Here is the list of new publications released in October
October, 2016 - We are pleased to present you the new edition of the Policy in Focus magazine, titled “Food and nutrition security: towards the full realisation of human rights”. This special issue features 12 articles tackling the challenges involved in the attainment of the human right to adequate food and nutrition, and food and nutrition sovereignty in African countries and in Brazil.
While there has been evidence of a significant reduction in hunger and malnutrition worldwide, it is observed that this phenomenon has not occurred at the same pace in sub-Saharan Africa and in some regions of Brazil. At the same time, there has been a rapid increase in the rates of overweight, obesity and related illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiac disease, various types of cancer, etc. In this light, the contributing guest editors of this issue have sought to present readers with a selection of authors and articles that share a broad interpretation of the human right to adequate food and nutrition.
This edition was prepared as part of the project "Brazil & Africa: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South-South Cooperation", financed by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID).
- In the Policy Research Brief “Youth and adult literacy and education: a good practice analysis”, Gianna Moretti (Consultant) explains why the effectiveness of literacy and adult education initiatives is relative and depends on many factors, such as different local socio-economic realities, the competence of educators, the responsibilities and motivations of students, etc. This publication is available in English and Portuguese.
- In the Working Paper “Effects of domestic worker legislation reform in Brazil”, Joana Simões de Melo Costa (Institute for Applied Economic research—Ipea), Ana Luiza Neves de Holanda Barbosa (Ipea), and Guilherme Hirata, (IDados, Alfa e Beto Institute) investigate the impact of the improvement of labour rights on the formalisation rates, working hours and wages of Brazilian domestic workers. This publication is available in English, and an associated One Pager is also available in English and Portuguese;
- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the IPC-IG are glad to present the One Pager “Regional perspectives of family farming”, introducing a series of six forthcoming Working Papers prepared by scholars and experts, following up on the International Year of Family Farming. This introductory One Pager is available in English.
- The first in the series is the Working Paper “Family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean: looking for new paths of rural development and food security”, by Sergio Schneider (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS). It presents an analysis of the characteristics of family farming in Latin America and the Caribbean and discusses what might be its role in overcoming some of the major challenges to the development of this region. This study is available in English.
- In the One Pager “Public works programmes for protection and climate resilience: theory of change and evidence in low-income countries”, Rodolfo Beazley, Anna McCord and Ana Solórzano (Oxford Policy Management—OPM)present a broad Theory of Change, showing how public works programmes could potentially increase resilience to climate change.
- The One Pager “Transformative social protection: findings from the Zambian child grant and farmer input support programmes” draws on evidence from the Child Grant Programme (CGP) and the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) in Zambia to argue that there are potential untapped synergies between social and economic policies that welfare programmes have productive effects, and that productivity enhancing policies could be more effective when including poorer recipients. This publication is authored by Anna Wolkenhauer (University of Bremen), and is available in English, French, and Portuguese. It was also prepared as part of the DFID-financed project "Brazil & Africa: Fighting Poverty and Empowering Women via South-South Cooperation".
- The One Pager "Does Community-Based Targeting Really Work in Cash Transfer Programmes in Africa?", by Nicola Hypher (SCUK) and Fábio Veras (IPC IG), is now available in Arabic.
- The One Pager "A Methodology for Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation (LEWIE) of Cash Transfers", by J. Edward Taylor and Karen Thome (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis) is now available in Portuguese.