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The World Bank and the Eurasian Center for Food Security are pleased to announce the fifth round of Food Policy Case Studies. Proposals for case studies are invited on various topics that address the impact of COVID-19 crisis on food and nutrition security in Eurasia.

The objective of the call for proposals is to:

  • generate policy-relevant evidence and identify policy options to alleviate the food and nutrition security Impacts of the COVID-19 crisis;
  • foster collaboration between researchers in the Eurasia region in the area of food security and food policy research.

This call is open to researchers, lecturers and professors from Armenia, The Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan with an active research agenda in food and nutrition security.

Deadline Applications are accepted until May 31, 2020. Successful applicants will be informed if they have been selected by June 15, 2020.

Research Topic The cross-cutting topic for 2020 case study competition is Food Security and Food Policy Implications of COVID-19 Crisis.


How to Apply

1. Review the Call for Proposals which includes the case study methodology and structure, eligibility requirements, working arrangements and timeline.

2. Prepare your proposal. The proposals should be no longer than an one page (A4), and they should be submitted in English or Russian, with English preferred. The proposal should adhere to the following structure:

i. Case title and the country of the case;
ii. Corresponding author and affiliation (including email address, telephone);
iii. Name of co-author (if any) and affiliation (including email address, telephone);
iv. Problem Statement based on the selected topic (200 words or less). Please note the overarching topic for 2020 case study competition is “Food Security and Food Policy Implications of COVID-19 Crisis”. Only proposals that correspond to this topic will be accepted;
v. Background Information, including why the case study topic has been selected;
vi. Description of stakeholders affected by the existing or proposed food policy;
vii. Key policy issues and constraints identified.

3. Attach short CVs of case study author(s) to the e-mail.

4. E-mail your proposal and CV to Dariga Chukmaitova, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Anna Buyvolova, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Subject: Case Study 2020. 

Eligibility Requirements

The selected case study authors should be current full-time or part-time researchers, lecturers or professors working on topics relevant to food policy, food security, nutrition, agricultural development or related field from the Eurasia region. The researchers should have an active research agenda in a range of topics relevant to food and nutrition security. 

Language. Knowledge of English and/or Russian language is a requirement. 

Team composition. Collaboration between researchers in two or more countries is highly encouraged.

Applicant selection

The case studies will be selected from the proposals submitted until the application deadline (May 31, 2020) based on the following selection criteria: (a) Relevance of the topic (ability to justify the relevance of selected topic); (b) Relevance of education and professional experience of the authors; and (c) Quality of the proposal and its correspondence to the structure and topic mentioned above. Selected case study authors will be invited for an interview. Interviews will be conducted online to get a better understanding of the level of motivation to participate in the project.  


1. May 31, 2020: Deadline for submission of proposals.

2. June 15, 2020: Proposal selection and notification.

3. June 22-26, 2020: Online training sessions on the case study methodology will be organized for the selected case study authors. During this five-day session, the case study authors will participate in a mandatory online session for 2 hours per day. The objective of the online training sessions is to provide in-depth training to the case study authors on the methodology and process of developing a successful case study. On the final day of the online training, the participants will be required to present a detailed case study outline for their topic. The outline will be reviewed by the review panel and the peers. If the review is successful, the case study authors will be expected to produce a case study within three months. Only those who have successfully passed the training and the outline review are eligible for publication of the case and for remuneration.

4. August 3, 2020: Participation in a mid-project progress review (via videoconference).

5. September 30, 2020: Submission of the first draft of the case study to the World Bank in English.

6. October 1 – October 15, 2020: Peer review of case studies.

7. October 31, 2020: Submission of the revised case study based on feedback provided by peer reviewers.

8. November 19, 2020:Submission of the final version of the case study and case study presentation PPT.

9. Exact dates to be announced: Presentation of the completed case study at the Annual Eurasian Food Security Conference or other face-to-face or online broader discussion.  In case of face-to-face event, travel assistance provided.


Selected case study authors will be issued Short-term consultant contracts with the World Bank for a period of 20 days. The remuneration rates will depend on consultant qualifications and experience. In order to be eligible for remuneration, the case study authors should follow the methodology and timeline as presented in the Call for Proposals.