Events

eventscatdescipThe Future Agricultures Consortium participates in many conferences and workshops. We also watch for important agriculture policy “windows” and report them here.


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Dorward 2009 – Participatory budgets in Ghana and Zimbabwe
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This paper describes the findings of research that aimed to 1) understand the constraints faced by farmers during production seasons and 2) evaluate the usefulness of a novel participatory method for exploring farming practices and resource use with farmers. Detailed

Freeland 2009 – Seasonality and social protection
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Hundreds of millions of people suffer an annual cycle of hunger and hardship that is linked to the agricultural season. There is a growing argument that it should theoretically be possible to design social protection measures that are counter-cyclical such

Gillespie 2009 – Seasonality of HIV and hunger in southern Africa
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The seasonality of disease, ill-health and hunger were illustrated in multiple contexts in the original IDS conference on seasonality over three decades ago. The subsequent book (Chambers et al. 1981) was published in the same year as the first case

Hadley – Seasonality and Access to Education
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Seasonality and Access to Education: A Review of Research Improved education is associated with higher socio-economic status, lower fertility rates, improved health, reduced mortality rates and greater gender equality and mobility. Investment in primary education is especially crucial, as it

Hauenstein Swan 2009 – Interventions to address seasonal hunger
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Many policies have proved to be successful in fighting seasonal hunger. In this paper, we review what we regard as the most important of these policy ideas and give examples of their application in various countries, focusing particularly on Malawi.Emergency

Jennings 2009 – What happened to the seasons
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The timing of rains, and intra-seasonal rainfall patterns, are critical to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Seasonality influences farmer’s decisions about when to cultivate and sow and harvest, and ultimately the success or failure of their crops. Worryingly, therefore, farmers

Loevinsohn 2009 – Seasonal hunger, famine and HIV in Malawi
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Secure access to food, adequate in quantity and quality, is becoming increasingly problematic for many. The number of food insecure is rising worldwide, reaching more than 1 billion according to the latest estimate (FAO 2009). Falling incomes, in part due

Mukherjee 2009 – Seasonality and coping in Asia
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The paper is based on 6 case studies in seasonal poverty, vulnerability and ill-being and coping mechanisms of poor farmers and agriculture labourers from 6 Asian developing countries –BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDIA, LAO PDR and NEPAL. The paper draws upon

Ndirangu 2009a – Seasonality, savings and health in Kenya
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The high prevalence of risks in low-income economies implies that people’s ability to manage uncertainty is critical for both productivity and their mere survival. This paper analyses seasonal changes in per capita consumption and saving behaviour of farm households in

Ndirangu 2009b – Seasonal time poverty in Kenya
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Despite early recognition of the importance of time poverty in people’s well-being, its empirical investigation and measurement in the literature remains scarce. This paper applies the concepts used in consumption and income poverty to time use to estimate seasonal time

Neogi 2009 – Rice and Monga in Bangladesh
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
A series of experiments was conducted at the proposed RDRS University Campus Farm, Rangpur Bangladesh during aman season in 2005 and 2006. The overall objective was to evaluate the effect of direct seeding and transplanting system of short duration variety

Oluwatayo 2009 – Seasonal vulnerability of farmers in Nigeria
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Over the past two or three decades, it has become increasingly clear that small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa produce the bulk of the food consumed by inhabitants of these countries, in spite of their poor working conditions in terms of

Press Release – Seasonality Revisted
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
‘Seasonal poverty’ is worsening. Climate Change, AIDS and heightened vulnerability identified as main culprits.

