New Round of Collaborative Research: Case Studies on Food Security in Eurasia

Topic The topic of this year’s collaborative research is: “The response of governments and other decision-making groups (farmers, consumers, traders, etc.) to past shocks and crises in the food and agricultural systems in the country selected”. The study should analyze and report both what action (response) was taken and why. The study, which should focus on shocks such as price, production, or income shocks during the last 10–15 years, should be based on existing reports and publications, as well as interviews of policy makers, advisors, farmers, consumers, and others who took action in response to the shocks or crises. These shocks may have been caused by droughts and other weather-related events, or large and abrupt changes in food production and/ or prices. The overall purpose of the studies is to enhance understanding of the decision-making processes and improve the ability to predict responses to future shocks in the food and agricultural systems. Format and Methodology This research will take the form of case studies. Please see last year’s ECFS case studies for reference. You can find the case study methodology here. Team Composition Each team will have two researchers, one of whom is based in a Central Asian country. It is hoped that there will be one case study from each of the five Central Asian countries and Armenia. Project Grants Grants will be offered to case study authors selected to participate in the project on a competitive basis. These grants will cover salary (World Bank short-term consultant compensation) and travel costs directly associated with the project. Project Timeline
  • May 2–24: Formulate the case study topic, finalize the research team, and prepare and submit a 2-page abstract of the proposed study no later than May 24.
  • May 29–30: Participate in the case study workshop in Moscow.
  • June–August: Write the case study.
  • August 15: Submit a first draft of the case study for review.
  • August 16–September 3: An expert panel reviews the case studies.
  • September 4–15: Revise the case study based on the review feedback.
  • September 22: Submit a case study PPT presentation for the Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference.
  • October 3–4: Present the completed case study at the Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference.
  • October–December: Edit and print the case study publication.
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