Agriculture is a key pathway out of poverty. Getting growth moving through different types of agriculture in ways that benefit poor people is a major policy priority. However, while many of the technical problems and solutions are well known, previous efforts have been found wanting.

IDS research aims to revitalise the debate on agriculture. Our focuses are on the politics of policy processes surrounding agricultural development, particularly in Africa. Through context sensitive research in a diversity of settings, we aim to explore new pathways for sustainable agriculture which benefit the poor and marginalised.

Work on agriculture involves a number of IDS teams and is conducted with partners worldwide.

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Accountability for Health Equity Programme

Since the publication of the 2004 World Development Report a range of different attempts have been made to make the design, prioritisation and delivery of health services more accountable to different stakeholders. However, complex politics and power dynamics can limit or skew people's abilities to access services or hold them to account, particularly for poor and marginalized people. More details

AllAfrica and IDS development reporting initiative

IDS and AllAfrica have teamed up to produce and distribute compelling multi-media content on critical issues for Africa’s future, as part of a development reporting initiative. More details

Assessing the Impact of Conflict and the Effects of WFP Humanitarian Interventions on Moderate Acute Malnutrition and Other Developmental Outcomes in Mali

This project is a multidisciplinary research partnership involving IFPRI, PCD, IDS and WFP which builds on a unique pre-crises baseline conducted in early 2012 to provide rigorous evidence for policymakers on the effects of humanitarian interventions by WFP on child malnutrition in in Mali. More details

Bridging the Gap Evaluation

This is a mid-term evaluation of the Bridging the Gaps Programme a global program operating in 16 countries across all the main key populations at-risk for HIV. More details

Changing health and welfare in China and the UK

The project looks at the changing role of state and non-government actors in providing social services in China’s rapidly evolving welfare regime, and aims to promote mutual learning between officials and researchers in China and the UK. Despite historical, social and institutional differences, there is a degree of similarity in strategies emerging. More details

Childhood Vaccination in West Africa

Vaccines for children are currently high on international policy, aid and funding agendas, as a major promised means to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Yet major challenges have emerged in ensuring effective coverage and dealing with public anxieties. More details

Childhood Vaccination: Science and Public Engagement

Vaccines for children are currently high on international policy, aid and funding agendas, as a major promised means to meet the Millennium Development Goals. Yet major challenges have emerged in ensuring effective coverage and dealing with public anxieties. More details

China Health Development Forum

The China Health Development Forum is an informal association coordinated by the Chinese Health Economics Institute (CHEI) and IDS. More details

Citizen Engagement Programme (CEP)

An empowerment and accountability programme aimed at improving the quality of health and education services in Mozambique. More details

Dynamic Drivers of Disease in Africa Consortium

A STEPS-led consortium of researchers aiming to advance understanding of the connections between disease and environment in Africa, focusing on animal-to-human disease transmission.. More details

Ebola: Lessons for development

IDS researchers argue that there is an urgent need to look beyond the immediate, on-the-ground concerns of disease control and containment to consider the bigger and broader questions about international development. More details

Ensuring Health Care for the Rural Poor: alternative approaches in China and Vietnam

A comparative study of rural health care services undertaken in collaboration with partners in Vietnam and China. More details

Final External Review of the Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme

This independent external review aimed to determine the extent to which the three year Cross-Cutting Disability Research Programme (CCDRP) in Nepal, India, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya, has met its expected impact, outcome and outputs. More details

Future Health Systems Research Programme Consortium

Future Health Systems is a research consortium working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor. More details

Health Systems Global Communications

IDS is working with Health Systems Global (HSG) to develop communications, share messages and engage with its members and the global community. More details

Human Development Innovation Fund

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) identifies and supports innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) across Tanzania. More details

Independent Evaluation of the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Kenya Programme

An evaluation of a programme in Kenya to avert maternal and neonatal deaths through nationwide life saving skills training for health professionals, and integrated health system strengthening in selected counties. More details

Interactions Eldis Website

Interactions is an IDS-hosted interactive online resource on Empowering Women and Girls, featuring real-time research and analysis. The website features up-to-the minute research findings and policy analysis on gender-based violence, urban health and unpaid care work from IDS and partners More details

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health

Livestock, Livelihoods and Health is an interdisciplinary research programme exploring diseases that can be transmitted from wild or domesticated animals to people (known as zoonoses). More details

Myanmar Pig Partnership

The Myanmar Pig Partnership is focusing on the risks of zoonotic disease emergence associated with the rapid growth and intensification of livestock production in Myanmar in recent years. More details

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IDS publications on international development research

Land Reform and Farm Choice in Romania

Problems of Post-Communism 48.4 (2001)
IDS publications on international development research

Citizens' juries on GMOs and farming futures in India

LEISA Magazine on Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture 17.4 (2001)
IDS publications on international development research

Dynamics and Diversity: Soil Fertility and Farming Livelihoods in Africa

The management of Africa's soils is one of the major challenges facing agriculture and livelihoods in the 21st century. Policies to address this trend to assume that soils are being degraded on a large scale, and farmers' practices often contribute to a 'downward spiral' of degradation and poverty - a familiar narrative of negative environmental change. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Plural perspectives and institutional dynamics: challenges for community forestry

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology (IJARGE) 1.3, 1.4 (2001)
IDS publications on international development research

South Africa Country Paper

SLSA Working Paper 6 (2001)
IDS publications on international development research

New shapes to shift: war, parks and the hunting persona in modern West Africa

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 6.4 (2000)
IDS publications on international development research

Mozambique Country Paper

SLSA Working Paper 2 (2000)
IDS publications on international development research

Land Theme Paper

SLSA Working Paper (2000)
IDS Working Paper

Will Africa's Participation in Horticulture Chains Survive Liberalisation?

IDS Working Paper 106 (2000)

Trade in horticulture is an African success story. Kenyan and Zimbabwean producers are now well established in the value chain. The question now is how to maintain or improve upon this position in a highly competitive market. More details

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Global Science, Global Policy: Local to Global Policy Processes for Soils Management in Africa

IDS Working Paper 115 (2000)

The creation and selling of ideas of global environmental crisis has been a core characteristic of the post-Rio decade. Global science and global policymaking processes are central to these crises. More details

IDS Research Report

Analysing Policy for Sustainable Livelihoods

IDS Research Report 49 (2000)

This report argues that it is possible to use the Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) approach as a starting point for bridging the gap between bottom-up livelihoods analysis and top-down policy analysis. More details

IDS Research Report

Agricultural Intensification in Ethiopia and Mali

IDS Research Report 48 (2000)

Agricultural intensification, in all its different forms, is one of the three major strategies adopted by households in order to attain a livelihood. This paper presents research findings on agricultural intensification from Ethiopia and Mali field research carried out under the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme. The paper focuses on the determinants of agricultural intensification in five research sites, in order to identify which factors inhibit or facilitate the process of agricultural change. More details