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

Youth Aspirations and Expectations
March 19, 2010 / Young People & Agrifood
FAC Future Farmers has launched a programme of research on youth aspirations for 2010-11. African rural youth have experienced significant changes in their economic, social and cultural contexts over the past few decades. Globalisation, urbanisation and migration, as well as

Youth Aspirations and Expectations
March 19, 2010 / Young People & Agrifood
FAC Future Farmers has launched a programme of research on youth aspirations for 2010-11. African rural youth have experienced significant changes in their economic, social and cultural contexts over the past few decades. Globalisation, urbanisation and migration, as well as

Research to Policy for Adaptation
Research to Policy for Adaptation
February 5, 2010 / Climate Change
DFID/IDRC-funded Research to Policy for Adaptation (RPA) project provides accessible tools, methods and conceptual approaches for researchers to analyse the policy processes for climate change adaptation in a specific country. RPA is helping to build researchers’ capacity to understand and influence policy

Africa’s Future Farmers
Africa’s Future Farmers
February 5, 2010 / Young People & Agrifood
The economic, social and cultural contexts of agriculture are changing fast, as evidenced by significant shifts in the patterns of food production and consumption. An increasingly globalised world also means that there is now greater access to fast-evolving communication and

Africa’s Future Farmers
Africa’s Future Farmers
February 5, 2010 / Young People & Agrifood
The economic, social and cultural contexts of agriculture are changing fast, as evidenced by significant shifts in the patterns of food production and consumption. An increasingly globalised world also means that there is now greater access to fast-evolving communication and

A Global Land Grab?
A Global Land Grab?
January 27, 2010 / Land
A convergence of factors has been driving a revaluation of land by powerful economic and political actors.

Supermarkets and Standards
Supermarkets and Standards
January 22, 2010 / Pathways to Commercialisation
The changing structure of the global agri-food system – and the role of supermarkets and standards in particular - is increasingly having an impact on small scale farming in the developing world. Supermarkets – and their intermediary buyers – need

Agricultural Commercialisation Theme Overview
Agricultural Commercialisation Theme Overview
January 22, 2010 / Pathways to Commercialisation
A large literature exists on commercialisation — broadly defined as having greater engagement with markets, either for inputs, outputs, or both — of small, family farms.

Publication: Pastoral Innovation Systems
Publication: Pastoral Innovation Systems
January 22, 2010 / Pastoralism
While there has been much discussion of the importance of innovation in African agriculture, remarkably little has focused on mobile pastoral systems. Everyone agrees that science, technology and innovation must be at the centre of economic growth, livelihood improvement and