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Title: Using interview triads to understand the barriers to effective food security policy in Kenya: a case study application
Authors: Brownhill, Leigh
Hickey, Gordon M
Keywords: INTERVIEW TRIADS
FOOD SECURITY
COMMUNICATION PATHWAYS
FOOD POLICY
KNOWLEDGE INTEGRATION
KENYA
FARMING
RESILIENCE
GOVERNANCE
Date: 2012
Citation: Brownhill, L. & Hickey, G. M. (2012). Using interview triads to understand the barriers to effective food security policy in Kenya: a case study application. Food Security. doi: 10.1007/s12571-012-0183-2
Abstract: This paper presents the results of an exploratory study on food security policy in Kenya. Key informant interviews are used to provide a ‘multiperspective’ lens through which to garner insights into Kenya’s food security policy processes and emerging resilient farming system practices. Seeking to situate the policy-making process in its ‘real-life’ institutional context, we identified three interlinked institutions (at government, research and farm levels) and interviewed individuals within each who could speak authoritatively on food policy challenges. We concentrated on Wote, a semi-arid agro-pastoral area in Makueni County, Eastern Province. From different starting points, the interviewees came to agree on the biggest challenges to the development of effective food security policy in Kenya: information, research and education. The paper further reflects on the methodology and assesses its potential efficacy in the study of hunger and its solutions, especially in the realm of knowledge integration, the democratization of research and policy-making processes and the opening up of reciprocal communication pathways amongst institutional actors.
ISSN: 1876-4517
1876-4525
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/50449
Project Number: 106510
Project Title: Enhancing Ecologically Resilient Food Security in the Semiarid Midlands of Kenya (CIFSRF)
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Copyright: Springer
International Society for Plant Pathology
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