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Towards food sustainability: Reshaping the coexistence of different food systems in South America and Africa

Applicant Rist Stephan
Number 152033
Funding scheme r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)
Research institution Zentrum für Entwicklung und Umwelt Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2017
Approved amount 1'761'382.00
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All Disciplines (5)

Discipline
Social geography and ecology
Ethnology
Economics
Legal sciences
Sociology

Keywords (12)

natural resources; livelihoods; social-ecological resilience; right to food; food sustainability; sustainable governance; global change; human rights; environmental integrity; Kenya; Bolivia; food security

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Neue Forschungsarbeiten zeigen immer klarer, dass Ernährungssicherheit mehr als nur die dauernde Verfügbarkeit von Nahrungsmitteln beinhalten muss. Ernährungssicherheit ist das Ergebnis vielfältiger Faktoren. Die Wechselwirkungen von Ernährungssicherheit mit Veränderungen in der Umwelt, im Konsumverhalten, Transport- und Vermarktungswegen wirken sich zunehmend direkt aus. Ein systemisches Denken ist daher nötig, um Lösungsansätze für die gegenwärtige Welternährungskrise aufzuzeigen. Das Ziel des Projektes ist, evidenzbasiertes Wissen für die Formulierung und Verbreitung von innovativen Lösungsstrategien zur Verfügung zu stellen, welche die Nachhaltigkeit gegenwärtiger Ernährungssysteme verbessern. Das Projekt fokussiert auf die Operationalisierung und Anwendbarkeit des Konzeptes „Food Sustainability“ (Ernährungsnachhaltigkeit), und darauf, Wege zu finden um die Zusammenarbeit zwischen verschiedenen Ernährungssystemen zu verbessern.
Lay summary

Durch die Welternährungskrise 2007/08, durch den Klimawandel sowie durch die steigende Nachfrage nach Nahrungsmitteln und Agrotreibstoffen, sind die Preise für Nahrungsmittel in den letzten Jahren stark angestiegen. Weltweit leiden ca. 1 Milliarde Menschen an Hunger, und 2,5 Milliarden an Mangelernährung, was sie daran hindert, ein gesundes und aktives Leben zu führen. Die Nahrungsmittelproduktion zu erhöhen scheint die einfachste Antwort zu sein. Jedoch herrscht immer mehr Übereinstimmung bei Wissenschaftlern, Experten, Politikern, und zivilgesellschaftlichen Gruppen, dass es mit der Erhöhung der Nahrungsmittelproduktion nicht getan ist. Forscher machen darauf aufmerksam, dass die Reduzierung von Hunger und Mangelernährung sowie die Ernährung von 9 Milliarden Menschen im Jahre 2050 eine Neuorientierung der globalen Ernährungspolitik erforderlich macht.

Das Ziel dabei muss sein, die komplexen Wechselwirkungen zwischen Nahrungsmittelproduktion, Umweltauswirkungen sowie sozialer Gerechtigkeit zu optimieren. Daraus ergibt sich das theoretische Konzept der Ernährungsnachhaltigkeit, das eine immer grössere Beachtung erfährt. Dessen Anwendung auf konkrete Ernährungssysteme in Bolivien und Afrika soll es erlauben, dessen Praxistauglichkeit zu testen und es so zu verbessern, dass es ein Instrument zur Wirksamkeitsüberprüfung von Politiken, Programmen und Projekten zur nachhaltigen Verbesserung von Ernährungssystemen werden kann.

Ernährungsnachhaltigkeit ist dann gegeben wenn folgende Aspekte gegeben sind: Ernährungssicherheit und Menschenrecht auf Nahrung sind für alle Menschen gesichert, die Bedürfnisse von Produzenten (nach fairen Preise), Konsumenten (hochwertige Nahrungsmittel) und der Umwelt (Erhaltung von Bodenfruchtbarkeit, Biodiversität, und Klimaneutralität) sind lang- und kurzfristig gedeckt (sozio-ökologische Resilienz). Das Projekt trägt deshalb dazu bei, nicht nur die Leistung einzelner Ernährungssysteme, sondern auch Bedingungen von ihrer Koexistenz nachhaltiger zu machen.

