Building organisational capacity ensures the legacy of international grants extends beyond the lifetime of funding. Dr Helen Coskeran and Thembi Mwamakamba share insights from leading Partner Institutional Viability Assessments in AFRICAP.
Soil degradation is a critical issue that must be addressed to achieve food security in Africa. Dr Samuel Eze unpacks his recent research on soil health in Malawi and Tanzania, sharing insights on ways to address soil degradation through climate-smart agriculture.
Agricultural innovation packages, like conservation agriculture, are usually developed by research communities and disseminated for farmers to use. Through examples from her research with CIMMYT and Malawian farmers, Thirze Hermans explains why we need to rethink how we measure success, moving beyond counting adoption to consider local context.
Large-scale interdisciplinary research programmes emerging from initiatives like the Global Challenges Research Fund pose different challenges in measuring impact than traditional research grants. Dr Helen Coskeran explains understanding how and why research has created change is central to such programmes.
Dr Stephen Whitfield highlights why history and current circumstances are key to informing radical food systems’ transformation – the kinds of changes necessary to meet the SDGs and maintain a safe and just planet for future generations.