Agrilinks will host a special 30-minute Q&A with food security policy researchers Suresh Chandra Babu and Duncan Boughton on what recent policy research shows us on the way forward in strengthening the national policy systems.
In most developing countries, there is a disconnect between the evidence generated by policy research and analysis and the policy making process. How do we overcome this gap in order to enhance food security and nutrition outcomes? The high cost of food security policy decisions made in the absence of evidence led the development community to invest heavily in evidence generation for addressing policy problems. Yet evidence generation does not guarantee sound policy making. Understanding the policy process and the capacity of the actors and players of the policy system is key for the effective conversion of research into policy and program action.
Over the last four years, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy brought researchers and collaborators from several institutions and developing countries together to understand the role of policy processes for increasing the policy impact. It also helped to identify the weakest linkages at various stages of the policy process to speed up evidence-based policy making.
This event will address:
Why, even with research and analysis, is the policy making process seldom evidence-based?
What constraints do policy makers face to incorporate evidence in decision making?
What capacities are needed to enhance the role of evidence in policy making?
This event is part of Agrilinks’ food security policy month this June.