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

Southern Africa Sugar Research Network
Southern Africa Sugar Research Network
January 17, 2014 / Land
Sugar has been making big changes in Southern Africa’s agrarian landscape. Over the past two decades, South African and multinational sugar companies have pursued an aggressive investment drive into Southern Africa, often facilitated by purchase of formerly state-owned enterprises. A

Land grabbing: lessons from history
Land grabbing: lessons from history
December 18, 2013 / Land
A new article by Elena Baglioni (a former Early Career Fellow) and Peter Gibbon (DIIS) examines ‘land grabbing’ in relation to the history of plantation and large- and small-scale farming in sub-Saharan Africa.It looks at the extent of plantation farming

New paper: Biofuels and land rights in Tanzania
New paper: Biofuels and land rights in Tanzania
December 16, 2013 / Land
A new working paper examines the impacts of large-scale biofuel investments, focusing on a case from Tanzania. Like much of sub-Saharan Africa, Tanzania has experienced a surge in land-based investment during the past decade. The paper, by Emmanuel Sulle and

Conference: Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa
Conference: Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa
December 9, 2013 / Land
Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa - Towards inclusive, equitable and socially responsible investment Venue: Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch (Cape Town), South AfricaDate: 5 Mar 2014 to 7 Mar 2014 The conference includes contributions from academia, government, private

Call for Proposals: BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies
Call for Proposals: BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies
December 2, 2013 / Land
2 December 2013: The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) invites applications for small grants for research papers on the themes outlined below, and welcomes applications from PhD students or recent PhDs. The deadline for proposals is 1 February

BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies launched
BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies launched
December 2, 2013 / Land
The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) is a new collective of largely BRICS-based or connected academic researchers concerned with understanding the BRICS countries and their implications for global agrarian transformations. For its launch, BICAS has released its first

New book: Agricultural input subsidies and Malawi
New book: Agricultural input subsidies and Malawi
November 27, 2013 / Growth and Social Protection
Agricultural input subsidies have been adopted on a large scale across different African countries in the last few years. A new book, Agricultural Input Subsidies: the Recent Malawi Experience, by Ephraim Chirwa and Andrew Dorward, examines the benefits and risks

Debating Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: new book
Debating Zimbabwe’s Land Reform: new book
November 26, 2013 / Land
Zimbabwe’s land reform has been intensely controversial. Yet debate has been plagued by bias and misinformation. A new book by Ian Scoones, Debating Zimbabwe’s Land Reform, aims to offer a more considered discussion, rooted in field-based, empirical research carried out

Global climate politics meets national agricultural policy
Global climate politics meets national agricultural policy
November 20, 2013 / Climate Change
Agriculture has not always had an easy ride in international climate negotiations. But even when farming and food are considered, there is sometimes conflict between global politics and local policy processes. On the blog, Joanes Atela considers how global climate

Making land deals more transparent
Making land deals more transparent
November 14, 2013 / Land
A new report suggests how land deals could be made more transparent, drawing on lessons from other sectors. In the report, The Possible Shape of a Land Transparency Initiative, Anna Locke (ODI, Future Agricultures land theme) and Giles Henley (ODI)