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Debating Open Data and Land Governance – 6-20 September
September 1, 2016 / Our blog
In land governance, a sector ripe for abuse and corruption, transparency is critical in ensuring land use and allocation is fair and accountable and that tenure rights can be defended and protected. The opaque nature of land administration systems and

Webinar on 22 June 2016: African Farmer game
June 21, 2016 / Our blog
  Presenters John Thompson, Senior Research Fellow, Rural Futures Cluster; Institute of Development Studies James Jackson, Designer/Developer; African Farmer Project About the seminar The African Farmer Game (www.africanfarmergame.org) is a computer-based simulation designed to give players the experience of living

Next steps to strengthen global land governance
Next steps to strengthen global land governance
May 11, 2016 / Our blog
The voluntary guidelines represent a unique example of collaborative “soft law”. The UN Committee on World Food Security offered the opportunity for direct involvement of all stakeholders – including governments, industry and civil society. This was a first for this

India’s seed sector is flourishing. Could African farmers benefit?
January 19, 2016 / Our blog
Does Africa need India’s seeds? There are good reasons to explore this possibility. India shares some of the diverse agro-ecologies and crops found in Africa, so it is plausible that technologies and methods used by Indian farmers might also be

The perfect package for reducing poverty is made up of different parts
The perfect package for reducing poverty is made up of different parts
July 8, 2015 / Our blog
Graduating out of poverty This focus on building resilience and enabling households to move out of poverty, and out of programme dependence using a number of interventions, has become the driver of a range of new-generation social protection approaches known

Making irrigation work for Africa: 10 questions decision makers should ask
July 1, 2015 / Our blog
The good news is that the international community is showing renewed interest in African agriculture. The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme has ambitions to expand irrigation by a third over the next decade and the private sector is also being

Strengthening land rights in Zambia
Strengthening land rights in Zambia
June 30, 2015 / Our blog
Consultation and consent The research found a widespread failure to adequately consult. People were likely to be affected by commercial investments, either because there were no national norms for consultation (as in Zambia) or because these existed but were flouted

24 June 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
June 24, 2015 / Our blog
Made in China 2025 The Chinese government has announced a mandate for the country to produce 90% of its own farm machinery by 2020. This is part of a new government programme called ‘Made in China 2025’ which intends to

Land grabbing in Southeast Asia – what can Africa learn?
June 12, 2015 / Our blog
Colonial and post-colonial plantations The most significant trend in Southeast Asia appears to be the massive expansion of commercial tree plantations, particularly oil palm and rubber, in Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar (Burma). The ironies are everywhere

Zimbabwe’s new agricultural entrepreneurs III: irrigators
June 5, 2015 / Our blog
Case 1: I live in Clare A1 resettlement area. My irrigated area is about 1.5ha. I started this project early 2004. We used to have a co-operative garden back in the communal area, before we came to the resettlement, so