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Type Working Paper ff8
Title The Network Flow of Food Security Information: A Theoretical Analysis
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URL http://www.gdn.int/fullpaper/Session-21-Jean Baptiste HABYARIMANA-The Flow of Food Security​Information.pdf
Abstract
Using two theoretical graphs: Food Security Information Network Flow and Food Security Actors
Interconnection Network, this research describes the flow of food security information to assess
interconnection between food security actors to accomplished different food security activities
in developing countries and applied it to the case study of Rwanda. It links different activities
undertaken under the implemented of agricultural policies that have been formulated since
2005 in line with Green Revolution to achieve food security for all in Rwanda. Theoretical
methods used guarantee large applications among food security actors to identify effective
pathways of interactions between the components of the networks and the constraints that
hamper these interactions. This research shows that the current networks in Rwanda are built
on about 67% of necessary and required food security indicators to build networks with
complete food security indicators and represent a gap of about 33% of food security indicators
lacking in the networks. This research shows that it is worthwhile for government institutions to
facilitate integrated food security analyses and adopt collaborative researches. Collaborative
researches require the adoption of flexible ways to discuss and validate information while
facilitating and promoting data sharing. This research suggests the existence of ample scope for
intermediaries “food security analysts” to facilitate effective flow of efficient food security
information and avoid asymmetric information across the networks. However, reinforcement of
capacity building in food security data collection and analysis is required. Another requirement
lies on improving dissemination system and ensuring the periodicity of food security reports.

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