Themes

Future Agricultures explores what needs to be done to get different forms of agriculture – food/cash crops, livestock/pastoralism, smallholdings/contract farming/large holdings – moving on a track of increasing productivity and competitiveness.

We do this through work in 10 themes, examining how agricultural policy is made and put into practice in different settings, and how this could be improved


Latest articles

Unpacking the Political Economy of Sugar in southern Africa
Unpacking the Political Economy of Sugar in southern Africa
October 17, 2016 / Pathways to Commercialisation
A new open journal special issue of the Journal of Southern African sheds light on the political economy of sugar in southern Africa. The past decade has witnessed an upsurge in interest in the relationship between corporate capital and agricultural

China & Brazil in African Agriculture: Two New Working Papers
China & Brazil in African Agriculture: Two New Working Papers
October 17, 2016 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Two new working papers published in November 2016 concluded our Working Paper Series on the China & Brazil in African Agriculture project. Beyond 'Family Farming Versus Agribusiness' Dualism: Unpacking the Complexity of Brazil's Agricultural Model examines the multifaceted relationship between

Young people and agriculture in Africa – new report
Young people and agriculture in Africa – new report
August 26, 2016 / Young People & Agrifood
A new report assesses the available research on African young people’s engagement with agriculture, and analyses how this evidence is reflected in current European Union (EU) policy and programming in Malawi, Ethiopia and Kenya. Young People and Agriculture in Africa:

Working paper series: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Working paper series: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
February 21, 2016 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Our series presents research over the last 4 years on Chinese and Brazilian relationships with farmers, business, civil society and states in Africa. It looks at the implications for agricultural development in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. Status: The Working

World Development Special Issue: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
World Development Special Issue: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
February 18, 2016 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Our China and Brazil in African Agriculture research has produced a special issue of the journal World Development, with 8 new open access articles available to download.  Through 16 different case studies, the project revealed a complex set of engagements,

Brazil and China in Africa Conference, Maputo, December 2015
December 15, 2015 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The Mozambican Institute for Economic and Social Studies (IESE) hosted a conference titled 'Brazil and China in Africa' on December 7 in Maputo. The conference comprised a session on the 'Voice of China in Africa' and a session on the

Book: Africa’s Land Rush
Book: Africa’s Land Rush
November 2, 2015 / Land
Africa has been at the centre of a "land grab" in recent years, with investors lured by projections of rising food prices, growing demand for "green" energy, and cheap land and water rights. But such land is often also used

Pathways for irrigation development in Africa
Pathways for irrigation development in Africa
June 3, 2015 / Irrigation
A new working paper and summary reviews the policies and practices around irrigation in Africa, through case studies from three countries. Pathways for irrigation development in Africa – insights from Ethiopia, Morocco and Mozambiqueby Naomi Oates, Guy Jobbins, Beatrice Mosello

Land grabbing and ‘political reactions from below’
May 18, 2015 / Land
The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) has released a special issue on 'global land grabbing and political reactions from below', guest edited by Marc Edelman, Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones, Ben White and Wendy Wolford. The collection is free access for

China and Brazil in African agriculture: co-operation or culture clash?
China and Brazil in African agriculture: co-operation or culture clash?
May 6, 2015 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
This workshop on 15 June in Central London presented our research on impacts and implications of Brazilian and Chinese engagements in African agriculture on development and aid. With practitioners and academics, we debated how the so-called ‘Rising Powers’ are reshaping