The third and final APRA e-Dialogue: Transition pathways and strategies for supporting more equitable and resilient food systems in AfricaMarch 3, 2022 / Events News Starting in October 2021 and running through 2022, the e-Dialogue series on agricultural commercialisation, agrarian change and rural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa has examined a range of topics including the emerging challenges and regional realities of smallholder transformation and COVID-19’s
Land, Investment & Politics Reconfiguring Eastern Africa’s Pastoral Drylands: Book launch & discussion with the editorsFebruary 22, 2022 / Events News More than ever before, the gaze of global investment has been directed to the drylands of Africa, but what does this mean for these regions' pastoralists and other livestock-keepers and their livelihoods? Will those who have occupied drylands over generations
January 25, 2022 / Events News Focusing on 9 February 2022, APRA, in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Foresight4Food (F4F), will host an interactive e-dialogue on COVID-19 and its Effects on Local Food Systems and Rural Livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa.
e-Dialogues on Agricultural Commercialisation, Agrarian Change and Rural Transformation in Sub-Saharan AfricaJanuary 25, 2022 / Events News Who is benefitting as food systems and rural economies are transformed and who is at risk of being left-behind? Throughout 2022, the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Programme of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
January 12, 2022 / Events News On 22 January 2022, APRA, in partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Foresight4Food (F4F), will host an interactive e-dialogue on Agrarian Change and Rural Transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. The session, which will be held on Zoom
December 20, 2021 / APRA blog Events FAC blog In its efforts to disseminate the results of a five-year research project, the APRA Malawi team held a national dissemination event at Ufulu Gardens in Lilongwe on 30 November 2021. The event brought together stakeholders from government, donor, civil society,
Can agrarian transformation in Ethiopia’s Fogera Plain be scaled? Lessons from a national engagement workshopDecember 16, 2021 / APRA blog Events FAC blog Ethiopia is facing a decline in national rice self-sufficiency and rice imports, which cost the country about US$200 million in 2019. However, there is a pathway to reversing this trend and recovering the national rice sector… The solution? An effective
December 13, 2021 / APRA blog Events FAC blog Following the conclusion of their research into the opportunities and challenges of medium-scale farming as a pathway to inclusive agricultural commercialisation and improved livelihood outcomes for farming families across Nigeria, researchers on the APRA Nigeria Work Stream 1 (WS1) team
December 6, 2021 / Events News Relative to small-scale farms (SSFs), recent trends across sub-Saharan Africa show that medium-scale farms (MSFs) are accounting for an increasingly larger share of the total value of marketed agricultural products The rise of MSFs could substantially change the structure of
November 29, 2021 / Events News How has the Nigerian cocoa sector changed since the crop was introduced in the 1880s? What is the reality of this value chain now, in the country ranked fourth in cocoa production globally? What do stakeholders see for the future
November 26, 2021 / Events News APRA researchers in Ghana are gearing up for a national dissemination event! The event will be filled with presentations from the two APRA teams working in the country (Work Streams 1 and 2), and, more generally, on APRA’s objectives, research
November 26, 2021 / Events News APRA Ethiopia researchers have spent years studying the country’s rice value chain and identifying its role in providing a pathway out of poverty for the farmers who engage in it. The team has explored the role of increased rice commercialisation
November 25, 2021 / Events News Over the previous five years, the APRA Nigeria Work Stream 2 (WS2) team has been working to explore longitudinal change over time, and identify different pathways of agricultural commercialisation and their outcome pathways in the country. Now, as the team
November 22, 2021 / Events The United Nations Food Systems Summit, held in September 2021, set an agenda for the sustainable transformation of food systems. Central to this transformation must be progress on reducing the high levels of poverty and inequality that afflict the world’s
Stakeholders’ take on inclusive agricultural value chains in Tanzania: Feedback from a national workshopNovember 22, 2021 / APRA blog Events FAC blog The Tanzanian government, in its efforts to provide food, income, employment and foreign income to its population, is committed to improving the country’s rice and sunflower value chains. This commitment was reiterated at a national feedback workshop held on 26th
November 17, 2021 / APRA blog Events FAC blog To disseminate their research results and the policy implications that arise from the APRA Nigeria Work Stream 1 (WS1) research, project team gathered community members in two areas of Kaduna State on the 15th-16th November 2021. These events were the
November 4, 2021 / Events News How is COVID-19 impacting people living in poverty in Malawi? What are the policies needed to mitigate these impacts? Recent research from COVID Collective partners and APRA finds COVID-19 has had a detrimental impact on people living in, or at
November 4, 2021 / Events News As the Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes prepares to host its 8th Annual Stakeholders Conference, under the theme, ‘Transform: Toward Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Africa’, APRA researchers are gearing up for their side event! Conference sessions
November 1, 2021 / Events News On Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th November, 2021, the University of Ghana’s School of Social Sciences will be hosting its seventh international conference. The event, under the theme ‘Addressing Africa’s Challenges in the 21st Century’, will cover a vast range
October 25, 2021 / Events News APRA Tanzania team at a previous media workshop On Tuesday, 26 October 2021 at the Institute of Rural Development Planning in Dodoma, Tanzania, the APRA Tanzania team will be hosting a national feedback workshop. At this event, the team plans
August 10, 2021 / Events News Cocoa producers in Ghana incur high production costs, but obtain low yields and receive less income. This hampers the country’s cocoa commercialisation efforts, hence requiring adoption of high yielding varieties and innovative financing options and investments in labour and inputs.
August 9, 2021 / Events News An upcoming webinar on development corridors in Africa will be held virtually on Thursday 12 August from 1300-1400 SAST/CAT.
