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Conceptual frameworks linking agriculture and food security


Nicholson, CF and Kopainsky, B and Stephens, EC and Parsons, D and Jones, AD and Garrett, J and Phillips, EL, Conceptual frameworks linking agriculture and food security, Nature Food, 1, (9) pp. 541-551. ISSN 2662-1355 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s43016-020-00142-3


Many conceptual frameworks have been developed to facilitate understanding and analysis of the linkages between agriculture and food security. Despite having usefully guided analysis and investment, these frameworks exhibit wide diversity in perspectives, assumptions and application. This Review Article examines this diversity, providing an approach to assess frameworks and suggesting improvements in the way they are specified and applied. Using criteria-based systems modelling conventions, we evaluate 36 frameworks. We find that many frameworks are developed for the purpose of illustration rather than analysis and do not clearly indicate causal relationships, tending to ignore the dynamic (stability) dimensions of agriculture and food security and lacking clear intervention points for improving food security through agriculture. By applying system modelling conventions to a widely used framework, we illustrate how such conventions can enhance the usefulness of a framework for overall illustration purposes, delineate hypotheses on agricultur food security links and examine potential impacts of interventions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Food sciences
Research Field:Food sustainability
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences
UTAS Author:Parsons, D (Dr David Parsons)
ID Code:152531
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Research Performance and Analysis
Deposited On:2022-08-20
Last Modified:2022-09-15

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