1. Food System Dynamics

  • Scoping study:
    • empirical review of changing patterns in food consumption;
    • current snaphot;
    • changes since 1960;
    • empirical projections through 2050.
  • Decision point: Which value chains will grow fastest over the coming 40 years? In which value chains and locations will field interviews with the private sector prove most productive? 
  • Field work:  • forward-looking projections in Eastern and Southern Africa

    • i. Private sector interviews: • inventory recent food system investments, • what food system changes do they anticipate over next two decades, • what skills will they need, • current sources of skilled labor, • extent to which local universities are providing the required skills.
    • ii. Public sector food system leaders (NARS, ministries, nutrition and food centers; food safety and standards boards): • skill requirements, • analytical and information challenges, • how adequately are local universities and training institutions responding.
    • iii. Associations of institutions of higher learning: •  their experience making university teaching more demand driven.
    • iv. IFAD projects: • consult with local IFAD and project staff in countries selected for field investigations; • relevant projects may include: value chain projects (dairy, oilseeds, etc), agricultural marketing, agricultural production and irrigation, rural finance; • IFAD country offices to identify key project and IFAD staff they would like to see involved in MAFS field consultations.
  • Analysis

    • i. Develop a typology of expected trajectories and related skill needs in the food system;
    • ii. Identify key skill requirements in private sector;
    • iii. Identify key skill requirements in government.
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