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

Video: explaining our China & Brazil in African Agriculture project
April 30, 2014 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
In a new video, Henry Tugendhat explains our CBAA (China and Brazil in African Agriculture) project, and how it is investigating the emerging links between rising powers and the agricultural sector in Africa. Henry Tugendhat is a Research Officer for

‘African Farmer’ online game launched
‘African Farmer’ online game launched
April 23, 2014 / Science, Technology and Innovation
African Farmer, a free, open source online game, has been launched by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the University of Sussex. The game simulates the complex decisions and uncertainties faced by small-scale farmers living in Sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to

Does CAADP need more political economy?
Does CAADP need more political economy?
April 2, 2014 / Policy Processes
On our blog, Blessings Chinsinga reports back from CAADP's 10th Partnership Platform in Durban. Among many positive discussions about the future of farming in Africa, is there a need for a new focus on the political economy of agriculture? Blog:

Changing the conversation on gender & land
Changing the conversation on gender & land
March 31, 2014 / Gender & Social Difference
Our conference in Cape Town on 5-7 March brought together more than 100 people from civil society, governments, academia and business to change the conversation about gender, land and agriculture in Africa. Presentations, video, blogs and other material from the

New topic guide on Land published
New topic guide on Land published
March 28, 2014 / Land
A new topic guide on the subject of land, by Anna Locke (Future Agricultures Land theme) and Giles Henley, has been published. This is the latest in the Overseas Development Insitute’s 'Evidence on Demand' series. It covers the following: Growing

Food sovereignty dialogues resources
Food sovereignty dialogues resources
March 19, 2014 / Land
The critical dialogues on food sovereignty held 14-15 September 2013 in Yale University, USA, and 24 January 2014 at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Hague have produced some excellent resources. The dialogues brought together the world’s

Telling stories about scarcity
Telling stories about scarcity
February 17, 2014 / Land
‘Scarcity’ is a key term in debates about the global rush for land and other resources. A new working paper from our project on Land and Agricultural Commercialisation in Africa looks at different narratives of scarcity related to the future

Transforming Africa through agriculture
Transforming Africa through agriculture
February 3, 2014 / Pathways to Commercialisation
Economic development is not just about growth - it is about transformation. In a new blog post, Steve Wiggins looks at what we know about agriculture's rise in Africa, and how smallholder farmers can be part of transforming the future

Do input subsidy programmes work? Lessons from Malawi
Do input subsidy programmes work? Lessons from Malawi
January 27, 2014 / Growth and Social Protection
How can input subsidy programmes help farmers to produce more food and reduce poverty? In this blog post, Andrew Dorward and Ephraim Chirwa share the key insights from their new book on Malawi’s experience, and suggest lessons for the future

Food Sovereignty: a Critical Dialogue
Food Sovereignty: a Critical Dialogue
January 21, 2014 / Land
On 24 January 2014, the event ‘Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue’ brought together sceptics and advocates of food sovereignty to discuss the future of this controversial idea in critical agrarian studies. Ian Scoones chaired the opening keynote session of this