 

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plurinational State of Bolivia Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
University of Illinois United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
The Association of Oilseed and Wheat Producers (ANAPO) Bolivia (South America)
- Research Infrastructure
r4d research project "Feminisation, agricultural transition and rural employment (FATE)" Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Brot für Alle Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Autonomous University Gabriel Rene Moreno (UAGRM) Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP) Kenya (Africa)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Fundación Tierra Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Department of Geography, Nairobi University Kenya (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
R4D research project "Gender and the Right to food" (DEMETER) Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Probioma Bolivia (South America)
- Publication
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Kenyan Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG) Kenya (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
La Red Seguridad y Soberania Alimentaria y Nutricional (SSAN) de UASUR Brazil (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Kenyan Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) Kenya (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) Kenya (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
M. Altieri, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Mount Kenya Produce Marketing Organization Kenya (Africa)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Laikipia Wildlife Forum (LWF) Kenya (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Association of Soy Producers (ASPEMASCO Sagrado Corazón) Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) Belgium (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
High-Level Panel of Experts on food security and nutrition (HLPE-FAO) / University of Rio de Janeiro Brazil (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Mpala Research Centre Kenya (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Ministry of Productive Development and Plural Economies, Plurinational State of Bolivia Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Observatorio del Derecho a la Alimentación en América Latina y el Caribe Chile (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Kenya Agribusiness and Agro-industry Alliance (KAAA) Kenya (Africa)
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
10YFP Sustainable Food Systems Programme UNEP Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Bolivia Bolivia (South America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Industry/business/other use-inspired collaboration
Swissaid Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
FAO Technical Workshop "SUSTAINABLE DIETS IN THE CONTEXT OF SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS – A contribution to the Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025" Talk given at a conference Linking sustainable diets with the emerging concept of "food sustainability". Presented by Theresa Tribaldos 12.07.2017 Rom, Italy Rist Stephan; Jacobi Johanna;
14e congrès de l’AFSP, Montpellier Talk given at a conference Food, Environment and (Hopefully) Justice: Exploring Decentralization and Public Participation in Bolivia 10.07.2017 Montpellier, France Bessa da Costa Antunes Rodrigues Adriana Aparecida; Golay Christophe;
7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS Talk given at a conference Institutional Analysis of Horticultural Production in Kenya as Part of a Global Agro Industrial Food System: An Ethnographic Study. Contribution by Mariah Ngutu 29.06.2017 Basel, Switzerland Kiteme Boniface;
7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS Talk given at a conference Big agro-industrial companies vs. rural small scale farmers - comparing the environmental performance of food systems in the Mount Kenya Region. Contribution by Fabian Ottiger 29.06.2017 Basel, Switzerland Ifejika Speranza Chinwe;
1st global conference of the 10YFP sustainable food systems programme Talk given at a conference Towards Food Ssutainabiltiy: reshaping the coexistence of different food systems in South America and Africa, Contribution by Stellah Mukhovi 21.06.2017 Pretoria, South Africa Kiteme Boniface;
Seminario Internacional Derechos del Campesinado, Universidad de Deusto Talk given at a conference “Comunidades campesinas: nuevos actores en el derecho internacional” y “Los nuevos derechos del campesinado en el derecho internacional y algunas experiencias nacionales” 12.06.2017 Bilbao, Spain Bessa da Costa Antunes Rodrigues Adriana Aparecida;
I Jornadas Argentinas Etnobiología y Sociedad "COMPARTIENDO CAMINOS" Talk given at a conference Manejo de conocimientos ancestrales y el desempeño del sistema alimentario indígena guaraní, en el chaco cruceño de Bolivia. Contribution by Aymara Llanque 08.06.2017 Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
I Jornadas Argentinas Etnobiologia y Sociedad “Compartiendo Caminos” Talk given at a conference Ciencias, Dialogo de saberes y Transdisciplinariedad, avances en la investigación transdisciplinar y la investigación participativa revalorizadora 08.06.2017 Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
1st Argentine Conference on Ethnobiology and Society `Sharing roads’ Talk given at a conference Agrobiodiversity and 'nutrient harvest'. A comparison on the contribution to nutritional food security among indigenous, agroecological and agroindustrial food systems in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Contribution by Georgina Catacora-Vargas 08.06.2017 Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
I Jornadas Argentinas Etnobiologia y Sociedad “Compartiendo Caminos” Talk given at a conference El vivir bien basado en investigación participativa revalorizadora y la evaluación de la pobreza multidimensional en Bolivia. Caso de la zona agroindustrial en Bolivia. Contribution by Claudia Pozo 08.06.2017 Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
