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Steve is an agricultural economist who has worked on agricultural and rural development since 1972, as planner, teacher and researcher initially in Latin America, subsequently focusing on sub-Saharan Africa. He joined ODI in 2002. His interests centre on rural livelihoods, agricultural development, rural poverty, and food and nutrition security.

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A farmer in Menz, Ethiopia gets help from her 10 year old daughter in keeping her sheep. Publications and resources

The role of development finance institutions in addressing food security in vulnerable contexts

The challenges of food security and economic development in fragile contexts have become urgent. This report asks what more can be done to address food security in such contexts using private sector solutions.
Ploughing with cattle in southwestern Ethiopia. Credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann Publications and resources

How can development partners support food security in protracted crises?

This policy brief, developed for the UK’s 2023 Global Food Security Summit, summarises insights from recent SPARC research on how to bolster food security in countries affected by conflict and protracted crises.
Rice Farmers in Cambodia Publications and resources

Farming After Fighting

Farming after fighting: a report that examines agricultural recovery after conflict, using global case studies to extract insights and gather learnings.
Pastoralist carrying maize Publications and resources

Food prices in Mali and Sudan

This study looks at food prices in Mali and Sudan to see how they changed between 2019 and mid-2022, when the prices of global basic goods spiked, in part pushed higher by war in Ukraine.

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wheat field Blog

Shocking price increases in Mali and Sudan: what, why, and so what?

This blog summarises the findings of a recently published report from SPARC, that looks at the spike in food prices in Mali and Sudan between 2019-2022, in part pushed higher by war in Ukraine.
Women Sell Cassava Flour at Market, Abuja / Image: IFPRI/Milo Mitchell, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Blog

The Russia-Ukraine War: What will happen to food prices, and what can we learn from prior shocks?

Read here about the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian war on commodity prices (wheat and fertiliser) and policy implications for countries in North and sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East

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