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Development economics


2015 - heute

Horticultural activity offers a unique opportunity to strengthen both income and food security for smallholder farmers. Moreover, people displaced by conflict and instability can turn to garden production to supplement incomes and diets. Small scale vegetable production by women can also help re-dress traditional gender norms.

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At the same time, vegetable and ornamental crops are important elements of national and global value chains and play an increasing role in organic and fair trade production systems. Combining biological and economic knowledge can then help to build horticultural production systems which make a sustainable contribution to socio-economic development.

The development economics team at IGZ studies these issues based on empirical evidence. We analyze the occupational choices and the welfare implications of horticultural production, the gender dimensions of horticultural systems, and the implications for food security and nutrition, including for children. We have a particular focus on the role of horticulture in crises situations, offering a path to food security and livelihood diversification for some of the poorest and most vulnerable households.