Food Security & Nutrition

Piero Ronzani

Piero Ronzani is a postdoctoral researcher at ISDC, Berlin. His fields of research are Behavioral and Experimental Economics. His main topic of research is the role of poverty in decision-making processes. Piero’s research agenda includes studying decisions under risk and testing public policies in experimental settings. Piero is passionate about behavioural development economics, lab-in-the-field experiments, […]

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Mariami Marsagishvili

Mariami Marsagishvili is a student research assistant in the Welfare Program at ISDC. Her biggest interest lies in the power of humanity to fight for change. Currently she is working on her master thesis, which investigates the influence of collective action on Forest Landscape Restoration practices in Ethiopia. Previously she worked at NGO Hudara on […]

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Evaluation of UNHCR’s Engagement in Humanitarian-Development Cooperation

Displacement trends show that developing countries host most of the world’s refugees and are dealing with displacement that lasts longer today than in the past. UNHCR sees an opportunity to improve outcomes for both refugees and host communities by combining humanitarian and development strategies. In most cases, increased humanitarian-development cooperation had primarily positive effects on […]

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Syria: Do complex agricultural interventions strengthen food security? (Evidence brief)

Agricultural interventions in crises and conflict settings have a notable and significant impact in improving the food security status of households in the short-term. However, such programmes require more precise targeting and intervention clustering if they aim to strengthen resilience. The evidence brief discusses these findings and draws recommendations based on an impact evaluation in […]

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Melodie Daccache

Melodie is a Researcher in Public Health Nutrition at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and affiliate researcher in the Welfare Research Program at the ISDC. Her research focuses on the determinants of maternal and child health, food insecurity, and nutrition in developing contexts, especially in emergency settings. She has worked as a Research Assistant […]

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Supporting Emergency Needs, Early Recovery and Longer-term Resilience in Syria’s Agriculture Sector (Endline Report 2021)

Endline Report of the Impact Assessment of the FCDO- funded FAO Programme in Syria The “Supporting emergency needs, early recovery and longer-term resilience in Syria’s agriculture sector” project is a FAO programme in Syria, funded by FCDO (previously DFID). FAO Syria implemented the programme between October 2017 and May 2021 in nine Governorates across Syria, […]

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Drivers of food choice among children and caregivers in post-earthquake Nepal

Food systems in many countries are experiencing a shift from traditional foods towards processed foods high in sugar, fat and salt, but low in dietary fiber and micronutrients. There is an urgent need to better understand drivers of changing food behavior, particularly for lower- income countries. This study analyzes drivers of food choice among children […]

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McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Kyrgyzstan: Study on Nutritional and Learning Variables, Phase II

The overall objective of this study is to generate a solid evidence base of Mercy Corps Kyrgyzstan’s McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition program’s impacts on nutrition and learning outcomes.  The specific aims for this study are: Aim 1: To develop and implement a mixed-methods research design for the collection of informative survey data […]

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Dorothee Weiffen

Dorothee Weiffen is a Researcher in the Welfare Program at ISDC. Her research interests include food and nutritional security, livelihoods and well-being in developing contexts, especially in conflict-affected settings. Dorothee’s methodological areas of expertise are experimental and quasi-experimental impact evaluations, quantitative statistical analysis, machine learning approaches and micro-level data collection. Previously, she worked as a […]

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McGovern-Dole Food for Education and Child Nutrition in Kyrgyzstan – Baseline Study on Nutritional Variables

In this “Baseline Study on Nutritional Variables”, we address three broad research questions around nutrition in the context of the national Food for Education and Child Nutrition (FFE) program in Kyrgyzstan. The three questions are: RQ1: What is the status of nutrition in Kyrgyz households with primary grade children? Here, we place particular and novel […]

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7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC – International Security and Development Center invite submission of proposals for sessions and individual research papers for the 7th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held online during October 26-28, 2021. The conference […]

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HG4RR Webinar Series: Impact of home gardens on household dietary diversity and micronutrient status in rural Tanzania

Join us for the third webinar in the HG4RR Webinar Series on April 20th, 14:00-15:00 CET. We will be joined by Drs. Hadijah Mbwana and Victoria Gowele, from the Department of Food Technology, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Morogoro, Tanzania. Dr. Mbwana’s presentation, “Seasonal and agro-climatic variations in kitchen […]

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17th Annual Workshop of the Households in Conflict Network: Conflict, Migration, and Displacement

The complex nexus of forced migration, development, and security is central to the analysis of household welfare. Any empirical analysis of the link between conflict and forced migration faces issues due to endogeneity, generalizability, or data quality. The workshop thus aims at discussing creative and innovative approaches that allow dealing with the above issues to […]

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HG4RR Webinar Series – The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience and Food Security

Note : l’interprétation en français sera disponible pour ce webinaire. Join us for “The Permagarden Pathway to Resilience & Food Security: Lessons in Scaling Up from Nepal and Uganda” on 16 March 14:00-15:00 CET (Berlin Time). This webinar, the second in the HG4RR 2021 Webinar Series, is co-hosted with the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-funded […]

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Gendered Dimensions of Protracted Forced Displacement in Sudan

The overall objective of this project is to study gendered dimensions of livelihoods in the context of protracted forced displacement. Specifically, we perform four sets of empirical analyses: We provide in-depth insights into the gendered differences in livelihood outcomes among long-term internally displaced persons (IDPs), including realized and aspired outcomes. We study the gendered constraints shaping […]

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Gendered Dimensions of Forced Displacement in North-east Nigeria

The overall objective of this project is to study gendered dimensions of livelihoods in the context of forced displacement in a rural humanitarian emergency setting. Specifically, we perform four sets of empirical analyses: We provide in-depth insights into the gendered differences in livelihood outcomes among internally displaced persons (IDPs), including realized and aspired outcomes. We study the […]

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HG4RR Webinar Series: Nutrition Income Generation Intervention, Uganda

Join us for the 2021 HG4RR Webinar Series about home gardens intervention and evaluation in crisis settings each third Tuesday, February through June, 14-15:00 Berlin Time. For the first session in the five-part series, we will be joined by Marlene Roefs and Kat Pittore of Wageningen Center for Development Innovation who will talk about the […]

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A White Paper on Identifying Priority Variables on Households, Firms and Markets for Understanding Micro-Dynamics of Food Security in Insecure Situations

The earlier famine and other forms of acute and severe food crises can be identified, the sooner programmatic responses can be designed and implemented. Often, however, these earliest stages fall into a grey area: where food insecurity is too severe to be considered a development problem but not severe enough to be considered a humanitarian […]

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Supporting Emergency Needs, Early Recovery and Longer-term Resilience in Syria’s Agriculture Sector

Funded by DFID, FAO Syria is implementing the “Supporting emergency needs, early recovery and longer-term resilience in Syria’s agriculture sector” programme, which delivers “emergency” and “recovery” support to rural households across Syria. The programme has two principal stages: a “baseline stage” taking place in 2018/2019 and a “midline and endline stage” taking place in 2019/2020. […]

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