Other news & events
This event in London on 24 September will present new research from Future Agricultures on how agricultural policy in Sub-Saharan Africa is shaped, in the light of changing patterns of growth and investment agendas from within Africa and beyond.
Interest in African agriculture is high, with investment from the ‘Rising Powers’ and the US-led New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition competing and interacting with regional, national and local plans and priorities.
The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security opens on 7 October. More than 30 ministers will attend the session and there were more than 1,000 registrations to the Plenary.
The entire week will be webcast at http://www.fao.org/webcast
The journal Water Alternatives will publish a special issue on Critical Thinking on the ‘New Security Convergence’ in Energy, Food, Climate and Water, with financial support from the ESRC STEPS Centre.
The editors invite abstracts by 15 December 2013 on the points set out below. For full details, please visit the Water Alternatives website.
- Dipak Gyawali (Nepal Water Conservation Foundation),
Our research on Pastoralism and our three new Africa hubs have been highlighted in this year’s annual report from the Institute of Development Studies.
The article includes details of our policy workshops in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, and the launch of the book Pastoralism and Development in Africa.
The IDS report also features the new Africa-centred structure of Future Agricultures, with three regional hubs in Africa to convene events, support researchers and manage budgets.
Future Agricultures advisory council member Lindiwe Majele Sibanda is one of the two winners of the Yara Prize for 2013, in recognition of her policy and advocacy work with FANRPAN.
Dr Sibanda was awarded the prize for her many years of work generating knowledge and facilitating dialogue to develop informed, research-based development through policy and advocacy across Africa as CEO of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), where she has served since 2004.
FANRPAN is perceived to be one of the most influential policy networks across the African region. Its focus areas include policy research and advocacy work on food policy, agricultural productivity, natural resources and environment, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on farmers livelihoods.
Dr Sibanda is a member of the newly-formed Future Agricultures advisory council, which brings together thought leaders from across Africa to shape the organisation’s strategic direction.
The other Yara Prize winner was Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, founder and CEO of the Smallholders Foundation in Nigeria, who was honoured for his use of radio to educate small farmers in southeast Nigeria.