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  • Informal food markets in urban food systems

    Informal markets play a critical role in providing affordable, accessible and diverse food for the urban poor, while at the same time supporting the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers, traders and vendors.  This policy brief summarises a research report on informal food markets in Lusaka and Kitwe carried out by CTPD, Hivos and IIED. It analyses the current policy...

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  • Cocina llena, corazón contento

    Cocina llena, corazón contento, or 'Full kitchen, happy heart', is the result of a Food Change Lab implemented by Hivos in 2018 and 2019, where they worked with women to understand and propose solutions to problems related to women and food in the urban area of La Paz, Bolivia. The main problems that were identified were a lack of time...

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  • Indonesia’s triple burden of malnutrition

    There are very little published data available on people’s diets in Indonesia and few methods adapted to measure the triple burden. The food diaries project in East Java was designed to fill this gap and provide information for local and international advocacy on healthy sustainable diets. This study used data generated with and by the local community in Jember to...

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  • 10 Rich underutilised crops

    This booklet provides an overview of ten crop varieties as selected by the Kenyan Seed Savers Network. Through their effort of documenting and characterising local underutilised seed varieties, the Seed Savers Network delivers a significant contribution to the preservation of plant genetic resources in Kenya. The ten varieties presented in this booklet were selected by the farmers themselves because of...

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  • Informal food markets in Zambia

    This research paper provides evidence on the current status, perceptions, challenges and policy context of the informal food markets in Zambia, from the perspectives of vendors, consumers, and policymakers in Lusaka and Kitwe. It identifies key points for action and policy.

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  • Urban Agriculture Magazine: Food Policy Councils

    The governance of food systems is changing. Where once food supply was a matter of top-down planning for national governments, often heavily influenced by market forces, today food systems governance at all levels – from the international to the local – is shifting to more participatory and inclusive forms. In this issue of Urban Agriculture Magazine, we explore the experiences...

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  • Sustainable Diets for All position paper

    This short paper outlines Hivos’ position on its Sustainable Diets for All programme. Sustainable Diets for All is an advocacy programme that uses evidence, including evidence generated by citizens, to help low- income communities in Zambia, Uganda, Indonesia and Bolivia improve their access to sustainable, diverse and nutritious food. The 5-year (2016-2020) programme is coordinated by Hivos, the International Institute for the...

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  • Beyond maize: Exploring agricultural diversification in Zambia from different perspectives

    Despite the Zambian Government’s intention to diversify agriculture, the country is still heavily reliant on a narrow range of crops. This discussion paper explores the reasons for the lack of agricultural diversity from the perspectives of smallholder households, market actors and extension officers. The results of the ‘Beyond Maize’ study are a collaborative effort by the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute...

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  • Informal food vendors and their role in the food and nutrition security of low-income workers in Bandung City, Indonesia

    The role of street vendors and informal food provision in urban food security and the food system of the working poor has largely been overlooked. This research, conducted in two parts, set out to fill that gap. 

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  • Hivos Change Lab Toolkit

    A Change Lab is a temporary project that uses a variety of experimental methods to support collaboration between multiple stakeholders to collectively address social challenges at a systemic level. We have written an extensive Lab toolkit as a first attempt to document general principles and tools of Hivos’ Change Labs. It gives you background, prompts, inspiration and practical tips for setting up...

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