Challenges and lessons learned in improving policymakers’ access to evidence on food and nutrition security

Evidence is essential to inform, frame, and guide interventions (policies, plans, programmes, and projects) that structure community development. At the local level in Africa, local authorities are experimenting with decentralization in a context of poverty and social inequality, resulting in important trade-offs being made between vital daily needs, scarce resources, and political considerations. In such a context, evidence represents an…

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How we identified evidence needs and curated available evidence for policymakers

Recent research by ACED indicated that local policymakers are aware of the usefulness and importance of evidence for better decision making, including informing social dashboards, budget planning, developing community programs and projects, etc. However, in practice, very few policymakers use evidence before making decisions because of the difficulties in accessing reliable, up-to-date, and relevant evidence. Evidence, particularly scientific evidence (research…

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