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Enabling Environment Cross-Cutting Approach

Sustainable and inclusive equitable food systems require an enabling institutional environment.

For each actor in the food system to do their part, we need institutions, norms, laws, and regulations, which:

  • Give actors the incentives to engage
  • Reward norm compliance and penalize deviations
  • Provide premium on food quality and safety
  • Give voice to all groups and actors, including smallholders and vulnerable consumers
  • Create opportunities for innovation and synergistic collaborations

This Cross-Cutting Approach (CCA) will:

  • Explore enabling environments for increased adoption of more sustainable and productive alternative practices, technologies, and systems.
  • Translate evidence-based findings to policy makers at different levels as well as other stakeholders that can influence and catalyze change at different contexts (either state/regional or national level).
  • Engage with policy makers at different levels to inform research activities.

Through our work as part of the Livestock Systems Innovation Lab we have experience in:

  • Translating research evidence to wider audience
  • Dialogue with decision-makers in-country
  • Inclusive processes to identify bottlenecks and opportunities
  • Platforms with producer and consumer groups
  • Co-sponsoring events on salient issues

Thus the Enabling Environment CCA will work with thematic leaders, faculty, researchers and students to build up our knowledge/resource/tool base across contexts and produce new evidence on key enabling institutional factors. The team will also guide and support FSI faculty and researchers in incorporating strategies for analyzing the enabling environment for the innovations they are pursuing, identifying assessment tools. We encourage the inclusion of social scientists with expertise in influencing the institutional environment (e.g., political economists) in research teams.

FSI Leads for the Enabling Environment Cross-Cutting Approach:

Andrea Bohn
Renata Serra