Research on evidence-based policy making shows that involving the users of knowledge in its generation significantly increases its incorporation into policy and practice.

Food Governance and Policy Reform (POLICY)

Policy engagement is a crosscutting issue across all the CoE activities and was presented as a Key Performance Area (Information brokerage and service rendering) in the 2016 Business Plan. However, if we intend making an impact on the future food security in South Africa, we need to be actively engaged in the facilitation of dialogue that not only informs policy making with the research we have done in the first two years of the Centre but also helps shape the research of the CoE. This will serve as a two-way interaction between researchers and policy makers. To address this, the POLICY Programme has been established as both a programme of action research and serves as our Knowledge Brokerage platform.

Those who are entrusted with ensuring national food security in the public and private sectors, and in civil society, researchers and those who care about the future of the country need to engage in critical debates on food security policy to inform current policy processes and reach consensus for actions from all stakeholders. However, this debate and policy decisions need to be informed by independent analysis and up-to-date information. In turn, academic research needs to be informed by the needs of policy makers and other users of this knowledge if it is to be relevant. Several decades of research on evidence-based policy making shows that involving the users of knowledge in its generation significantly increases its incorporation into policy and practice.

This programme also has significant synergies with the SYSTEMS and PLATES research programmes.

Rights to food in tertiary education

Knowledge brokerage platform

Case studies in governance

Right to food

Mapping the regulatory framework for food security

Participatory governance

Community level review

Innovation and governance

Professor Bruno Losch

bruno.losch@cirad.fr

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