Collecting Data When the Going Gets Tough

In March 2017, two days before I was supposed to leave for Northern Nigeria to set up a final round of survey data collection for an evaluation, two German expats were kidnapped from a village in the area and held for ransom. My role as an analyst on the multi-donor AgResults initiative – a project to encourage and reward high-impact agricultural innovations that promote global food security, health and nutrition – was to supervise training and the beginning of field work with the local survey firm we hired to ensure that we received clean, usable data.

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Agricultural Development: A Valuable Tool for Peacebuilding in Conflict Countries

South Sudan, created in 2011, fell into civil war in 2013. A new white paper argues that a bottom-up approach to development is one way to make conflicts such as South Sudan's less likely.

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Want Healthier Eating? Evidence Shows Limiting Choice Works

The federal government runs two programs to help poorer Americans feed their families. Evidence shows that if getting poor households to eat more healthy foods is a major policy goal, we should seriously consider limiting choice in food assistance.-

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Regional Trade Stabilizes West Africa’s Food Supply. How Do We Make It Work Better?

Staple commodity trade across West Africa is the golden key to food security and economic security in one of the world's poorest corners. How can we grow and professionalize this trade in West Africa?

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A "Menu" of Policies to Improve Diets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and nutrition assistance programs more broadly are intended to eliminate hunger and improve diet. What's the strongest evidence for improving the diets of SNAP participants?

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Categories: Food Security

The Missed Opportunities between mHealth and mAgriculture

A recent ICTforAg event demonstrated how much of an opportunity there is for collaboration between mHealth and mAgriculture, both of which use mobile phones and wireless tools to advance their fields.

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Rethinking Food Assistance: From Evidence to Policy

It is hard for most of us to imagine going to bed hungry or worried that we can't feed our family because we lack money to do so. Unfortunately 15 percent of American households-48 million people-face this situation. For these people, food security-defined as having access to food at all times and enough food for an active, healthy life-is elusive.

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Categories: Food Security

Abt Associates Supports the Achievement of the Global Goals

Working with Abt means engaging every day with those who are dedicated to improving the well-being of people worldwide in an array of areas including health, climate change, food security and education. And, being part of Abt's activities leading up to and including the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals last month added a new level of inspiration for me to continue the type of work we do.

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