The Future Agricultures Consortium together with the Centre for Social Protection is convening a 3–day conference on Seasonality, to be held on Wednesday 8th to Friday 10th July 2009 at IDS Sussex.



The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity forinternational development research, teaching and communications.

IDS was founded in 1966 and enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to applying academic skills to real world challenges. Its purpose is to understand and explain the world, and to try to change it – to influence as well as to inform.

IDS hosts five dynamic research teams, nine popular postgraduate courses, and a family of world-class knowledge services. These three spheres are integrated in a unique combination – as a development knowledge hub, IDS is connected into and is a convenor of networks throughout the world.

The Institute is home to approximately 100 researchers, 70 knowledge services staff, 65 support staff and about 200 students at any one time. But the IDS community extends far beyond, encompassing an extensive network of partners, former staff and students across the development community worldwide.

As a charity, IDS receives no core funding from the British government. See the Management and funding page for more details.


blds_logoThe British Library for Development Studies (BLDS) contains the largest collection of economic and social development materials in Europe. It supports teaching and research at IDS and reaches a global online audience.



csp_logo145The Centre for Social Protection (CSP) supports a global network of partners working to mainstream social protection in development policy and encourage social protection systems and instruments that are comprehensive, long-term, sustainable and pro-poor. We produce research on conceptual approaches; design issues, including delivery, targeting and affordability; and impacts of different social protection initiatives.


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