Global Soil Week: Catalysing SDGs implementation through a Soil and Land Revie; organized by the IASS/GIZ Talk given at a conference Moderation of working group on “Sustaining and upscaling achievements of SLM initiatives: Data – Knowledge - Action 22.05.2017 Berlin, Germany Kiteme Boniface;
Global School on Economic and Social Rights held at the Centre for Human Rights Individual talk Socio-economic rights litigation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Contribution by Nicholas Orago 15.05.2017 Pretoria, South Africa Kiteme Boniface;
Lecture in the context of Regional Sustainable Devlopment, Institute of Geography of Uni Bern Individual talk Food Sustainability in Lowlands of Bolivia 09.05.2017 Bern, Switzerland Rist Stephan;
Master Sustainable Development Individual talk Lecture «Fair Food und Food Sustainability» 03.04.2017 Bern, Switzerland Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
Seminario Graduado. Escuela Graduada de Administración de Empresas. Universidad de Puerto Rico, Individual talk Seminar by Maribel Aponte: Regímenes Comerciales Internacionales, Cadenas de Valor y Sustentabilidad Alimentaria. Metodología de Mapeo 01.02.2017 Recinto de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
Groupe Suisse–Solidarité internationale / Co-Präsidium/Co-présidence: Carlo Sommaruga, Nationalrat; Rosmarie Quadranti, Nationalrätin Individual talk Food Sustainabilty und Land Grabbing in Sierra Leone- The Role of Private Public Partnerships 05.12.2016 Bern, Switzerland Rist Stephan;
African Soil Seminar, organized by IASS/GIZ and hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development Talk given at a conference Moderation of working group on Soil Carbon for Climate and Development: How to prioritize smallholder food security through goals, techniques and implementation; Co-moderation of working group on Food Security Policies for 2030 targeting the youth 28.11.2016 Nairobi, Kenya Kiteme Boniface;
Sixth International Conference on Food Studies 'Food Systems in an Age of the Anthropocene: Addressing Demands for Change' University of California at Berkeley Berkeley, USA 12-13 October 2016 Talk given at a conference ‘We have the land, but not the food’: When food systems produce ‘productive exclusion’ 13.10.2016 Berkeley, United States of America Jacobi Johanna;
4S/EASST Conference BCN 2016 Talk given at a conference Unveiling the normative dimension of food sustainability: synergies and clashes of law 30.09.2016 Barcelona, Spain Bessa da Costa Antunes Rodrigues Adriana Aparecida;
13th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics Talk given at a conference The normative dimension of food sustainability: synergies and clashes at stake 28.09.2016 Porto, Portugal Bessa da Costa Antunes Rodrigues Adriana Aparecida; Golay Christophe;
Lecture “Rechtliche und politologische Perspektiven auf die NE” at the University of Bern Individual talk Sustainable Food Governance on the international level and the Example of Bolivia 22.09.2016 Bern, Switzerland Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
Land Degradation Assessment Workshop: organized by IASS and CIAT to share experiences, expectations, and assess gaps of land degradation and vulnerability assessments in Western Kenya Talk given at a conference Moderation of entire workshop. Brought in the experience gained in our project especially in broadening the conceptual understanding of land degradation and how it affects food systems 29.08.2016 Kisumu, Kenya Kiteme Boniface;
Talk at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights (EIUC) Individual talk socio-economic rights and the resolution of intractable conflicts”, entailing aspects of the right to food as an important component of socio-economic rights 13.05.2016 Venice, Italy Kiteme Boniface;
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Regional European Conference Talk given at a conference Food as a global common-pool resource – potential impacts to the achievement of food security globally and the realisation of the right to food for all 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Bessa da Costa Antunes Rodrigues Adriana Aparecida;
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Regional European Conference Talk given at a conference Human Rights-Based UN Tenure Guidelines: Potentials and Challenges to protect Commons – views from policy, science and civil society 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Regional European Conference Talk given at a conference Food System Impacts on Community Water Projects in the Mount Kenya Region 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Käser Fabian;
IASC Regional Conference on Commons in a “Glocal” World. Global Connections and Local Responses Talk given at a conference Food System Impacts on Community Water Projects in the Mount Kenya Region 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Käser Fabian;
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Regional European Conference Talk given at a conference Water governance in Kenya and how it relates to international economic regimes. Some first insights. 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Fürst Christiane;
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Regional European Conference Talk given at a conference From commons to resilience grabbing: Common Pool Resources, Institutional Change and Land Acquisitions 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Haller Tobias;
International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) Regional European Conference Talk given at a conference Towards a New Institutional Political Ecology: How to marry external effects, institutional change and the role of power and ideology in commons studies 10.05.2016 Bern, Switzerland Haller Tobias;
Consumption and Production in an Age of Diminishing Resources: Conference on Germany’s Role in the Implementation of the SDGs Talk given at a conference Food sustainability and Multistakeholder Forums 02.05.2016 Bern, Germany Rist Stephan;
Nutrición para el crecimiento – N4G, Formación de la Red Global de Investigadores e Institutos de Investigación, Educación y Extensión en Soberanía, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional Talk given at a conference Discusión de las actividades de seguimiento a nivel regional para la construcción de la "red global de investigadores e institutos de investigación, educación y extensión Soberanía, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional 12.04.2016 Manaus, Brazil Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
