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China & Brazil in African agriculture series: first 6 papers published
April 20, 2015 / Our blog
Read the working papers Situating Tian Ze’s role in reviving Zimbabwe’s Flue-Cured Tobacco sector in the wider discourse on Zimbabwe- China cooperation: Will the scorecard remain Win-Win? Future Agricultures Working Paper 115 Langton Mukwereza February 2015 Download paper (722kb) View

Closing the gap: Youth employment and imagined futures in rural Africa
Closing the gap: Youth employment and imagined futures in rural Africa
April 17, 2015 / Our blog
To increase the work opportunities available to rural young people in Africa, government policy and development programmes tend to highlight two potential pathways:  Agriculture, and the most common line is that taken by Karen Brooks and her colleagues at the

13 April 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
April 13, 2015 / Our blog
  Mysteries of the China-Africa Development Fund Deborah Brautigam blogs about the China-Africa Development (CAD) Fund, discussing the misconceptions that have surrounded it and some of its key features. She points out that it is not a sovereign wealth fund

ITOCA offers 132 sets of electronic papers for African institutions – apply by 30 June
April 13, 2015 / Our blog
Eligibility requirements: The institution is located in one of the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania or Uganda The Institution has an Agriculture or related fields department or specialises in Agriculture and related fields. The Institution does not

Soil management in Africa: ways forward
April 1, 2015 / Our blog
Figure 1 offers a very simple, rather crude matrix of contexts. One axis focuses on agro-ecological contexts (from low to high responsive soils and available soil moisture). The other axis focuses on socio-economic contexts (from conditions where returns to inputs

26 March 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
March 26, 2015 / Our blog
China to help Ghana build a $1bn solar plant China’s Hanergy Group is investing one billion USD to construct a 400-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Ghana. Hanergy is currently the world’s largest solar power company by market cap and

Policy options for African soils: learning lessons for future action
March 26, 2015 / Our blog
What would a framework for policy and implementation look like? This is much more contested. A variety of ‘models’ – often with rather implicit policy assumptions – are being, or have been, tested. These include (among many others, and different

The long road to African land rights: next steps
The long road to African land rights: next steps
March 25, 2015 / Our blog
Land deals, gender, youth and agricultural investment I made a presentation summarising lessons on large-scale land-based investments, outlining the key policy frameworks – the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in

The visible and invisible battles in Brazil’s agricultural co-operation
March 23, 2015 / Our blog
A diversity of actors, models and practices No longer the exclusive realm of diplomats and agronomists, today Brazil’s agricultural cooperation frontline is populated by politicians, technocrats, consultants, traders and social movement activists, operating in a seemingly independent fashion and taking

20 March 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
March 20, 2015 / Our blog
Developing the Meat Grab This paper by Mindi Schneider looks at the dramatic effects of Chinese agriculture’s shift towards meat production and how the state’s narrative of ‘food-security’ is crumbling fast. Schneider suggests looking at this phenomenon through a “meat