Towards climate change adaptation with community-based monitoring

The impacts of climate change are already being felt worldwide, particularly on our food systems and health. Changes in extreme weather events, temperature, and rainfall variability threaten food security by decreasing global food production and increasing the risk of hunger and undernutrition. Projections indicate these food-related health impacts will far exceed all other climate-related health … More Towards climate change adaptation with community-based monitoring

Accounting for gender equity in evaluations

Gender equity is an increasingly discussed priority and cross-cutting theme within international development evaluation. Evaluation matters for gender equity because it allows us to assess whether a program is meeting the needs of all people – women, men, girls, boys, and gender-diverse people. Furthermore, it plays a crucial role in demonstrating the impact of programs … More Accounting for gender equity in evaluations

Is agricultural intensification a growing health concern?

In response to the global demand for food, agricultural practices have been intensifying rapidly worldwide, and concurrently, the production of substantial amounts of livestock waste. Waste and waste by-products, such as excreta and wastewater, are commonly used in crop agriculture in many parts of Southeast Asia. While reusing waste prevents the application of chemical fertilizers, … More Is agricultural intensification a growing health concern?

What does ‘community’ in community-based research really mean?

The 21st century has seen a resurgence of interest in community-based approaches to research. This interest is primarily driven by the ineffectiveness of top-down approaches in addressing the needs of many communities across the globe. Furthermore, there is greater recognition that local people should be at the center of determining project priorities and solutions.  Community-based … More What does ‘community’ in community-based research really mean?

Towards Indigenous-led and culturally-responsive evaluations

This year’s Canadian Evaluation Society conference centred around the theme of co-creation. Co-creation is fundamentally about producing mutually beneficial outcomes together. Throughout the three packed days in Calgary, we explored new approaches to evaluation, with a focus on Indigenous, collaborative, culturally-responsive, and sustainability-ready approaches. Further, we were challenged to reflect on our privilege, on what … More Towards Indigenous-led and culturally-responsive evaluations

Putting health first in agricultural production

With the world population predicted to reach nine billion by 2050, increasing agricultural production will be necessary to achieve global food security. Efforts to expand food production will likely include agricultural intensification – producing more from the same area of land – which has been a key factor in boosting global food production in the … More Putting health first in agricultural production

A call for reflections in Ecohealth research

The 21st century presents us with some of the most profound global challenges including food insecurity, climate change, emerging diseases, and antimicrobial resistance. Agriculture can be considered a nexus between these challenges and is both parts of the problem and the solution. For instance, intensifying agricultural food production (i.e. increasing use of inputs for higher yields … More A call for reflections in Ecohealth research

What can we learn from farmer-led research?

Last week I attended Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s (EFAO’s) Farmer-led Research Workshop. As I entered the room on Day 1, I was pleased to see that participants were already deep in conversation – some were meeting for the first time, while others were catching up since the last time they met. This workshop provided … More What can we learn from farmer-led research?

Program evaluation and dose response: Application and reflection

In practice, evaluation takes place in a wide range of settings that perhaps constrain an evaluator’s choice of evaluation methods. For example, an evaluation may take place during implementation, rather than starting from the beginning. Or, ideas for interventions may emerge from various sources, affecting how much the evaluator can adopt an ideal evaluation design. … More Program evaluation and dose response: Application and reflection

Climate change impacts, and is impacted by, food production: a paradox

As emphasized in my previous post, there is growing scientific consensus that the world’s climate is changing (1). Though the timing and extent of such changes are likely to vary from one place to another, climate change undeniably impacts food production and health worldwide. With extreme temperatures, droughts, and floods, overall crop productivity decreases while … More Climate change impacts, and is impacted by, food production: a paradox