Realizing women’s right to food in the face of climate change: How to overcome the barriers? (Panel discussion with Hilal Elver, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food) Talk given at a conference A right to food related non-discrimination perspective on international economic regimes 10.03.2016 Bern, Switzerland Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
Congreso Internacional de Nutrición y Dietética humana Talk given at a conference El estado de la seguridad y soberanía alimentaria en Bolivia: avances y experiencias 22.02.2016 Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
Global governance/politics, climate justice & agrarian/social justice: linkages and challenges Talk given at a conference Human rights impact of large-scale land acquisitions 04.02.2016 The Hague, Netherlands Golay Christophe;
IASS Workshop Individual talk Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure and Human Rights/Trade Regimes 10.12.2015 Rome, Italy Fürst Christiane; Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
Conference The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration-Towards a Users’ Perspective, organized by the Human Rights Integration Network Talk given at a conference Constitutional Protection Of The Right To Food In Bolivia, Cambodia, Ghana And Kenya: Converging With Or Diverging From International Human Rights Norms? 09.12.2015 Ghent, Belgium Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
Supervision of and lecture at the tutorium on Food Sustainability in the Bachelor Minor of the University of Bern in Sustainable Development Individual talk Wege zur Ernährungsnachhaltigkeit 07.12.2015 Bern, Switzerland Jacobi Johanna;
Expo 2015 Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life! (Bar Association) Talk given at a conference Food security and the right to food in Kenya 01.10.2015 Milano, Italy Kiteme Boniface;
Expo 2015 Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life! (Bar Assciation) Talk given at a conference sustainable trade in agriculture? Towards innovative regulation 01.10.2015 Milano, Italy Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
Food security sotto assedio? Nutrire un pianeta affamato di cibo e di energia Individual talk Il diritto al cibo e commercio internationale 01.10.2015 Milano, Italy Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth; Rist Stephan;
ETH World Food System Centre Conference Tackling World Food System Challenges across Disciplines, Sectors and Scales Talk given at a conference Towards food sustainability: reshaping the coexistence of different food systems in South America and Africa 22.06.2015 Ascona, Switzerland Jacobi Johanna;
Workshop on Investment and financing along the agro-food value chain for food security & sustainability Talk given at a conference Agro­‐food Global Value Chains, food security & sustainable development: preliminary reflec?ons from Bolivia & Kenya 21.05.2015 Athen, Greece Gelb Stephen;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Direitos de governança sobre a terra e a nova declaração das Nações Unidas sobre os direitos dos camponeses 19.06.2017 Geneva, Switzerland
Institutskolloquium: Ethnography of Smallholder Engagement in Food Systems in the North-West Mount Kenya Region 04.04.2017 Bern, Switzerland
Sustainable Governance of Food Systems - Data Integration Kenya 27.03.2017 Nyeri, Kenya
Taller de Integración de Resultados a través de indicadores por componentes del R4D - Data Integration Bolivia 06.02.2017 Samaipata, Bolivia
Case Study Food Sustainability in Bolivia - Input and Exercise in the lecuture of St. Rist on Sustainable Regional Development, Institute of Geography 18.11.2016 Bern, Switzerland
Swiss Researching Africa Days 04.11.2016 Bern, Switzerland
Seminar lecture at the Institute of Social Anthrolology; WS 2016: SDGs: Old Wine in new bottles 19.09.2016 Bern, Switzerland
Progress workshop Sagana/Muranga 13.06.2016 Sagana, Muranga, Kenya
‘We have the land but not the food’: A food system analysis in two communities in the soy production area of Bolivia 10.03.2016 Bern, Switzerland
Progress workshop Santa Cruz de la Sierra 26.01.2016 Santa Cruz de la Sierra , Bolivia
University course “An Introduction to the analysis of global value chains”, 17 November – 10 December, six online session of 90 minutes 17.11.2015 Bern, Switzerland
Right to Food Indicators Workshop 08.09.2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Seco Consultation on Trade and Investment Agreements, including Mercosur Countries Workshop 19.06.2017 Bern, Switzerland Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
County Food Security Steering Committee Meeting (Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP)) Workshop 10.05.2017 Nanyuki, Laikipia , Kenya Kiteme Boniface;
Primer encuentro de agricultura urbana y periurbana en Bolivia Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 08.12.2016 Sucre, Bolivia Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
Primer Encuentro Nacional del Vivir Bien Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 24.11.2016 Toro Toro, Potosi, Bolivia Delgado Burgoa J. M. Freddy;
„Fair Food, Nachhaltige Agrarimporte in die Schweiz? Perspektive auf Bolivien und Kenya» mit Agrarallianz und diverse entwicklungs-, umwelt- und agrarpolitische Organisationen der Schweiz Workshop 29.08.2016 Bern, Switzerland Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;
County Food Security Steering Committee Meeting (Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP)) Workshop 07.04.2016 Nanyuki, Laikipia, Kenya Kiteme Boniface;
Learning from the implementation experiences of other human rights-based approaches and instruments Workshop 14.12.2015 Rome, Italy Bürgi Bonanomi Elisabeth;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Talleres informativos del R4D con asociaciones de productores y alcaldía 03.04.2017 Samaipata, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
La Ontología del Vivir Bien - Saber Alimentarse 23.09.2016 Cochabamba, Bolivia
Socialización del R4D en los municipio de San Pedro y La guardia 13.08.2016 San Pedro, La guardia , Bolivia

