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

How can Africa adapt to climate change?
How can Africa adapt to climate change?
November 10, 2013 / Climate Change
As the world meets to discuss adaptation climate change at the COP19 conference, Future Agricultures research looks at how African agricultural policy is responding in different ways to this major challenge. Our work looks at how climate policy discussions are

11 November, Brussels: Leaping and Learning report launch
11 November, Brussels: Leaping and Learning report launch
November 4, 2013 / Pathways to Commercialisation
An event on 11 November 2013 in Brussels will launch two new reports which provide practical, real-life examples of linking smallholder farmers in Africa to markets, as well as a robust academic review of the challenges faced, lessons learned and

Register: Food sovereignty, ISS, January 2014
Register: Food sovereignty, ISS, January 2014
November 1, 2013 / Land
The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) is organising a colloquium on food sovereignty on 24 January 2014 in The Hague. Places are limited, so early registration is advised. Full details: Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue - 24 January 2014

New book: land deals and the state
New book: land deals and the state
October 25, 2013 / Land
A new book examines the state's role in land deals through theoretical insights and empirical studies from around the globe. Governing Global Land Deals: The Role of the State in the Rush for Land analyses the relationships between global land

Kenya: a changing climate of policy
Kenya: a changing climate of policy
September 30, 2013 / Climate Change
A new working paper analyses how discussions on climate change and agriculture in Kenya are driven from within and outside the country’s borders. Kenya has been ahead of many other countries in developing a national climate change strategy. But there

Warming to climate change in Ethiopia?
Warming to climate change in Ethiopia?
September 27, 2013 / Climate Change
A new paper addresses how policy responses to climate change are shaping the agricultural sector in Ethiopia, and their significance for the country’s future development. 'Warming to Change? Climate Policy and Agricultural Development in Ethiopia' highlights multiple responses, including those

The New Alliance and changing patterns of growth – workshop
The New Alliance and changing patterns of growth – workshop
September 25, 2013 / Pathways to Commercialisation
Initial findings from research into changing patterns of growth and investment in countries involved in the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, will be presented in November. Building on earlier analysis, this project reviews recent trends in agricultural growth,

Leaping and Learning: Linking smallholders to markets
Leaping and Learning: Linking smallholders to markets
September 17, 2013 / Pathways to Commercialisation
Leaping and Learning: Linking Smallholders to Markets (pdf) is a comprehensive review of the existing literature on smallholder-centred market-based interventions. Smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa number around 33 million, represent 80% of all farms in the region, and contribute up

Technology: more than mobiles
Technology: more than mobiles
September 17, 2013 / Science, Technology and Innovation
Electronic devices allow farmers in Africa to access and share information as never before. But the role of ‘technology’ in agriculture is about more than just sharing practices through mobile phones. Institutions, social change and politics play a part. In

Brazil and Africa: a special relationship?
Brazil and Africa: a special relationship?
September 9, 2013 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Why is Brazil investing in African agriculture? In a new article for the Institute of Development Studies website, Lídia Cabral looks at the different motivations that exist at international level, and in the ‘encounters’ between businesses and development partners. Our