Policy Engagement

FAC researchers are contributing to the development of agriculture policy by drawing from the experience and knowledg
e of twenty two researchers and eleven research institutions. FAC’s wide range of research themes is
based on evidence and the real challenges of Africa’s agricultural sector.

Our engagement with policy processes in Africa includes:

  • Policymaker conferences and workshops
    • African Green Revolution
    • Fertiliser workshop
  • Commentary to policymakers
    • Dfid White Paper on development
    • GCARD consultations
  • CAADP engagement
    • Ethiopia compact signing

Latest articles

Pastoralists moving with the times
Pastoralists moving with the times
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
The FAC Pastoralism Theme organised an international conference with Tufts University on the "Future of Pastoralism in Africa", which was held on 21-23 March 2011 at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa. Over 100 scholars from around

The AU-AfDB-UNECA land policy initiative
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
Meeting in Lisbon FAC coordinator Ruth Hall (South Africa) and FAC researcher Joseph Yaro (Ghana) were invited to participate the Land Policy Initiative & Coalition for Dialogue on Africa event, a Policy Forum on Foreign Direct Investments in Land in

Engaging the Pan African Parliament on land deals
Engaging the Pan African Parliament on land deals
April 18, 2012 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures (through the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, South Africa – PLAAS) partnered with the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to hold a continental seminar with African parliamentarians, entitled “Making Investment Work for Africa: A Parliamentarian Response to

FAC at the 8th CAADP Partnership Platform
FAC at the 8th CAADP Partnership Platform
April 13, 2012 / CAADP
Future Agricultures members were at the 8th CAADP Partnership Platform meeting in Nairobi, 3-4 May 2012. We have published three new Policy Briefs on pastoralism and technology transfer: Pastoralism in the Horn of Africa: diverse livelihood pathways From technology transfer

Farmer First: Shifting Paradigms in Agricultural Technology Development
March 19, 2011 / CAADP
Edited by Kate Wellard Technology – seeds, breeds, fertility inputs, disease control, water management – is key to getting agriculture moving. Major investments have been made to support technology development and transfer, but impacts have been patchy. Lessons from across

Food and Hunger: Protecting Livelihoods Through Agricultural Growth
March 19, 2011 / CAADP
Edited by Kate Wellard Agricultural growth is critical to reducing poverty and hunger. But even in Asia, where the Green Revolution drove economic development and reduced hunger, it is clear that growth alone is not sufficient to eliminate hunger and

Pathways to Commercialisation: Supporting Small Farmers
March 19, 2011 / CAADP
Edited by Kate Wellard Accelerated growth in agriculture is critical to meeting the MDGs in Africa. Intensification and commercialisation of smallholder agriculture are seen by many governments and international agencies as the principal means of delivering this. However market-based approaches

Policy into Use: Accelerating Agricultural Growth through CAADP
March 19, 2011 / CAADP
Edited by Kate Wellard Agriculture is the mainstay of most African economies. Millions of smallholders depend on farming for their livelihoods, it underpins food security and poverty alleviation efforts, and supports wider economic development. But agricultural growth has generally been

Land and Livelihoods: Securing Broad-based Sustainable Growth
March 19, 2011 / CAADP
Land and Livelihoods: Securing Broad-based Sustainable Growth Edited by Kate Wellard Land is central to sustainable development. Agriculture and other land-based activities underpin most rural people’s livelihoods strategies. With investment in appropriate technologies, sustainable management and the right land policies,

Rural Futures: unlocking a continent’s hidden promise (A. Teshome’s report)
September 23, 2010 / CAADP
Amdissa Teshome, on behalf of Future Agricultures, was invited to this workshop by the NEPAD Planning and Coordination Secretariat (NPCS). This is the first time that FAC has been invited without us contacting the AU/NEPAD/CAADP so it is a progress