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Resource Politics; Rural Futures; Green Transformations
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Harriet Lamb joined Fairtrade International in 1997 with the aim of improving life for banana growers in Central America, and became Chief Executive in 2012. Her work has taken her around the globe to spend time with farmers and workers and understand the challenges and impacts of Fairtrade.

Harriet is the author of "Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles," and has won numerous awards for her contributions to sustainable development and business. Throughout her career, social justice has been a connecting thread. Harriet has worked with farmers and landless labourer cooperatives in India, campaigned on issues such as the national minimum wage in the UK, and the establishment of an EU code of conduct on arms sales.

PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins) is a research project which aims to learn from the ways that pastoralists respond to uncertainty, applying such 'lessons from the margins' to global challenges.

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Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.

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In the 21st century, global poverty is compounded as climate-related events, political-religious conflicts and growth-inequality nexuses add to persistent forms of social exclusion based on gender, race, and class.

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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.

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The STEPS Centre is an interdisciplinary global research and policy engagement hub, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It aims to develop a new approach to understanding, action and communication on sustainability and development.

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The next World Social Science Report due to be published in 2016 will focus on the critical contemporary issues of inequalities and justice.

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The aim of the Rapid Response Briefings (RRB) series is to support governments and development agencies in responding quickly to rapidly emerging phenomena and unexpected global events and understanding the impact they may have on development policy, practice and outcomes.

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The question of how Brazil, China and other 'rising powers' may change African agricultural development is critical and timely.

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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..

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The DFID funded Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa.

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This collaborative project, which involves IDS and is led by the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) in South Africa, asks: to what extent is land redistribution in southern Africa achieving poverty reduction and livelihood improvement objectives?

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Focusing on the case of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in southern Africa – and specifically Botswana, Nambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe – this research is exploring the economic, social and political trade-offs arising from disease control strategies geared towards promoting commercial beef exports and achieving a ‘livestock revolution’.

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Theme issue 'One Health for a Changing World: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being'

Pholosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 372.1725 (2017)

A Special Theme Issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, ‘One Health for a Changing World: zoonoses, ecosystems and human well-being’, showcases work produced by the Drivers of Disease Consortium. More details

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Emancipatory Rural Politics: Confronting Authoritarian Populism

Journal of Peasant Studies Forum on: Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World (2017)

Academic paper exploring the rise of authoritarian politics around the world, and how it relates to rural areas. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Integrative Modelling for One Health: Pattern, Process and Participation

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B (2017)
IDS publications on international development research

The Futures of Pastoralism in the Horn of Africa: Pathways of Growth and Change

Revue Scientifique et Technique 35.2 (2016)

This paper reviews pastoralism in the Horn of Africa region with reference to the basic socio-economics of pastoralism, and the use of mobile livestock production to generate income and food for human consumption. The paper also examines long-term trends in pastoralist areas which, at first sight, appear to be contradictory. More details