Stephen Devereux

Stephen Devereux

Research Fellow

Dr Stephen Devereux is a development economist working predominantly on food security, famine, rural livelihoods, social protection and poverty reduction issues. His research experience has mainly been in eastern and southern Africa, especially Ethiopia, Malawi and Namibia.

His books include ‘Fieldwork in Developing Countries’, ‘Theories of Famine’, ‘Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa’, ‘The New Famines’, ‘Social Protection in Africa’, and ‘Social Protection for Africa’s Children’.

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Food Equity Centre

The Food Equity Centre brings together researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists to collaborate in developing solutions to inequities in food systems. It addresses the urgent need for research and action towards fairness, justice, and inclusion at a time when the Covid-19...


Humanitarian Learning Centre

The Humanitarian Learning Centre (HLC) brings together high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate with accessible, operational learning to improve humanitarian response, practice and policy.


Impact Evaluation for the UNICEF SCT Project in Oromia and SNNPR

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is collaborating with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to conduct an impact evaluation of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme in Oromia and SNNP Regions of Ethiopia for UNICEF Ethiopia.



Brazil’s return: Food security and social protection

To the international community, Brazil’s record on food security and social protection until relatively recently was exemplary, even enviable. The level of child stunting in Brazil fell from 25% in the mid-1980s to 15% in the mid-1990s and just 5% by the mid-2010s. This is a remarkable success...

Renato S. Maluf, Reference Centre on Food and Nutrition Sovereignty and Security

30 August 2023


To leave no one behind we must focus on food equity

The theme for this year’s World Food Day (16 October) is ‘leave no one behind’. However, the leave no one behind agenda as part of the Sustainable Development Goals focuses largely on addressing deprivation and not the broader inequities - injustices and power imbalances – that drive...

Lidia Cabral
Lidia Cabral & 5 others

10 October 2022



Pathways to Equitable Food Systems

IDS Report

Globally, our food systems are highly inequitable. In a world with enough food, hunger is becoming normalised for large numbers of people, while diets are worsening and obesity is rising. Racialised minorities are more at risk from obesity than other groups; indigenous communities have...

Lidia Cabral
Lidia Cabral & 4 others

26 June 2023

Working Paper

Challenging the Normalisation of Hunger in Highly Unequal Societies

IDS Working Paper 582

This paper starts from an empirical observation that levels of hunger or food insecurity in middle-income and high-income countries are often higher than might be expected, and in some cases are rising rather than falling in recent years. We document levels and trends in selected food security...

19 December 2022

Stephen Devereux’s recent work

Past Event

Conference: Reimagining social protection in a time of global uncertainty

In this Centre for Social Protection international conference we will discuss and debate the past, present and future roles of social protection as a development policy agenda, at a time of global uncertainty and multiple crises. Themes include social protection policy processes, social...

From 12 September 2023 until 14 September 2023


Social protection in a time of global uncertainty: what’s next?

In just two decades since the early 2000s, social protection established itself as a vibrant social policy sector in countries across the Global South, from Latin America to sub-Saharan Africa to South Asia. Social protection appeared in several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. Even...

10 November 2022

Past Event

Social Protection: policies, programmes and evidence short course 2017

This short course is open to a wide audience of policy makers, practitioners, researchers and project managers who are already or will be working in the area of social protection. It aims to provide a platform for strengthening conceptual grounding and for engagement in critical debate about...

From 12 June 2017 until 15 June 2017