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Conference Report: Agricultural investment, gender and land in Africa – Towards inclusive, equitable and socially responsible investment
January 22, 2015 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
by Ruth Hall and Martha OsorioDecember 2014 The last few years have witnessed a dramatically renewed interest in Africa’s farmland, and the role of agricultural development has become more prominent in national and international agendas. As a result, many developing

How pastoralists innovate: stories from the highlands of China
How pastoralists innovate: stories from the highlands of China
January 10, 2015 / Our blog
2. What alternative models are there among pastoralists in these provinces? From our fieldwork, an alternative model that we’ve observed is the tradable grazing right system, which we termed the hybrid institutional system. The hybrid system considers both market-based and

8 January 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
January 8, 2015 / Our blog
What happened to ProSavana? The trilateral agricultural development project between Brazil, Japan and Mozambique has faced a number of setbacks since its inception. This article is a personal reflection by Timothy Wise regarding the stage at which he has found

2 new policy briefs on China & African agriculture
2 new policy briefs on China & African agriculture
December 18, 2014 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The School of Advanced International Studies’ China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS-CARI) has published two new policy briefs on Chinese agricultural engagement in Africa. The papers are written by Sérgio Chichava and Henry Tugendhat, members of our

Chinese Training Courses for African Officials: a “Win-Win” Engagement?
December 18, 2014 / Policy Briefs
SAIS-CARI Policy Brief No. 3 by Henry Tugendhat December, 2014 Some 30,000 African public officials have participated in Chinese training courses, yet little is known about their goals, structure, or content. Henry Tugendhat observed classroom trainings, interviewed trainees and reviewed

Chinese Agricultural Investment in Mozambique: the Case of Wanbao Rice Farm
December 18, 2014 / Policy Briefs
SAIS-CARI Policy Brief No. 2 by Sérgio Chichava November 2014 China’s largest agricultural investment in Africa is reported to be the Hubei Gaza Friendship Farm, established in 2007 in Mozambique and now managed by a private Chinese firm, Wanbao Africa

18 December 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
December 18, 2014 / Our blog
Review and next steps for Rwanda’s ATDC A meeting was convened last week to review the last 3 years of the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre (ATDC) in Rwanda, and to discuss what happens next with the project. The Rwandan

International and regional guidelines on land governance and land-based investments: An agenda for African states
December 3, 2014 / Policy Briefs
Future Agricultures policy brief 77 Emmanuel Sulle and Ruth Hall Global and regional guidelines have been developed in the period 2009–2014 to improve land governance in the context of large-scale land acquisitions in developing countries. These provide an opportunity for

26 November 2014: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
November 26, 2014 / Our blog
New FAO Credit Line for Mozambican farmers The FAO is said to have opened a new line of credit to reduce pockets of hunger in 36 districts of Maputo, Beira and Nacal with loans becoming available in the first quarter

Challenging misconceptions: Inclusive agricultural economies already exist in Africa
November 19, 2014 / Our blog
Wegerif went on to highlight how easily this economic activity could be enhanced if the Tanzanian government simply invested in building bicycle paths in and around the city. He told similar stories for milk (45,000 litres of milk delivered daily