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Hundreds of proposals and papers now apply ‘food systems methods’ – but rarely is this defined, and more rarely still does this work take an end-to-end approach, from farm to fork. This 1.45-hour session will explain conceptual and methodological approaches to food systems research, and present findings from a flagship ‘end-to-end’ study in West Africa which has generated evidence on vegetable food systems for healthy diets.
We will present food systems theory, and a systematic scoping review of multidisciplinary methods that focus on analysing and understanding complex systems. We will present methods and some empirical findings from a set of studies in Benin, West Africa, which illustrate how a systems-level study can be undertaken, presented by PhD students and research assistants as well as senior scientists. In the panel discussions, presenters and the audience will reflect on the process and methods of undertaking systems-focused research.
- WorldVeg, Thailand
- National University of Agriculture, Benin
- WorldVeg, Benin
- University of Abomey Calavi, Benin
- European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
- Jody Harris WorldVeg, Thailand
- Nestor Alokpai National, University of Agriculture, Benin
- Ferdinand Ayimasse, WorldVeg, Benin
- Lys Aglinglo, WorldVeg, Benin
- Christelle Komalan, WorldVeg, Benin
- Raoudath Bouraima, University of Abomey Calavi, and WorldVeg, Benin
- Roos Verstraten, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Italy
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