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Other activities Diskussion Resultate Fair Food Studie in der Wirtschaft und Abgabekommissione WAK des Nationalrats German-speaking Switzerland 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Nanyuki show ground: Mt. Kenya Branch, Agricultural Society of Kenya Show International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Priority value chains exhibition (ASDSP) International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Navigating trade-offs through policy options for sustainable food systems International Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2016
Media relations: radio, television Sustentabilidad alimentaria y el Plan Territorial de Desarrollo Integral Radio Cabezas, Bolivia International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Yateirenda, la tierra de la miel de señorita Movimiento Regional Por La Tierra International 2016
Media relations: radio, television Bio - Pionier fordert globalen Systemwechsel in der Landwirtschaft Tageszeitungen CH Italian-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Information Workshop Bolivia: Kick-off meeting with different stakeholders International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Information Workshop Kenya: Kick-off meeting with different stakeholders International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Präsentation des Projektes bei COSUDE (DEZA) in der Botschaft in La Paz International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Public event: Towards food sustainability: Re-shaping the coexistence of different food systems in S International 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Socialización del proyecto “Hacia la sustentabilidad alimentaria: Reconstruyendo la co-existencia de International 2015

Awards

Title Year
First Plurinational Price of Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Bolivia 2016

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
177585 Towards Food Sustainability: Reshaping the Coexistence of Different Food Systems in South America and Africa 01.01.2018 r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)

