We explore the impacts of selected global food security policies (through their instruments on the ground) on land use strategies and thus on the social-ecological resilience of smallholding farmers in Africa. In doing so, we also broaden the knowledge base on the social and ecological side effects of new financial instruments to cope with risk. Moreover, we specifically assess chances and risks of new land use strategies compared to traditional strategies in scenarios of global change.
On a second level, we aim to identify crucial aspects for an appropriate, adapted design and embedding of these policy instruments in the broader social-ecological system, so as to avoid unintended side effects on sustainable food security. Methodologically, we intend to prove and improve the potential of dynamic social-ecological modelling in policy-relevant interdisciplinary research on food security.
Finally, we want to promote knowledge transfer and social learning with respect to the impact of new policy instruments on food security. This targets two groups: policy makers at the international as well as the national level, and secondary school students in industrial countries via an educational game.
To ensure that the POLISES project can produce practically relevant results that are useful to decision makers, our research has been planned in close exchange with policy advisors on the German and European level.