Journal article

Addressing food insecurity: a systemic innovation approach (pre-print)

19 Jul 2017
Description

Purpose

Questions the utility of addressing food insecurity through food assistance programs and by separating food security into pillars, and argues for a systemic innovation and complexity approach. This is achieved by demonstrating that food insecurity is a wicked problem and therefore needs to be addressed holistically.

Design/methodology/approach

To establish that food insecurity is a wicked problem, characteristics of food insecurity are aligned to the characteristics of wicked problems. The need to address wicked problems holistically through a systemic innovation approach and an understanding of complexity theory is discussed by referring to the literature. How to take such an approach for addressing food insecurity is illustrated by describing the use of an online tool that takes a systemic innovation and complexity approach.

Findings

Given food insecurity is a wicked problem and needs to be addressed holistically, the focus when addressing food insecurity should not be on programs or pillars. Instead, it needs to be on increasing the coherence and building the adaptive capacity of food insecurity solution ecosystems.

Practical implications

Provides insights into the nature of food insecurity and how to address food insecurity.

Originality/value

For the first time, aligns the characteristics of food insecurity to the characteristics of wicked problems and demonstrates how an online tool for systemic innovation can assist food insecurity solution ecosystems to address food insecurity.

Publication Details
Identifiers: 
DOI: 
10.1108/SEJ-11-2016-0054
Access Rights Type: 
Paid subscription required
Language: 
English
License Type: 
All Rights Reserved
Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
Published year only: 
2017
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