The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations suggests that 690 million people went hungry in 2019. Even more people cannot access healthy and nutritious food. This problem is getting worse year after year as the population grows and efforts to ensure food security has led to subpar results. IFSD’s work on Agrifood Systems aims to generate research insights, practical solutions, and policy options to tackle this problem globally.

Services and activities

Community of Practice Initiative (CPI) in Food security engaging practitioners and researchers from Australia, Asia and the Pacific

Contribution to policy seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on food security in South Asia

Research contribution to a project analysing the impact of COVID-19 on agriculture and food security in Asia

Research contribution to a project analysing innovation systems transformation in natural resources management for food security and livelihoods

Advisory services to agro-entrepreneurship development

Research and policy analysis – reshaping agriculture in the context of reverse youth migration in South Asia

Training and capacity building in agricultural research and innovation systems

Agrifood Systems

Integrating Gender in Disaster Management

IFSD Gender specialist delivered a series of seminars and lectures to international participants who attended a training on disaster management, organised by University of Queensland and Scope Global with funding from Australian government Department of

Non-State Actors and the Coproduction of Policy Knowledge

Dr. Prativa Sapkota delivered a presentation on “Non-state research and the co-production of environmental policy knowledge: Lessons from the three decades of experience in Nepal’s forest, climate change, and land sectors”. The conference was organised

Urban water governance seminar at University of Canberra

Dr. Hemant Ojha, IFSD Principal Advisor and also the Adjunct Associate Professor of gave a talk on “Co-producing deliberative space: Reflections from city level water forum initiatives in India and Nepal”. His talk is based

Australia-Nepal sharing experiences on urban water management

On 6 September 2020, IFSD Australia and Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) organised an online workshop to share urban water management lessons and experiences between the professionals of the two countries. A total of 60 participants