FAN Innovation Systems and Institutions

FAN Innovation Systems and Institutions: Enabling Alternative Policy Frameworks for Food, Agriculture and Nutrition

Objectives

The overall purpose of this study is to enable politically and scientifically informed debates for a new FAN policy framework. Specific objectives are:

  1. To analyse the current agriculture and food/nutrition policy discourses, with respect to the mutual dependence and inter-relationships between these, and capacities to innovate, so as to present an argument for a complete shift in the policy framework for food security. Of particular concern is role of gender in access to food security and nutrition.
  2. To explore alternatives, using two agricultural production-food consumption systems and life cycle analysis of unit energy (in terms of food and nutrition) in two different socio-agro-ecosystems in the country, in order to analyse and explain the disjuncture between agriculture and the environment and nutrition in these two cases.
  3. To use the evidence generated to analyse the prevalent policy and institutional arrangements for agriculture, food and nutrition, health and sanitation, environment, employment, and women and child development in the country, in order to propose an alternative FAN policy framework, with a policy goal of reducing nutritional inequality and criteria to select appropriate policy instruments and implementation mechanisms for different socio-agro-ecosystems. What are national and what are state responsibilities in terms of policy, funding and implementation? To what extent is local government levels empowered to make enabling decisions, and to what extent do they do so?

Key Research Questions

The key research questions are:

  • What are the current agriculture and food/nutrition policy discourses, with respect to the mutual dependence and inter-relationships between these, and capacities to innovate?
  • How do we explain the disjuncture between agriculture and the environment and nutrition?
  • What is the prevalent policy and institutional arrangements for agriculture, food and nutrition, health and sanitation, environment, employment, and women and child development in the country? 
  • What does an alternative FAN policy framework, with a policy goal of reducing nutritional inequality and criteria to select appropriate policy instruments and implementation mechanisms for different socio-agro-ecosystems, look like?

Lead partner

OKAPI 

South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies

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