Call for proposals: The political economy of food system transformation


September 25, 2019

Sept. 25, 2019. The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) is issuing a call for proposals for research projects that help identify political economy constraints to food system transformation and offer recommendations for tackling those constraints. PIM will support up to three projects under this call, with a maximum amount of $50,000 allocated to each one. The duration of the proposed project will be approximately 18 months, starting in January 2020. Additional resources may be available in 2021, although no decision can be made on this until the final quarter of 2020.

The call is open to work on political economy at the sub-national, national, regional, and/or global levels as long as the level of analysis is appropriate for the proposed research question(s). A diverse range of topics are welcomed. A non-exhaustive list of issues that are of interest to PIM include the political economy of the following:

  • Seed systems
  • Public sector budget prioritization
  • Healthy, sustainable diet transformation
  • Transboundary resource management
  • Migration and livelihood strategies, especially in fragile settings
  • Technology policy
  • Mutual accountability frameworks, such as Joint Sector Reviews

To be eligible for submission, the prime applicant must be a staff member of a CGIAR center other than IFPRI. IFPRI colleagues can, however, be part of the research team.

Deadline for submissions: 25 October 2019.

Download the full call for proposals for a detailed description and other guidelines.


Three proposals have been selected under this call:

  1. Unpacking state, market and civil society failures to catalyze food system transformation (Jonathan Mockshell, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT)
  2. The political economy of the protein transition (Chris Béné, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT)
  3. Institutional emergence and the creation of political spaces in Mekong hydropower (Diana Suhardiman, IWMI)


Photo: G.Smith/CIAT