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Food Security and Economic Growth

More than 795 million people are still chronically undernourished; over one in four children are affected by stunting; and nine percent of children are affected by wasting.  This occurs in spite of the fact that there is an excess of food in the world. This suggests that in order to understand why people go hungry—and perhaps more importantly, what can be done to most effectively intervene—that we must understand the food in a systemic way, not simply focusing on production alone. 


In this course, we will explore the concept of food security in all of its dimensions including production, storage, distribution, access and stability. We will place special emphasis on challenges to global food security, constraints on the modern “conventional” farming system, and sustainable strategies to increase global food production. We will also look at the Macroeconomic and Microeconomic policies related to food security and its relationship to economic growth and inequality.


The course is structured in seven topics: Hunger and Food Security, Core Macroeconomic Concepts, Core Microeconomic Concepts, Price Volatility, Key Policies Part I and II, and the New Green Revolution.  Every topic will build up on the previous one, delving into constructive argument and taking into account the available relevant bibliography.


Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA)

The Participatory Market Chain Approach (PMCA) is a flexible R&D approach that engages small farmers, market agents, researchers, and other service providers in a facilitated collective action that aims at identifying and exploiting potential business opportunities that benefit small-scale producers and other chain actors. The approach was developed by the International Potato Center (CIP) and first applied in the Andes before spreading to SSA, Asia and other parts of the world.  


The PMCA offers a practical way to conduct R&D that supports pro-poor innovation in agricultural market chains. The approach brings the key stakeholders in an innovation process – including farmers, market agents, researchers, and other service providers – together to jointly identify, assess and exploit new business opportunities. Through this interaction, the PMCA triggers innovation processes. Experience indicates that the PMCA is most effective when implemented as part of a multi-pronged gender responsive initiative that includes support for farmer organizations, business development, policy change, and public awareness. When the PMCA is applied with appropriate complementary measures, it can assist smallholders improve their participation in dynamic markets and improve their livelihoods. 


This course is structured in five topics: Introduction to PMCA, PMCA Phases, Phase !, Assessing the Potential and Planning for Gender Responsive PMCA.  Every topic will build up on the previous one, delving into constructive argument and taking into account the available relevant bibliography.


Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) for Projects

The Pro-WEAI addresses to measure women’s empowerment within project-specific contexts.


 It draws on qualitative methods to enhance understanding of women’s empowerment in specific social and cultural contexts and includes optional modules tailored to livestock and/or nutrition and health programs. This material presented is an initial step towards developing an e-learning course. The set of three video lessons include Lesson One - Using the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) for agricultural development projects, Lesson Two - The Pro-WEAI Tool, and Lesson Three - Lessons in Qualitative Methods. 



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