PrC researchers edit journal on food security in Africa

Researchers Dr Greetje Schouten and Dr Sietze Vellema of the Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, edited a special edition of the Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences (NJAS) in collaboration with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). The researchers explored how institutions influence food security levels in diverse African contexts.

Editors Dr Greetje Schouten, Dr Sietze Vellema and Dr Martijn Vink draw attention to the importance of contextual factors, such as agricultural policies, in determining food security. Specifically, institutions – often defined as ‘the rules of the game’: the social rules that structure a society’s interactions – are crucial in shaping food security. In the issue, 13 articles are presented that investigate approaches and methods diagnosing how institutions influence food security levels in diverse African contexts.

Locally appropriate interventions

The issue combines diverse contributions, in terms of scientific perspectives, methodologies and geographical regions. The authors draw two main conclusions. First, there is a clear need for institutional diagnostics to understand developments in food security in Africa. This can in turn inform and guide decision-makers in designing locally appropriate interventions.

Second, food insecurity is a complex problem emerging from a configuration of distinct processes. To develop a thorough understanding of how institutions work and to identify what an institutional context can do in this regard, they argue in favour of an interdisciplinary approach.

Partnerships Resource Centre

The Partnerships Resource Centre (PrC) is a specialist research centre at RSM. The PrC envisions a more sustainable and inclusive world in which business, civil society and governments each play an important role to create collaborative and inclusive solutions for complex societal issues. This special issue reflects that view.

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