Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility
(September 2012 - April 2016)

This is a four-year research project led by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) UK and Oxfam in collaboration with research partners in ten developing countries. The project aims to generate evidence on how high and unpredictable food prices affect the lives of individuals in poor and vulnerable communities and to explore the role played by formal social protection programmes and informal coping mechanisms. The study is designed to be longitudinal to understand the dynamics of these impacts . The Collective for Social Science Research is a research partner in Pakistan and will be carrying out an in-depth qualitative study in one rural and one urban site.

Publications and Papers

Emilie Wilson and Patta Scott-villiers, Precarious Lives: Or Why it's Vital to Protect the Right to Food in the Face of Market Volatility. IDS and Oxfam. May 2017.
Collective's Research To Action Team, Busting the Myth of a 'Hatta Katta' Pakistan. Collective Blog. September 2016.
Saba Aslam, When the respondents questioned. Collective Blog. June 2016.
Haris Gazdar and Ayesha Mysorewala, Large Surveys and Small Voices: Meanings of Hunger in Pakistan. Research Report. Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility. April 2016.
Haris Gazdar, Experiencing Hunger. Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility Research Brief. March 2016.
Haris Gazdar, Hunger and Undernutrition-Knowing Versus Feeling. Collective Blog. March 2016.
Haris Gazdar, Hussain Bux Mallah and Ayesha Mysorewala, Pakistan Year 3 Findings from Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility Study. December 2015.
Haris Gazdar, Food Prices and the Politics of Hunger: Beneath Market and State. IDS Bulletin. Volume 46, Issue 6, pages 68-75. November 2015.
Ayesha Mysorewala, Faced with Hunger: Durable Households or Resilient Networks of Women? Collective Blog. July 2015.
Hussain Bux Mallah, Mother Karachi and the Mother. Collective Blog. June 2015.
Mysbah Balagamwala and Haris Gazdar, Life in a Time of Food Price Volatility: Evidence from Two Communities in Pakistan. IDS Working Paper, Volume 2014, No 449. September 2014.
Mysbah Balagamwala and Haris Gazdar, Challenges of a Different Kind - The Role of Food Prices in the Lives of the Poorest in Pakistan. Collective/IDS Governance and Development Blog. September 2014.
Mysbah Balagamwala, Strikes and Fuel Shortages - Life of a Daily Wage Earner in Karachi. Collective/Oxfam Policy and Practice Blog. June 2013.
News / Events

Roundtable on Hunger and Nutrition. 26th March 2016, Karachi.