Resilience of vulnerable groups

A key focus of research at the Center concerns the sustainability of food production and processing systems and the resilience for vulnerable groups of society. There are many different definitions and interpretations of the concepts of “sustainability” and “resilience” and hence, within each setting, these concepts need clear demarcation and contextualization.  Resilience of households in economic terms is usually interpreted as the ability of the household to maintain a certain minimum standard of living, or of nutrition security, under adverse shocks. Risks and shocks can be experienced by individual households, independently from one another, due to idiosyncratic events or circumstances. However, risk and shocks can also be manifested at a more aggregate level, as in the wake of climate induced aggregated shocks, where larger (food production) areas and communities are affected. Research focuses on developing a deeper understanding of where, when and how to design policies and introduce measures to mitigate the negative impact of these shocks on production systems, nutrition security and livelihoods.