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Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land

An international conference

5-7 March 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa

What are the implications of public and private agricultural investments for rural livelihoods, gender relations, and social difference?

This conference will bring together academia, government, private sector, civil society, rural organizations, and donor and development agencies to discuss what agriculture investments mean and how they can be made more responsible, inclusive and gender equitable.

Organising committee: Martha Osorio (FAO), Anna Rappazzo (FAO), Clara Park (FAO), Joan Kagwanja (UNECA), Emmanuel Sulle (PLAAS) and Ruth Hall (PLAAS).

Download the conference programme (pdf)

Report on Gender, Land & Investment conference published

aiglia report coverThe conference report from the 2014 Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa conference has been published.

The last few years have witnessed a dramatically renewed interest in Africa’s farmland, and the role of agricultural development has become more prominent in national and international agendas. As a result, many developing countries are making vigorous efforts to attract and facilitate foreign and domestic private investment in agriculture.

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Storify: Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land

This Storify brings together photos, social media, articles and video to tell the story of the Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa conference.

The event was discussed on Twitter by participants and others, and some of the key plenary presentations and discussions were filmed.

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Conference presentations


The presentations from plenary and parallel sessions on all 3 days of the conference are available to download from the PLAAS website. There is a full list of them here:

Blog commentary: Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land

The conference organisers and participants wrote a number of blog posts commenting on the themes of the conference. A list is below.

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Conference recommendations

The Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa included four working groups who were given the task of producing recommendations for different ‘sectors’ of society.

These recommendations suggest ways for different groups to address gender inequality in the management of land investments in Africa. You can download the recommendations as PDF files or view them embedded in the webpage below.

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Land investments: Creating opportunities for the marginalised


Day one of the Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa conference kicked off with a lively discussion led by an expert panel on the implications of land investments on rural livelihoods, gender relations and social differentiation.

Day 1 summary:
Agricultural investments: Giving power back to the people