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


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LDPI Small Grants Programme
LDPI Small Grants Programme
April 20, 2010 / Land
The Small Grants programme offers grants of up to US$2000 per study to successful applicants who wish to undertake original field research, carry out follow up fieldwork on an ongoing related initiative, or write up a paper based on research that

Linking to Lands Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI)
Linking to Lands Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI)
April 20, 2010 / Land
The FAC research theme will be linked to the international Land Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI), launched in January 2010. The objective of this initiative is to provide a platform and network to generate solid evidence through detailed, field-based research that

Motivation for Land Grab Research
Motivation for Land Grab Research
April 20, 2010 / Land
The convergence of global crises in food, energy, finance and theenvironment has driven a dramatic revaluation of land ownership as powerful transnational and national economic actors tap into lands outside their own borders to provide food and energy security at

Climate Change Adaptation Policy Processes
April 19, 2010 / Policy Processes
Two FAC members (Blessings Chinsinga and Lydia Ndirangu) are involved in collaborative research on "Linking African Researchers with Adaptation Policy Spaces". This project aims to increase the ability of partners in Climate Change Adaptation in Africa (CCAA) programme in East

Role and Performance of Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development
Role and Performance of Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development
April 19, 2010 / Policy Processes
During 2007 - 2009, the Policy Processes team conducted research in seven districts of Kenya (Eldoret West, Mwingi, Nyeri South and Rachuonyo) and Malawi (Dedza, Rumphi and Thyolo), to examine the role and performance of the Ministry of Agriculture at

‘Graduation’ and Social Protection
‘Graduation’ and Social Protection
April 14, 2010 / Growth and Social Protection
This project in the Growth and Social Protection theme focuses on the issue of ‘graduation’ from agricultural support and social protection programmes. Graduation describes a process whereby recipients of cash transfers, food aid or free or subsidised inputs and assets

Farmer Consultations on Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)
Farmer Consultations on Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D)
April 12, 2010 / Science, Technology and Innovation
In 2008, Future Agricultures Consortium with the Salzburg Global Seminar and theInstitute of Development Studies (IDS) helped to co-convene the initiative "Toward a 'Green Revolution' in Africa?" This initiative brought together many key stakeholders to discuss and debate what a

Pastoralist Innovation Systems
Pastoralist Innovation Systems
April 12, 2010 / Pastoralism
The research focus of this project has been to explore and critically assess pastoralist innovation systems. There has been very little literature on innovation in the livestock sector and a particular lack of knowledge on innovation involving pastoralists. Existing formal

Women and Girls: Farmers of the Future?
Women and Girls: Farmers of the Future?
March 19, 2010 / Young People & Agrifood
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the role of women in agriculture.  It has long been recognised that women perform a substantial part of the labour on family farms, particularly on food crops.  Greater levels

Women and Girls: Farmers of the Future?
Women and Girls: Farmers of the Future?
March 19, 2010 / Young People & Agrifood
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in the role of women in agriculture.  It has long been recognised that women perform a substantial part of the labour on family farms, particularly on food crops.  Greater levels