|Agriculture and Food Security Programme|
This programme focuses on the functioning linkages among research, extension, education and communication in the promotion of agricultural production; policy and legal measures for harnessing agricultural biotechnology for food security; assessing the science content of agricultural policies and development strategies; and improving the state of knowledge on land degradation, land resources tenure and use, agricultural water use and associated best practices.
Current projects under this programme include;
1. Advancing climate compatible development for food security through implementation of the National climate change strategies
The Centre is participating as a consortium member including three organizations in Germany (Germanwatch and Perspectives), BCAS from Bangladesh and Fundacion Vida (FV) from Honduras in a CDKN-DfiD funded theme of ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Compatible Development’ that will run for 2 years beginning August 2011.
2. The role and impacts of media advocacy on policy change in the livestock sector in Kenya
ACTS was commissioned by Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines (GALVmed) to conduct an evaluation of the “Kenyan Dream Initiative” campaign, an initiative that was carried out by GALVmed in partnership with a Nairobi based creative communications company : “Well Told Story” (WTS). The objective of the campaign was to get Kenyan policy makers to recognize the importance of livestock as an engine for growth and a potential pathway out of poverty and enhanced food security. ACTS carried out the study to evaluate the impacts of mass media as an advocacy tool in Kenya amongst policy makers in the sector. The study explored the perceptions of policy makers on the importance of livestock to the economy before and after the campaign. The study also explored the gaps and opportunities within the livestock sector for capacity building and collaboration in policy implementation. This research builds onto earlier work conducted by the Centre in collaboration with IGAD-Livestock Policy Initiative (LPI) on ‘Enhancing policy-relevant capacities for livestock sector development in the IGAD region. This study contributed to increasing awareness on the potential of media advocacy as a tool that can be adopted by research organizations to influence policy processes and change especially in the agriculture sector. In addition, it contributed to the strategic goal 1.3 on the ACTS Strategic Plan 2009-2013: “Developing policies that improve agriculture production and food security in rural areas”.
3. Gender and Agricultural Innovations
This was an activity under the DFID-funded Research Into Use programme. The research behind this activity endeavored to bring together two major streams of debate and policy analysis, gender issues and innovation in agriculture which could make a major contribution to equitable development. The purpose of this research was to reflect on the opportunities that a systems understanding of innovation provides for addressing gender issues and to provide some insight for policy and practice. The output was a call for two major shifts in practice and analysis: (1) A shift from gender analysis to gender learning and (2) A shift from women’s empowerment to empowering innovation system capacity. This is document in a discussion paper.
4. Disability and Urban Agriculture
This is a research project being conducted in collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre, Research into Use and Real Impact .
Some past projects in this programme