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

Debating land governance at CAADP
Debating land governance at CAADP
March 25, 2015 / Land
Future Agricultures was represented at the 11th CAADP Partnership Platform in Johannesburg on 24 March 2015, by Ruth Hall, convenor of the Land theme. Prof Hall spoke at a side event on ‘Improving Land Governance for Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural

Call for contributions: Contested Agronomy 2016
Call for contributions: Contested Agronomy 2016
February 5, 2015 / Science, Technology and Innovation
The conference “Contested Agronomy: Cases, Dynamics & Implications” will take place at the Institute of Development Studies in February 2016. Contested Agronomy 2016 is a conference about the battlefields in agricultural research, past and present. For full details, visit the

“We are aware of a plan to divide this lake into pieces”
“We are aware of a plan to divide this lake into pieces”
January 30, 2015 / Land
Fishing communities in Uganda are under threat from evictions and loss of access to Lake Victoria. Their story is one example of the takeover of land and water by businesses, governments and local elites. To address the problem, there have

Call for Papers: BRICS & Agrarian Change conference
Call for Papers: BRICS & Agrarian Change conference
January 30, 2015 / Land
The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) has issued a Call for Papers for an international conference with an African focus, with emphasis on transformations in food systems and implications for policy responses. The conference, "Rural Transformations and Food

2 new policy briefs on China & African agriculture
2 new policy briefs on China & African agriculture
December 18, 2014 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The School of Advanced International Studies’ China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS-CARI) has published two new policy briefs on Chinese agricultural engagement in Africa. The papers are written by Sérgio Chichava and Henry Tugendhat, members of our

Productivity assessments are let down by poor methods
November 13, 2014 / Science, Technology and Innovation
Flawed methods are used to assess the productivity of new technology for farmers, resulting in unreliable evidence, according to a new briefing by Future Agricultures member Michael Loevinsohn. New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food is critical

Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network
Young African Researchers in Agriculture (YARA) network
November 3, 2014 / Young People & Agrifood
The rural young population of Africa is rapidly growing and is expected to rise until at least 2040, in a context of rapid change in agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. The key objective of this network is to promote robust empirical

Improving processes & advice for African agricultural policy
Improving processes & advice for African agricultural policy
October 29, 2014 / Policy Processes
On 11-13 June 2014, a three-day learning event was held in Ghana, discussing agriculture policy, its impact on agriculture performance and the political economy surrounding African agricultural policy processes. A report, programme, presentation slides and video from the event are

Climate change & African agriculture, health and cities: 12 new reviews
Climate change & African agriculture, health and cities: 12 new reviews
October 24, 2014 / Climate Change
The African continent is well-recognised as being vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. While there is undisputed evidence that the climate is changing, there is much uncertainty over how this affects different regions and sectors. 12 regional papers review

Regional dialogue on Pastoralism and the ‘New Alliance’, June 2014
October 10, 2014 / Pastoralism
A regional dialogue in Addis Ababa on 10 June 2014 explored how the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition can be harnessed to strengthen food security and nutrition for populations living in pastoral areas. The event, organised by Future