May 20, 2021 / Events 21 June 202113:00–14:30 This event will discuss the intersection of pastoralism and climate change in West Africa. Livestock have a role to play in climate change – but at the same time pastoralism and livestock keeping provide critical livelihood pathways
May 20, 2021 / Events Date: 26th May 2-3.30 UK This event will examine recent research on migration and mobility in Ghana and West Africa, and discuss its implications and future trajectory. Four experts in the field will present completed and ongoing research on movement
May 19, 2021 / Events News Yesterday (18 May, 2021) saw the start of the 2021 East African Rice Conference (EARC), with in-country workshops across six East African countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. EARC aims to identify policy reforms to transform Africa’s rice
May 4, 2021 / Events The Youth Employment and Politics webinar series is linked to IDS’ strategic research initiative: ‘Ensuring decent work and political inclusion for young people’, which is part of the 2020-25 IDS Strategy. Presentations will primarily focus on sub-Sahara Africa and the
April 13, 2021 / Events Join the second episode in Agrarian Conversations webinar series on “Global food regimes and China” on 28th April. What relationship does China have to current food regime transitioning, with the changing geographies of production, circulation and consumption of global food
March 25, 2021 / Events 18 – 20 May Africa holds great potential in contributing to food and nutrition security, and economic growth through innovative science, sustainable agri-food systems, and transformative partnerships. As rice becomes a potentially strategic commodity in Africa, many countries have embarked
March 15, 2021 / Events News The findings of a recent APRA Ghana research project will be shared with a range of stakeholders at a forthcoming event. This workshop will include a discussion of the team’s research, the implications of these findings. The outcome of discussions
December 7, 2020 / Events Add this event to your calendar Wednesday 16 December 11:00 until 12:00 on Zoom Speaker: John Thompson and Imogen Bellwood-HowardPart of the series: SSRP Webinar Series on the Pandemic and Sustainability Register to attend this Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) webinar:
July 6, 2020 / Events Small-scale farmers are critical to food systems in much of the world. Vast numbers of rural households rely, at least in part, on agriculture for their livelihood. Yet times are tough for small-scale farmers, with many being among the poorest
APRA involved at the event: Towards a Pan-African Transformation: Innovative Approaches to Evidence uptake and use in Africa.May 3, 2019 / Events News Date: 02 May 2019 – 03 May 2019 CABE Africa (https://www.cabe-africa.org/) are hosting Utafiti Sera, a policy research community of practice, via PASGR (Partnership for African Social & Governance Research). Hannigton Odame of APRA is conducting a presentation: “Charting the
May 3, 2019 / Events News The event will take place on 14 May 2019, from 13:00-15:00 at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.
PLAAS hosting new roundtable: ‘What is the character of the Agrarian Question in contemporary Africa?’April 30, 2019 / APRA blog Events News The APRA South Africa Hub at the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is hosting a roundtable on the question: ‘What is the character of the Agrarian Question in contemporary Africa? Perspectives from East, West and Southern Africa’?
October 23, 2018 / Events On 3 October, the Institute of Development Studies hosted a joint event between the APRA and Afrint projects, bringing together researchers from both fields for a public seminar and launch of the Afrint project’s latest publication. The event
August 7, 2018 / Events Join us at the Institute of Development Studies on 3 October 2018, for a public seminar entitled The Dynamics of Agricultural Commercialisation, Diversification and Rural Change in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers from APRA and the Afrint Project of Lund University will present
October 17, 2016 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa The divisive land reform in Zimbabwe in 2000, caused wide-spread controversy and chaos throughout the country, affecting people’s livelihoods. The aftermath of the land reforms and the impacts it has had on small and medium-scaled farming are examined in a
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
Conference Report: Agricultural investment, gender and land in Africa – Towards inclusive, equitable and socially responsible investmentJanuary 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
July 17, 2014 / Agricultural investment and the land rush On 11 – 12 August 2014, parliamentarians of the Southern African Development Community-Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) and the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) will debate strategies to ensure that foreign investment in agriculture brings benefits to local populations, including strengthening citizens’ land rights,
July 14, 2014 / Green Economy in the South Our conference Storify tells the story of the event through tweets, images and links to blogs and other relevant material. Browse the Storify below and follow the links to read more on the debates at Green Economy in the South.
July 11, 2014 / Green Economy in the South The Green Economy in the South conference held in Tanzania this week highlighted Southern academic perspectives on the green economy – a debate often dominated by Northern voices. Participants and the organisers have blogged about their experiences at the event
July 4, 2014 / Green Economy in the South On 8 July, the Green Economy in the South international conference begins in Tanzania. PLAAS/Future Agricultures researcher Emmanuel Sulle blogs on why critical perspectives on this issue and its impacts - from ecotourism and energy, to 'green grabbing' and displacement
July 1, 2014 / Agricultural investment and the land rush In August 2014, the Southern Africa event Making Agricultural Investment Work for Africa: A parliamentarian response to the land rush is the last in a series of events organised by the Pan African Parliament. African countries and institutions, such as
June 2, 2014 / Green Economy in the South The growing idea and practice of the Green Economy is coinciding with financial instability and continued economic woe in the North, but generally happier circumstances in the Global South. Economies are growing and ‘green economic initiatives’ are part of these
March 28, 2014 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa Programme of the Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa conference, March 2014.
March 28, 2014 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa The Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa included four working groups who were given the task of producing recommendations for different ‘sectors’ of society. These recommendations suggest ways for different groups to address gender inequality in the
March 28, 2014 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa This Storify brings together photos, social media, articles and video to tell the story of the Agricultural Investment, Gender & Land in Africa conference. The event was discussed on Twitter by participants and others, and some of the key plenary
March 28, 2014 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa The conference organisers and participants wrote a number of blog posts commenting on the themes of the conference. A list is below.