FAC's two-day international workshop to critically assess the prospects for dramatically expanding internationally competitive agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on the Guinea Savannah agro-ecological zone. Read More
FARA is holding its General Assembly and the African Agricultural Science Week in Ouagadougou between 19-24 July. Read here
Latest FAC Newsletter
FACs quarterly report (January - March 2010) on activities, outputs and results. Read here
Dfid strengthens partnership with FAC
Latest FAC Newsletter
FACs quarterly report on activities, outputs and results. Read here
A Global Land Grab?
FAC's Ian Scoones announces a new joint research effort with a small grants opportunity
Climate change and smallholder agriculture
Agriculture and Rural Development Day was held in Copenhagen on 12 December 2009.
350 policymakers, farmers and scientists acknowledged agriculture’s vital role in climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Find additional resources and links HERE
"The Role of Agriculture in Growth Revisited for Africa"
What is the role of agriculture in Africa's economic growth? An opinion article by Stefan Dercon and Kareen El Beyrouty critiques arguments for "agriculture first" programmes. Michigan State University Food Security Group provides comment and stresses the importance of re-investing in agriculture.
Read more and Steve Wiggins' rebuttal
1st Annual ReSAKSS Conference Brings Together Diverse Stakeholders
Close to 100 policymakers, researchers, and representatives from farmers’ organizations, donors and development agencies, and the private sector convened on November 23 and 24, 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the ReSAKSS Africa-wide conference, “Exploring New Opportunities and Strategic Alternatives to Inform African Agricultural Development, Planning, and Policy”.
Conference and CAADP
FAC researcher Steve Wiggins (ODI) posts reactions to the Forum, his paper and related links through this FAC 'Hot Topic'.
The Future Agricultures Consortium first Newsletter (September 2009). Current research, links and news from country and theme perspectives.
Future of Agricultural Research
FARA's Africa consultations on GFAR's global conference in 2010.
Dfid-sponsored research on Ethiopian agriculture and development
Link to these papers
G8 Joint Statement
FAC Co-Covener Ian Scoones' commentary on the recent L'Aquila Joint Statement on Global Food Security.
Institute of Development Studies
Link here for more conference information.
Ethiopian Economics Association
The Future Agricultures
research on Social Protection and Farmer Organisations in East Africa.
Farmer First: Transforming Agriculture through Farmer-Centred Innovation
On 16 June 2009, IDS Research Fellow Dr John Thompson and a distinguished panel of experts officially launched two new books that emphasise the importance of putting farmers at the centre of agricultural innovation and development: Farmer First Revisited: Innovation for Agricultural Research and Development and Innovation Africa: Enriching Farmers’ Livelihoods
New FAC Occasional Paper "Pastoralist Innovation Systems - Perspectives from Ethiopia and Kenya"
While there has been much discussion of the importance of innovation in African
agriculture, remarkably little has focused on mobile pastoral systems. Everyone agrees
that science, technology and innovation must be at the centre of economic growth,
livelihood improvement and development more broadly.But it must always be asked: what innovation - and for whom? Decisions about direction, diversity and distribution are
key in any discussion of innovation options and wider development pathways..
Read this report
More resources at
FAC Partners receive
Think Tank policy funding
FAC congratulates two Consortium partners being awarded Think Tank Initiative research grants. The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) and Ethiopian Economic Association/ Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute (EEA/EEPRI) conduct agriculture policy research in Kenya and Ethiopia.
Input Subsidy Lessons from Malawi
and Kenya Opportunities, Challenges and Future Prospects: presentations and panel discussion
Department of Political and Administrative Studies,
Chancellor College, University of Malawi
Future Agricultures Consortium - Key Themes
The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) aims to encourage critical debate and policy dialogue on the future of agriculture in Africa. The Consortium is a partnership between research-based organisations in Africa and the UK , with work currently focusing on Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi.
Through stakeholder-led policy dialogues on future scenarios for agriculture, informed by field research, the Consortium aims to elaborate the practical and policy challenges of establishing and sustaining pro-poor agricultural growth in Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi. Current work focuses on four core themes:
Policy processes: what political, organisational budgetary processes promote or hinder pathways to pro-poor, agriculture-led growth? What role should different actors, including Ministries of Agriculture, have in this?
Growth and social protection: what are the trade-offs and complementarities between growth and social protection objectives?
Agricultural commercialisation: what types of commercialisation of agriculture both promote growth and reduce poverty? What institutional and market arrangements are required?
Science, technology and innovation: how can agricultural technology be made to work for the poor? How are technology trajectories linked to processes of agrarian/livelihood