Governance and institutions for climate-resilient food systems

Photo: C. Schubert (CCAFS)

Project description

This project aimed to help stakeholders better understand the institutional environment and governance systems in which climate-smart food systems can be taken to scale, going beyond regional and global policy processes to consider other institutions and actors that shape discourse and power relations, and institutional change.

The project gave insights into ‘good enough’ governance and enabling environments, including policies and institutions, that inform institutional investment, primarily of international organizations investing in target countries.



As gender and social inclusion are key components of any governance systems, gender played a role in this project.


This was a flagship-led project and was implemented in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Indiana University Bloomington (IU), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia, Institute of Development Studies, Universität Osnabrück-Germany, University of Pretoria-South Africa, University of Montreal, Wageningen University and Research Centre, and the University of Cape Town.

Further information

For more information, contact project leader Philip Thornton at