Rethman 2009 – Modelling Seasonality
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This paper illustrates the use of models to analyse income seasonality. Section 1, by Charles Rethman is based on grouped data obtained using the household economy approach. Section 2, by John Seaman provides a more detailed analysis based on income

Salahuddin 2009 – Addressing Monga in Bangladesh
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Monga, is a well-known in the language of development in Bangladesh. Poor farmers and labourers in the northwest region of Bangladesh suffer from a lack of employment opportunities during the months of September to November. Such a situation increases the

Seasonal Neglect? Aseasonality in Agricultural Project Design
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Seasonal Neglect? Aseasonality in Agricultural Project Design Based on a literature review and observation of selected agricultural projects, this paper reflects on whether and how projects that support agriculture-based livelihoods in Africa account for seasonality in their design, delivery and

Seasonal Poverty:Integrated, overlooked and therefore opportunity
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
ince the first seasonality conference in 1978, there have been changes: not least, communications have improved, and food prices in SubSaharan Africa have become more volatile. But much has not changed: seasonal poverty and stress remain widespread and integrated. Urban

Seasonality and Social Protection in Africa
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This Working Paper draws on nearly twenty years of research in several African countries, on the inter-related themes of food insecurity, seasonality, coping strategies, famine, formal and informal safety nets, and social protection. The paper has three objectives: 1. to

Soil fertility and crop theft: changing rural dimensions and cropping patterns
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Farmers globally and those in Ethiopia in particular, are facing a number of challenges on top of the obvious physical and economic constraints in managing soil fertility. The majority of the studies conducted on soil fertility issues in Sub-Saharan Africa

Stange 2009 – Avoiding seasonal food deprivation
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Most crop plants are seasonal, giving rise to alternating periods of glut and dearth. Three ways of avoiding food deprivation in the periods between harvests are to grow crops that are non-seasonal, to diversify diets, so that for every month

Turin 2009 – Seasonal work in Peruvian Altiplano
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The Peruvian Altiplano presents different agro-ecological zones and variable climatic conditions. Rural households of the Altiplano from the ethnic Aymara define their livelihoods and strategies according to those natural conditions. Agricultural households of the lakeside zone, with less variable climatic

Why Risk Management has trouble locating Seasonality
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Sabates-Wheeler Why Risk Management has trouble locating Seasonality Attempting to draw general lessons from the theoretical, empirical and policy responses to seasonality leaves one slightly disappointed for a number of reasons. At one level there exists an instrumentalist response in

Planning to address seasonal poverty: some experiences of the last 30 years
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Planning to address seasonal poverty: some experiences of the last 30 years Richard Longhurst Phemo Kgomotso IDS

An Integrated Intervention Framework for Fighting Seasonal Hunge
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
An Integrated Intervention Framework for Fighting Seasonal Hunger Samuel Hauenstein Swan Bapu Vaitla Stephen Devereux

Seasonality and Profitability of rice value chains for smallholder farmers
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonality and Profitability of rice value chains for smallholder farmers at Nkhate Irrigation Scheme in Southern Malawi Tennyson Magombo, Ruth Magreta, Shamie Zingore University of Malawi, Bunda College of Agriculture and CIAT

Seasonal Poverty, Vulnerability Dimensions And Coping Mechanisms In Developing Asia:
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonal Poverty, Vulnerability Dimensions And Coping Mechanisms In Developing Asia: Policy Implications For Social Protection And Social Justice &Ndash; Case Studies From Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Lao Pdr And Nepal By Neela Mukherjee E Mail: Neelamukherjee@Gmail.ComThis e-mail address is being

The stabilising effect of irrigation on seasonal consumption: evidence from Andhra Pradesh
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
The stabilising effect of irrigation on seasonal consumption: evidence from Andhra Pradesh Edoardo Masset July 2009

Addressing Monga through a collective regional forum response in the northwest of Bangladesh
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Addressing Monga through a collective regional forum response in the northwest of Bangladesh Ahmad Salahuddin, MG Neogi Noel P Magor International Conference on Seasonality 8-10 July, IDS, UK

Adjustment of Short Duration Rice Variety in Rice-Based Cropping Pattern and Agro-Techniques to Miti
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Adjustment of Short Duration Rice Variety in Rice-Based Cropping Pattern and Agro-Techniques to Mitigate Seasonal Food Insecurity (Monga) in Northern Districts of Bangladesh. M.G. Neogi1, Abul Khair2 and S. Samsuzzaman1 1RDRS Bangladesh, Jail Road, Rangpur, Bangladesh. 2Department of Botany, Jahangirnagar

