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

Livelihood Impacts of Disarmament in Karamoja, Uganda
March 31, 2011 / Posters
Elizabeth Stites & Darlington Akabwai Feinstein International Center, Tufts University Background: The Karamoja region of Uganda is the most remote and least developed region of the country and has long experienced insecurity from armed livestock raiding and thefts. Disarmament operations

Researchers discuss pastoralist innovation: Video
Researchers discuss pastoralist innovation: Video
January 12, 2011 / Pastoralism
FAC Researchers speak about pastoral innovation after presenting five research findings at FAC's University of the Bush in November 2010.  

FAC presents at FAO Food Security World Committee session
FAC presents at FAO Food Security World Committee session
January 4, 2011 / Land
FAC presented its land research at a FAO Food Security World Committee session together with other research on key 'land grab' issues to show how these issues are linked to government policies, like 'Responsible Agricultural Investment' (RAI) during a Transnational Institute side event to the Rome summit.

HOT TOPIC: Agribusiness, FAC and young people
January 4, 2011 / Young People & Agrifood
Many researchers and development professionals with an interest in poverty, agriculture and rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) view agribusiness with suspicion. For them, agribusiness is synonymous with big business, transnational corporations, globalisation, international capital, export crops and large-scale plantations.

Land grabbing in Africa
Land grabbing in Africa
January 4, 2011 / Land
The FAC land theme contributed to an event at the FAO in Rome in advance of the critical debate by the FAO World Food Security Committee session on land grabbing. Hosted by civil society organisations, including the Transnational Institute and

University of the Bush: Seminar 2
University of the Bush: Seminar 2
January 4, 2011 / Pastoralism
The second in the series of seminars known as the ‘University of the Bush’ took place at Malka Bisan Adi near Kinna, Kenya, on 22-24 November 2010. Around 50 pastoralists attended from across Kenya and southern Ethiopia. They were joined

The political economy of seed systems
The political economy of seed systems
January 4, 2011 / Science, Technology and Innovation
Huge expectations exist around the prospects of a new Green Revolution for Africa. Major investments have been made in supporting a science-led revolution in crop production, hoping that this will transform Africa’s fortunes. Institutions such as the Alliance for a

Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant
Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant
January 4, 2011 / Policy Processes
FAC’s conference held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, on 21-22 June 2010, focused on the findings of the World Bank’s Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant report. This influential document argues that a huge area, defined broadly as

Ethiopian Ministry interview with FAC
Ethiopian Ministry interview with FAC
December 30, 2010 / Growth and Social Protection
Advancing the Social Protection Agenda in Ethiopia: an interview with the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs (MoLSA) Quarterly Bulletin MoLSA: Just for our readers understanding, what does social protection mean? Amdissa: Support given to citizens that are vulnerable to

Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
October 28, 2010 / Climate Change
FAC side event at the Global Conference on Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change. The Hague, The Netherlands, 1st November 2010 The Hague conference was among the first major international conferences linking agriculture, food security and climate change, and was