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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

18 December 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
December 18, 2014 / Our blog
Review and next steps for Rwanda’s ATDC A meeting was convened last week to review the last 3 years of the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ATDC) in Rwanda, and to discuss what happens next with the project. The Rwandan

26 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 26, 2014 / Our blog
New FAO Credit Line for Mozambican farmers The FAO is said to have opened a new line of credit to reduce pockets of hunger in 36 districts of Maputo, Beira and Nacal with loans becoming available in the first quarter

Challenging misconceptions: Inclusive agricultural economies already exist in Africa
November 19, 2014 / Our blog
Wegerif went on to highlight how easily this economic activity could be enhanced if the Tanzanian government simply invested in building bicycle paths in and around the city. He told similar stories for milk (45,000 litres of milk delivered daily

19 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 19, 2014 / Our blog
ABC interview key figures on South-South cooperation The Agência Brasileira de Cooperação (ABC) has published a series of interviews with people related to its South-South cooperation programmes. Relevant to African cooperation projects, this has included an interview with the Director

7 ways to work for better land rights
November 14, 2014 / Our blog
Recognise and strengthen customary rights, starting with statutory recognition Most of Africa’s land is held under customary land rights, and many of these property regimes are robust and have local legitimacy. Conventional land administration systems often fail in Africa, as

Does land titling work?
November 14, 2014 / Our blog
Only 20 studies over the past 30 years met the strict inclusion criteria. Very few studies disaggregated positive effects on women, a clear gap in the available research on tenure reforms. The results showed strong regional variations in the outcomes