What is ALiVE?

The global food system is facing multiple shocks, from pandemics to the increasing frequency of extreme weather events due to climate change. At the same time, there is persistent inequality in food distribution, with millions of people undernourished globally. How can we build a food system that is resilient to shocks, supports farmer livelihoods and improves food security globally?

People are integral to the food system. Modelling the impacts of climate change on crops and developing new crop varieties is one piece of the puzzle, but how do these results relate to people’s livelihoods, their ability to adopt new farming practices and their food security on the ground? Linking information on crop vulnerability to information on people’s vulnerability, their livelihoods, what they produce, consume and sell, is a key part of understanding the food system’s vulnerability to shocks.

Run jointly by The Walker Academy and Evidence for Development, this course will teach you how quantitative data on people’s livelihoods can be collected, analysed and integrated in an interdisciplinary framework with information from food and climate science, to support a system-wide analysis of food system resilience.

 Through a combination of interactive exercises, group and pair work, videos, expert panels and presentations, you will be able toanalyse livelihoods data for yourself, consider its application in yourown research and learn how to set up and implement a field-based study.

Programme Structure

The course runs over three days. Each day, there are two, two-hour sessions: a morning session and an afternoon session. There will be homework set each day that will take around an hour to complete.

Duration: 3 days – 2 x two-hour sessions per day

Dates: TBC

Location: The course will be held entirely online. Teaching will take place via Zoom with course materials made available on the Walker Academy

Cost: TBC

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