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Policy options for African soils: learning lessons for future action
March 26, 2015 / Our blog
What would a framework for policy and implementation look like? This is much more contested. A variety of ‘models’ – often with rather implicit policy assumptions – are being, or have been, tested. These include (among many others, and different

The long road to African land rights: next steps
The long road to African land rights: next steps
March 25, 2015 / Our blog
Land deals, gender, youth and agricultural investment I made a presentation summarising lessons on large-scale land-based investments, outlining the key policy frameworks – the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Voluntary Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in

Debating land governance at CAADP
Debating land governance at CAADP
March 25, 2015 / Land
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

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

Zimbabwe-Brazil cooperation through the More Food Africa Programme
March 23, 2015 / Working Papers
Future Agricultures Working Paper 116 Langton Mukwereza March 2015 The expanding footprint of BRICS countries in Africa, especially over the last 15 years, has remained a subject of intense public interest in academic, development and diplomatic circles. There is some

Situating Tian Ze’s role in reviving Zimbabwe’s Flue-Cured Tobacco sector in the wider discourse on Zimbabwe- China cooperation: Will the scorecard remain Win-Win?
March 23, 2015 / Working Papers
Future Agricultures Working Paper 115 Langton Mukwereza February 2015 The milestone 1998 land reform conference convened by Zimbabwe and major donors ended in a stalemate on how the country was to proceed thereon. In the aftermath of that landmark event,

Chinese Agricultural Expertise Support in Ethiopia: Approaches, Motives and Perspectives
March 23, 2015 / Working Papers
Future Agricultures Working Paper 114 Dawit Alemu, Seth Cook and Qi Gubo February 2015 The Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE’s) economic growth strategy, Agriculture Development Led Industrialization (ADLI, formulated in 1991), places very high priority on accelerating agricultural growth and achieving

The visible and invisible battles in Brazil’s agricultural co-operation
March 23, 2015 / Our blog
A diversity of actors, models and practices No longer the exclusive realm of diplomats and agronomists, today Brazil’s agricultural cooperation frontline is populated by politicians, technocrats, consultants, traders and social movement activists, operating in a seemingly independent fashion and taking

20 March 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
March 20, 2015 / Our blog
Developing the Meat Grab This paper by Mindi Schneider looks at the dramatic effects of Chinese agriculture’s shift towards meat production and how the state’s narrative of ‘food-security’ is crumbling fast. Schneider suggests looking at this phenomenon through a “meat

Why an integrated approach to soil management is essential
March 19, 2015 / Our blog
Experience across Africa demonstrates that a ‘one size fits all’ solution is inappropriate. An integrated approach to soils management is required, mixing different inputs in different amounts for different places. Deriving from extensive research we have learned that:  Radical technological