Seasonality: Timing and Duration of food aid programmes
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonality: Timing and Duration of food aid programmes A case Study from Malawi, 2002-2003 Zoltan Tiba University of Cambridge

Water-bound Geographies of Seasonality Investigating Seasonality, Water, and Wealth in Ethiopia
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Water-bound Geographies of Seasonality Investigating Seasonality, Water, and Wealth in Ethiopia Through the Household Water Economy Approach Lorraine Coulter, Zemede Abebe, Seifu Kebede, Eva Ludi, Belay Zeleke

Soil Fertility Crop Theft: changing rural dimensions and cropping patterns
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Soil Fertility Crop Theft: changing rural dimensions and cropping patterns Linley Chiwona-Karltun Linley.chiwona.karltun@sol.slu.seThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

Seasonal Neglect? Aseasonality in agricultural projects
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonal Neglect? Aseasonality in agricultural projects Stephen Devereux Richard Longhurst

Seasonality and Social Protection: A Bridge too Far?
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonality and Social Protection: A Bridge too Far? Nicholas Freeland

HEA Model for a Consumption Year
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Rethman – HEA Model for a Consumption Year

Politics of Seasonal Safety Nets in Southern Africa
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Politics of Seasonal Safety Nets in Southern Africa Stephen Devereux Philip White

Making the Links : Responding to Seasonality through Adaptive Social Protection
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Making the Links : Responding to Seasonality through Adaptive Social Protection Mark Davies, Centre for Social Protection, IDS

School Feeding, seasonality and schooling outcomes
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
School Feeding, seasonality and schooling outcomes:A case study from Malawi Carmen Burbano Aulo Gelli

Seasonality, precautionary savings and health uncertainty in Central Kenya
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonality, precautionary savings and health uncertainty in Central Kenya Lydia Ndirangu (KIPPRA, Kenya)

Seasonality and Access to Primary Education
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Seasonality and Access to Primary Education Sierd Hadley

Avoiding seasonal food deprivation in poor countries
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Avoiding seasonal food deprivation in poor countries Richard Strange Editor-in-Chief Food Security School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck College, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK

Seasonal Chaos: from risky to uncertain livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Seasonal Chaos: from risky to uncertain livelihoods in rural Zimbabwe Josphat Mushongah and Ian Scoones IDS, Sussex

Food affordability
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Food affordability Brighton, 8th of July 2009 Dealing with seasonal variation of purchasing power and monitoring hunger Save the Children UK

Livelihoods Impact Analysis & Seasonality in Ethiopia
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Livelihoods Impact Analysis Seasonality in Ethiopia

Understanding Seasonality Implications on Quality of Life through the Innovative JCTR Rural Basket
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Understanding Seasonality Implications on Quality of Life through the Innovative JCTR Rural Basket: The Case of Select Rural Areas of Matushi, Saka and Malama of Zambia By Miniva Chibuye (JCTR) In today’s difficult situation, a more exact awareness and a

Seasonal hunger, the 2001-03 famine and the dynamics of HIV in Malawi
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Seasonal hunger, the 2001-03 famine and the dynamics of HIV in Malawi Michael Loevinsohn, PhD Seasonality Revisited International Conference IDS, July 8-10, 2009

Using participatory budgets to investigate farmers’ practices …
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Using participatory budgets to investigate farmers’ practices and the factors influencing them during production seasons in Ghana and Zimbabwe Peter Dorward, Derek Shepherd, Mark Galpin University of Reading

Month of Birth and Children’s Health in India
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Month of Birth and Children’s Health in India Michael Lokshin Sergiy Radyakin Development Economics Research Group The World Bank July 3, 2009

Investigating Seasonality & Poverty Analysis: The 2004/5 Malawi Integrated Household Survey
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 1
Investigating Seasonality Poverty Analysis: The 2004/5 Malawi Integrated Household Survey DRAFT Ephraim Chirwa Andrew Dorward Marcella Vigneri Wadonda Consult University of Malawi School of Oriental African Studies, University of London Overseas Development Institute