why do fieldworkers use participatory approaches as they do? This paper uses a case study of fieldworkers'use of Pariticipatory Rural Appraisal in ActionAid the Gambia to address this question. More details

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Decentralisation and Poverty-Alleviation in Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis or, is West Bengal Unique?

IDS Working Paper 130 (2001)

Advocates of decentralisation in developing countries argue that bringing government closer to the people will make it more responsive and hence more likely to develop policies and outputs which meet the needs of ordinary citizens - the majority of whom are 'the poor'. More details

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From Users and Choosers to Makers and Shapers: Repositioning Participation in Social Policy

IDS Working Paper 127 (2001)

In this paper, we take up these questions. We explore an approach to social policy that sees citizens not only as users or choosers, but as active participants who engage in making and shaping social policy and social provisioning. More details