Strengthening the food systems governance evidence base: Supporting commensurability of research through a systematic review of methods

Delaney, Aogán; Evans, Tom; McGreevy, John; Blekking, Jordan; Schlachter, Tyler; Korhonen-Kurki, Kaisa; Tamás, Peter A.; Crane, Todd A.; Eakin, Hallie; Förch, Wiebke; Jones, Lindsey; Nelson, Donald R.; Oberlack, Christoph; Purdon, Mark (2016). Strengthening the food systems governance evidence base: Supporting commensurability of research through a systematic review of methods (CCAFS Working Paper 167). Frederiksberg, Denmark: CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

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Governance of food systems is a poorly understood determinant of food security. Much scholarship on food systems governance is non-empirical, while existing research is often case study-based and theoretically and methodologically incommensurable. This frustrates aggregation of evidence and generalisation. We undertook a systematic review of methods used in food systems governance research with a view to identifying a core set of indicators for future research. We gathered literature through a structured consultation and sampling from recent reviews. Indicators were identified and classified according to the levels and sectors they investigate. We found a concentration of indicators in food production at local to national levels and a sparseness in distribution and consumption. Unsurprisingly, many indicators of institutional structure were found, while agency-related indicators are moderately represented. We call for piloting and validation of these indicators and for methodological development to fill gaps identified. These efforts are expected to support a more consolidated future evidence base and eventual meta-analysis.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Urban & Regional Planing
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Oberlack, Christoph

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

Series:

CCAFS Working Paper

Publisher:

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

15 Apr 2016 15:39

Last Modified:

08 Sep 2017 13:37

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.80905

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/80905

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