In QUALITY.3, we hence study the role of sustainable plant-based crop systems for food and nutritional security, both in conditions of poverty and institutional fragility and in more advanced economies, where rapid changes in human nutrition will also have to occur. Specifically, we pursue three related research themes. First, we analyze how plant-based food value chains can adapt to produce more diverse, healthier diets, especially in times of climate change. Second, we investigate if and how interventions such as school and home gardens can strengthen economic development, gender equality, food and nutritional security in low income settings. Third, we study how consumers adapt their behavior and preferences in general and their diets specifically in rapidly changing food systems. Methodologically, we will invest in primary panel data collection such as the “Life in Kyrgyzstan Study”, combining social science and natural science methods and data to advance our understanding of the horticultural value chain and its relation to food and nutritional security. For our work on home and school gardens, we will work with experts especially in Asia, for example in the Drivers of Food Choice project and in the Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR) international expert network. We will also conduct experimental investigations in consumer behavior, exploring collaborations with other social and natural scientists as IGZ and beyond, for example in the “Food4Future” project.
QUALITY.3 Economic development and Food Security
Head of RG QUALITY.3: Prof Dr Tilman Brück
Food insecurity and malnutrition are most prevalent in countries with low levels of economic development and high levels of institutional fragility. Extreme weather events caused by climate change will further aggravate this challenge, both in developing and developed countries.
Food security and violent conflict: Introduction to the special issue
Brück, T.; d´Errico, M. 2019. Food security and violent conflict: Introduction to the special issue. World Development 117, 167-171.
Editorial – Micro-economics of violent conflict
Verwimp, P.; Justino, P.; Brück, T. 2019. Editorial – Micro-economics of violent conflict. Journal of Development Economics.
The Impact of Job Quality on Wellbeing: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan
Esenaliev, D.; Ferguson, N. 2019. The Impact of Job Quality on Wellbeing: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Social Indicators Research, 144(1), 337–378.
Money Can’t Buy Love but Can It Buy Peace? Evidence from PEACE II
Brück, T.; Ferguson, N.T.N. 2018. Money Can’t Buy Love but Can It Buy Peace? Evidence from PEACE II. Conflict Management and Peace Science.
The Microeconomics of Violent Conflict
Verwimp, P.; Justino, P.; Brück, T. 2018. Editorial: The Microeconomics of Violent Conflict. Journal of Development Economics, in press.
The effects of violent conflict on household resilience and food security: Evidence from the 2014 Gaza conflict
Brück, T.; d’Errico, M.; Pietrelli, R. 2018. The effects of violent conflict on household resilience and food security: Evidence from the 2014 Gaza conflict. World Development.
Insurance for Technology Adoption: An Experimental Evaluation of Schemes and Subsidies with Maize Farmers in Mexico
Freudenreich, H.; and Mußhoff, O. 2018. Insurance for Technology Adoption: An Experimental Evaluation of Schemes and Subsidies with Maize Farmers in Mexico. Journal of Agricultural Economics 69, 96-120.
Post-socialist transition and intergenerational educational mobility in Kyrgyzstan.
Brueck, T.; Esenaliev, D. 2018. Post-Socialist Transition and the Intergenerational Educational Mobility in Kyrgyzstan. Economics of Transition 26, 61-89.
The connection between social cohesion and personality: A multilevel study in the Kyrgyz Republic
Larsen, M.; Esenaliev, D.; Brück, T.; Boehnke, K. 2018. The connection between social cohesion and personality: A multilevel study in the Kyrgyz Republic. International Journal of Psychology 2018 Nov 28.
Violent Conflict and Inequality
Bircan, C.; Brück, T.; Vothknecht,M. 2017. Violent Conflict and Inequality. Oxford Development Studies, 45, 125-144.
Can rigorous impact evaluations improve humanitarian assistance?
Puri, J.; Aladysheva, A.; Iversen, V.; Ghorpade, Y.; Brück, T. 2017. Can rigorous impact evaluations improve humanitarian assistance? Journal of Development Effectiveness 9, 519-542.
Conflict and Development: Recent Research Advances and Future Agendas
Brueck, T.; Justino, P.; Martin-Shields, CP. 2017. Conflict and Development: Recent Research Advances and Future Agendas. WIDER Working Paper, Nr. 178/2017.→
Micro-Foundations of Fragility: Concept, Measurements, and Application
Baliki, G.; Brueck, T.; Ferguson, NTN.; Kebede, S. 2017. Micro-Foundations of Fragility: Concept, Measurements, and Application. IZA Discussion Paper Nr. 11188→
Special issue: Food security and violent conflict
Brück, T.; d’Errico, M., eds. 2019. Special issue: Food security and violent conflict. World Development. Elsevier Ltd., Netherlands.
Joint Lab PhaSe – Phytochemistry and biofunctionality of plant Secondary metabolites
Subject of our research at the Joint Lab PhaSe is research how secondary plant metabolite...
Impact Evaluation of the Malteser International Food Security Programmes in South Sudan
Food insecurity and malnutrition are increasingly being concentrated in conflict-affected regions and humanitarian emergencies....
Home Gardens for Resilience and Recovery (HG4RR)
Das überordnete Ziel des Projekts besteht darin, ein internationales Experten-Netzwerk zu schaffen, das sich der Schaffung und dem Austausch von Wissen in d...