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Evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC): Executive Summary
February 11, 2015 / News
Short summary of the evaluation of Future Agricultures commissioned by DFID in 2014 and carried out by the consultants Upper Quartile.

6 February 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
February 6, 2015 / Our blog
China seeks higher profile for its GM crops in global markets Article in Xinhua news that quotes a vice-director of the central agricultural working group as saying that China should not let GM markets be dominated by other countries. The

Mozambican elite in a Chinese rice ‘friendship’: an ethnographic study of the Xai-Xai irrigation scheme
February 6, 2015 / Working Papers
Future Agricultures Working Paper 111 Sérgio Chichava February 2015 In April 2007, the Mozambican and the Chinese governments through the Provinces of Gaza and Hubei respectively set up an agreement for the establishment of a Chinese ‘friendship’ rice farm at

Call for contributions: Contested Agronomy 2016
Call for contributions: Contested Agronomy 2016
February 5, 2015 / Science, Technology and Innovation
The conference “Contested Agronomy: Cases, Dynamics & Implications” will take place at the Institute of Development Studies in February 2016. Contested Agronomy 2016 is a conference about the battlefields in agricultural research, past and present. For full details, visit the

Priests, technicians and traders? The discursive politics of Brazil’s agricultural cooperation in Mozambique
February 5, 2015 / Working Papers
Future Agricultures Working Paper 110 Lídia Cabral February 2015 Questions such as whose interests drive Brazil into Africa, what development models are carried along and what is in them for African countries have been guiding research and debates about Brazil’s

“We are aware of a plan to divide this lake into pieces”
“We are aware of a plan to divide this lake into pieces”
January 30, 2015 / Land
Fishing communities in Uganda are under threat from evictions and loss of access to Lake Victoria. Their story is one example of the takeover of land and water by businesses, governments and local elites. To address the problem, there have

Can the UN’s land guidelines help Uganda’s threatened fisherfolk?
Can the UN’s land guidelines help Uganda’s threatened fisherfolk?
January 30, 2015 / Our blog
The FAO Tenure Guidelines: can they help? The most significant global response to the land rush of the past decade has been the creation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries in

30 January 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
January 30, 2015 / Our blog
Southern Africa Beyond the West Conference The journal of Southern African Studies is hosting its 1st Biennial Conference on ‘Southern Africa Beyond the West’ in August 2015 in Livingstone, Zambia. The conference aims to look at the ‘Political, Economic and

Call for Papers: BRICS & Agrarian Change conference
Call for Papers: BRICS & Agrarian Change conference
January 30, 2015 / Land
The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) has issued a Call for Papers for an international conference with an African focus, with emphasis on transformations in food systems and implications for policy responses. The conference, "Rural Transformations and Food

Report on Gender, Land & Investment conference published
Report on Gender, Land & Investment conference published
January 22, 2015 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
The 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