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31 October 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
October 31, 2014 / Our blog
  BRICS UN Nutrition meeting focuses on hunger and malnutrition BRICS countries met at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), ahead of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) scheduled to take place in November 2014. “Hunger” was the

Journal of Peasant Studies new special issue: critical perspectives on Food Sovereignty
October 22, 2014 / Our blog
Related articles Food Sovereignty: a critical dialogue – event in January 2014 Missing politics and food sovereignty by Ian Scoones, 27 January 2014 (Future Agricultures blog) Food sovereignty: a growing activist and intellectual movement by Ruth Hall, 27 January 2014

World Food Day 2014: Seven new papers unpick debates on African agriculture and rural development
October 16, 2014 / Our blog
A new form of Afro-optimism IIED, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have teamed up to explore these debates by commissioning research with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the International

To improve access to seeds for African farmers, we need more than technical solutions
September 26, 2014 / Our blog
These include: Promoting entrepreneurship: ISSD Africa sees a challenge in promoting entrepreneurship in more than just the typical seed value chains, such as maize. Improving access: unless we improve access to those varieties developed in the public domain, they are

16 September 2014: China and Brazil in African Agriculture – news roundup
September 16, 2014 / Our blog
‘Brazil risks its image in Africa with neo-colonial practices’ This article looks at how Brazilian multinationals have become the main actors within Brazil-Africa relations. It argues that despite Brazilian government narratives of justice and equality, Brazil’s multinationals are now driving

New research on land reform in Zimbabwe: summary of ASAUK2014
September 15, 2014 / Our blog
The session kicked off with an excellent paper by Leila Sinclair-Bright who discussed the changing social relations between ‘new farmers’ on an A1 resettlement area in Mazowe and farmworkers. Through a deep, focused ethnographic approach she looked at changing notions

Inclusive business model? The Case of Sugarcane Production in Tanzania
September 10, 2014 / Our blog
As suggested in a number of voluntary guidelines, including the African Union Framework and Guidelines, and the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security, the rights of women and

Talking Zimbabwe & Land Reform at ASAUK14 this Wednesday
September 5, 2014 / Our blog
  The six papers that will be presented and discussed are listed below. Shiela Chikulo, ‘Emerging market discourses in a changing ‘agrarian economy’? The case of the fresh vegetable markets in Zimbabwe’, Ruzivo Trust, Harare. Marleen Dekker, ‘Navigating through times

2 September 2014: China and Brazil in African Agriculture – news roundup
September 2, 2014 / Our blog
Mugabe secures Chinese support Seeking to find $4 billion worth of funding to reinvigorate the Zimbabwean economy, Mugabe went on an official state visit to China last week. It is unclear how much was agreed upon, but a 9 large-scale

20 August: China and Brazil in African Agriculture – news roundup
August 20, 2014 / Our blog
‘Emerging powers, state capitalism and the oil sector in Africa’ The September 2014 edition of ‘Review of African Political Economy’ includes an article by Ian Taylor with the above title. “The global development landscape is rapidly changing with the acceleration