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Soils for life: Some cautionary tales for the International Year of Soils
Soils for life: Some cautionary tales for the International Year of Soils
March 2, 2015 / Our blog
There is no doubt that changes in soil structure, losses through erosion and soil fertility decline are important issues. But these global figures are derived from some dubious calculations that are often rather meaningless. Aggregated up from multiple small studies,

2 March 2015: China and Brazil in African Agriculture news roundup
March 2, 2015 / Our blog
Science Agenda for African Agriculture showcased by Embrapa A delegation from the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa has visited EMBRAPA in Brazil “to strengthen the existing collaboration.” The two organisations run the Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace between themselves since

Introducing our new working paper series on China & Brazil in African agriculture
February 25, 2015 / Our blog
These contrasts come out strikingly when reading across the papers. The cases also highlight the diversity of engagements grouped under ‘development cooperation’ in agriculture. Some focus on state-facilitated commercial investments; others are more akin to ‘aid projects’, but often with

Land, dispossession and the law
February 17, 2015 / Our blog
More about land and biofuels Our research on Land Green grabbing: a new appropriation of nature? Image: martey (Flickr)  

‘Quadruple Wins’: learning from DFID’s evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium, 2008-2013
‘Quadruple Wins’: learning from DFID’s evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium, 2008-2013
February 11, 2015 / Our blog
These concluded that FAC’s ‘unique, researcher-led network’ model and its approach to analysing and understanding the political economy of agricultural policy processes provides a ‘quadruple win’ leading to positive impacts and outcomes through synergies between four key areas: High-quality research

6 February 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
February 6, 2015 / Our blog
China seeks higher profile for its GM crops in global markets Article in Xinhua news that quotes a vice-director of the central agricultural working group as saying that China should not let GM markets be dominated by other countries. The

Can the UN’s land guidelines help Uganda’s threatened fisherfolk?
Can the UN’s land guidelines help Uganda’s threatened fisherfolk?
January 30, 2015 / Our blog
The FAO Tenure Guidelines: can they help? The most significant global response to the land rush of the past decade has been the creation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries in

30 January 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
January 30, 2015 / Our blog
Southern Africa Beyond the West Conference The journal of Southern African Studies is hosting its 1st Biennial Conference on ‘Southern Africa Beyond the West’ in August 2015 in Livingstone, Zambia. The conference aims to look at the ‘Political, Economic and

How pastoralists innovate: stories from the highlands of China
How pastoralists innovate: stories from the highlands of China
January 10, 2015 / Our blog
2. What alternative models are there among pastoralists in these provinces? From our fieldwork, an alternative model that we’ve observed is the tradable grazing right system, which we termed the hybrid institutional system. The hybrid system considers both market-based and

8 January 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
January 8, 2015 / Our blog
What happened to ProSavana? The trilateral agricultural development project between Brazil, Japan and Mozambique has faced a number of setbacks since its inception. This article is a personal reflection by Timothy Wise regarding the stage at which he has found