Programme Partnership between Irish Aid and IDS on Hunger Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

What is the Partnership Programme? 

The Programme Partnership between Irish Aid and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on Hunger Reduction and Climate Change Adaption brings together research and capacity development with policy, programmatic and influencing know-how to support action that more effectively reduces poverty and injustice.

Why is it important?

Four years on from Irish Aid's landmark Hunger Task Force Report, hunger reduction remains an enormous challenge. This will become more difficult in the context of resource scarcity, climate change, and an increased demand for food in the emerging economies. Efforts to reduce hunger will need to become more aligned and intertwined with, and ultimately embedded within, efforts to improve the capacity of the poorest to adapt to a changing climate.

What is the intended impact?

To enable development efforts to be more effective, by bringing evidence and learning to policy and programmes. Mobilising what is understood globally and using it to influence the behaviour and practice of actors working in national and international contexts and to strengthen their capacity to utilise evidence.

How will it do it?

The programme supports the implementation of IDS' strategy and builds on a platform of joint work with Irish Aid, including BRIDGE, the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI), field level lesson learning on social protection and the Capacity Collective. Working primarily in Irish Aid programme countries in Sub Saharan Africa, the programme focuses on identifying and generating different types of responses to the intertwined challenges of hunger and climate change.

Areas of work include:

  • New ways of mainstreaming gender in hunger reduction and climate adaptation policy and programmes.
  • Strengthen linkages between hunger reduction, climate adaptation and social protection programmes.
  • Whole system approaches to unlocking adaptive capacity in areas suffering from seemingly intractable problems.
  • New ways of assessing political commitment to reduce hunger and using such measures to support commitment building.
  • Support to knowledge intermediaries in Ethiopia and Malawi to increase the use of cross-cutting knowledge in hunger and climate change.

For further information about the Programme Partnership, please email Tom Barker.

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T: +44 (0)1273 915727


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Photo of Danny Burns, IDS Participation, Power and Social Change Team leader

T: +44 (0)1273 915612


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T: +44 (0)1273 915767


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Photo of Jim Sumberg, Research Fellow with the Knowledge Technology and Society Team

T: +44 (0)1273 915833


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Photo of Karine Gatellier, Health Convenor in IDS Knowledge Services

T: +44 (0)1273 915739


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T: +44 (0)1273 915687


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T: +44 (0)1273 915616


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T: +44 (0)1273 915609


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Photo of Stephen Devereux, IDS Vulnerability and Poverty Reduction Research Fellow

T: +44 (0)1273 915813


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Tom Barker is the Senior Nutrition Convenor, Knowledge Services Team

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Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility: Evidence from Two Communities in Pakistan

IDS Working Paper (2014)
Balagamwala, M. and Gazdar, H.

Ekoi and Etem in Karamoja - A Study of Decision-making in a Post-conflict Society

Karamoja Action Research Team and Scott-Villiers, P.

The Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI 2012): Measuring Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger and Undernutrition

IDS Evidence Report 25 (2013)
te Lintelo, D., Haddad, L., Lakshman, R. and Gatellier, K.

The HANCI Donor Index 2012: Measuring Donors' Political Commitment to Reduce Hunger and Undernutrition in Developing Countries

IDS Evidence Report 26 (2013)
te Lintelo, D., Haddad, L., Lakshman, R. and Gatellier, K.

Squeezed - Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility, Year 1 Results

Hossain, N., King, R. and Kelbert, A.

Getting Unpaid Care onto Development Agendas

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 31 (2013)
Eyben, R.
Project Dates:
November 2011 - September 2014
Project Status:
Irish Aid
Research Themes / Programmes:
Climate Change
Food Security
Participatory methodologies
Social Protection

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