Power Scan: analysing power relations in food systems

Published on
July 4, 2022

What role do power and politics play in efforts to improve food systems? How can we analyse and identify leverage points to change power relations in food systems? The Power Scan, developed by The Broker and Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, helps integrate power dimensions in programming.

The Power Scan was developed on request of the Benkadi Programme. The tailor-made scan will help integrate power dimensions in the baseline studies and planning of their five year programme in Burkina Faso, Mali, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire.

The Power Scan is tailored to the context and specific needs of the Benkadi programme, but can be applied in other contexts as well - when adapted to the specific context. You can download the Power Scan in the menu on the right (English and French version available).

The Benkadi programme

The Benkadi Programme is a strategic partnership between organisations from the North and the South, implemented in four countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali. As part of the Power of Voices programme it aims at mobilising, strengthening and supporting civil society organisations (CSOs) to contribute to inclusive climate change mitigation and adaptation policies.

The populations of the four target countries are facing severe consequences of climate change. Droughts, heavy rainfalls, degradation of land, floods and various other climate-related disasters are posing a great threat to the living environments and livelihoods of many people; especially of local communities and marginalised groups.

Programme aims

By influencing relevant policy cycles in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as the management of natural resources, the Benkadi programme aims to strengthen the resilience of those communities and contribute to the sustainable management of their (living) environments. In this endeavour the Benkadi programme stands out for its focus on Southern leadership. From the start local partners are in the driver’s seat.

The Benkadi programme is led by Woord en Daad, and financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation.