Policy Engagement

FAC researchers are contributing to the development of agriculture policy by drawing from the experience and knowledg
e of twenty two researchers and eleven research institutions. FAC’s wide range of research themes is
based on evidence and the real challenges of Africa’s agricultural sector.

Our engagement with policy processes in Africa includes:

  • Policymaker conferences and workshops
    • African Green Revolution
    • Fertiliser workshop
  • Commentary to policymakers
    • Dfid White Paper on development
    • GCARD consultations
  • CAADP engagement
    • Ethiopia compact signing

Latest articles

Network & Communications
Network & Communications
September 2, 2017 / Policy Engagement
FAC’s Communications and Networking team works to ensure that FAC research is strategically communicated to make significant contributions to the agriculture policy (e.g. in Africa). As such, FAC is: Generating awareness of FAC’s existence; Building our presence via outreach/engagement throughout

Seeds in Ethiopia: Working with policy and research
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures work on seeds in Ethiopia has made a significant contribution to influencing the development of the seed policy and wider seed system in the country, towards a more decentralised and liberalized system, which recognises both private and public

Drivers of Success: Understanding why African countries succeed in agricultural development
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Over several years, Future Agricultures has engaged with the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) institutions to strengthen CAADP policy processes. In 2013, Future Agricultures was invited to participate in the ‘Drivers of Success in African Agriculture’ study, commissioned by

Malawi’s input subsidies: evidence & insight
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures worked with Malawi’s Ministry of Agriculture and others to inform the development of the government’s Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP). Part of a series of Impact Stories based on the Future Agricultures Consortium’s work from 2008-2015.

Civil society partnerships in Malawi
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Future Agricultures worked with three civil society organisations (CSOs) which aim to inform and influence agricultural policy in Malawi. We have provided evidence, policy framing and analysis which is being used in advocacy and policy influencing around the issues of

Influencing policy change in pastoral areas of Kenya
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
In 2008, the Kenyan government established a new ministry to promote development and resilience in pastoral areas. Future Agricultures played an important role, providing evidence to create a more positive narrative about the potential of pastoralism. We worked over several

Informing the debate on land
July 24, 2015 / Impact Stories
Following the financial crisis of 2007-8 there was a growth of private sector interest in land investments. NGOs and civil society raised awareness of ‘land grabbing’ and there was a rise in media interest, often with use of ‘killer facts’

Debating land governance at CAADP
Debating land governance at CAADP
March 25, 2015 / CAADP
Future Agricultures was represented at the 11th CAADP Partnership Platform in Johannesburg on 24 March 2015, by Ruth Hall, convenor of the Land theme. Prof Hall spoke at a side event on ‘Improving Land Governance for Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural

Helping farmers get access to seeds
Helping farmers get access to seeds
February 11, 2015 / Impact Stories
In 2009 Ethiopia’s cereal seed system was based on central planning, with no recognition of informal seed systems, or the role of markets in seed distribution. This system was not functioning effectively, such that farmers were unable to access quality

Informing ‘safety nets’ for food insecure Ethiopians
Informing ‘safety nets’ for food insecure Ethiopians
February 11, 2015 / Impact Stories
Since 2005, the Government of Ethiopia has implemented a Productive Safety Net (PSNP), with the objective to ‘graduate’ millions of chronically food insecure Ethiopians to productive livelihoods, supported by donors including DFID, the World Bank and USAID. By 2010 the