Abstract

The project starts with the idea that, indeed, it is possible to feed nine billion people by 2050. However, this requires a reorientation of global food policies: their focus must extend beyond merely increasing productivity. This in turn makes it necessary to analyse food security as an outcome of the complex interactions between diverse food systems with different actors and different ways of producing, processing, packaging, distributing, and consuming food. Viewing food security as an outcome of food systems provides a basis for investigating the interrelations between food systems, and how they are linked with the right to food and other related human rights. Moreover, it enables analysis of different food systems’ environmental and social-justice outcomes. All these aspects combine to form the emerging concept of food sustainability - a concept which has been strongly acknowledged in food-related science and policy debates. It is widely recognized that these debates would greatly benefit from scientific contributions that are based on the integration of social and natural sciences; such integration is expected to enable a better understanding of both the conceptual and the empirically determined factors defining food sustainability within and between food systems. However, empirical research that takes the concept of food sustainability as a reference is largely lacking to date. This project, therefore, focuses on empirical research into the factors that influence food sustainability within and between different food systems coexisting in selected regions of Bolivia and Kenya. The general objective is to provide evidence-based scientific knowledge for the formulation and promotion of innovative strategies and policy options that improve individual and aggregate levels of food systems’ sustainability. The emphasis is on finding ways to enhance collaboration within and between food systems.The project is organised into five Work Packages (WPs) that are each responsible for a set of specific objectives. WP1: Context mapping, trends, and space for democratic participation will (1) identify key external factors (laws, treaties, and economic, social, and environmental drivers) that have influenced the investigated food systems over the last 10-15 years, as well as related trends and their likely future development; (2) assess how these external factors impact on the policy space of the country or region concerned; and (3) identify innovative policy and legal options that contribute to an enabling environment for food sustainability. WP2: Institutions, actors, and perceptions will work towards a better understanding (1) of how formal and informal institutions of public, private, and customary law transform and shape food-system-specific institutions and related patterns of interactions and power hierarchies among key actors within and between food systems; (2) of how cognitive factors are expressed in actor-specific food system activities and their relation to risk and insecurity; and (3) on the outcomes of existing institutional configurations within and between food systems regarding human rights and especially the right to food. WP3: Food system activities, value chains, livelihoods, and food security will strive to better understand (1) how specific food system activities shape the outcomes of individual food systems in terms of food security, the reduction of poverty and of inequality, as well as the right to food and other human rights. This includes (2) the analysis of trade-offs between individual food systems coexisting in the same geographical area. WP4: Environmental integrity and social-ecological resilience will (1) assess food systems’ environmental integrity and (2) analyse how their environmental integrity and their socio-economic outcomes influence social-ecological resilience, and how this resilience is perceived by different actors. WP5: Integration, policy options, and dissemination focuses on (1) the identification of most promising food systems in terms of their individual and aggregate contributions to food sustainability in a context of coexistence; and (2) assessing how innovations and novel policy options that increase collaboration within and between different food systems can help to raise levels of food sustainability. WP5: Acts as a platform for integrating results from the other WPs and translating them into the development of a Food Sustainability Assessment Framework (FoodSAF) to be further applied, tested, and refined in other food systems in Bolivia and Kenya as well as in Brazil, Peru, Ghana, and Zambia. The FoodSAF will enable non-scientific actors to assess key problems of food system sustainability affecting them. It will also enable documentation of current best practices, help determine the conditions needed to scale up these practices, and help identify innovations that support transitions to more sustainable food systems. Transformative Pilot Actions (TPA) will serve for jointly applying the FoodSAF in food systems outside the primary case studies with the aim of stimulating and enhancing societal and scientific debates and initiatives related to food sustainability.The project takes a mixed-methods approach. Qualitative methods will include participatory observation, semi-structured and narrative interviews, focus groups, oral history, case law, legal coherence analysis, transect walks, value and commodity chains mapping, and participatory mapping. Quantitative methods include household and panel surveys, application of GIS and remote-sensing; analysis of socio-economic, demographic and environmental statistical data and development indicators; and causality and budget analyses to determine people’s enjoyment of (or exclusion from) the right to food. The FoodSAF will complement and link with (1) the “Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems” (SAFA) framework recently launched by FAO, (2) human rights impact assessment frameworks, and (3) the FAO guidelines on conducting right-to-food assessments. Dissemination of research results includes promotion of social learning between food system actors, government bodies, NGOs, and other interested actors; promotion of policy dialogue and provision of training and user-friendly information to members of universities, farming communities, social movements, agribusiness, trade unions, public administration bodies, and NGOs. The project is run by 4 Swiss research organisations (Universities of Bern and Geneva) and their main Southern partner organisations in Bolivia and Kenya, as well as collaborating organisations in Brazil, Peru, Ghana, and Zambia. Each partner contributes specific expertise regarding analysis of food sustainability (disciplines involved include human and physical geography, social anthropology, legal studies, economy, political economy, and agroecology). The research partners will be supported by a scientific advisory board composed of internationally renowned experts, e.g. outgoing UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food (Olivier De Schutter), Renato Maluf from FAO’s High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, Nadia Scialabba (in charge of “Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems” (SAFA) framework and FAO’s programme on organic agriculture and agroecology, as well as renowned scientists, including Miguel Altieri (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Jesse Ribot (University of Illinois, USA), Sonya Merten (Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Switzerland) and likewise renowned experts from of Brazil, Peru, Ghana and Zambia.
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