Systematic Review of Food Security


KIT conducted a systematic review of food security in middle and low income countries to inform policy in light of recent best practices. The publication was presented at the OECD conference on food security and to the Netherlands parliament.

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The impact of development interventions

For several years food security has featured prominently on the development agenda. Many Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries undertake food security interventions in low and medium income countries. This systematic review was designed to build on interventions over the past decade and inform current policy, thus maximising efficiency and increasing the impact on food security.

The review attempted to answer the question “What is the impact of development interventions on food security in developing countries?”

38 qualified case studies plus 46 other reviews were used in the evaluation of interventions aimed at increasing production, developing value chains, reforming market regulations, and improving land security. These findings were presented by the Dutch Policy and Operations Evaluation Department (IOB) to fellow agencies in OECD countries.

Results of the review

The review was published in December 2011, and presented at a variety of forums, including the OECD conference on food security. The publication was shared with the Netherlands parliament, providing inputs for current government policy for enhancing food security. In total, over a thousand copies of the review were distributed worldwide.