Events

eventscatdescipThe Future Agricultures Consortium participates in many conferences and workshops. We also watch for important agriculture policy “windows” and report them here.


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Africa’s economic transformation: Policy and governance
March 18, 2013 / Developmental Regimes in Africa
David BoothOverseas Development Institute

Policy for development in Africa: Learning from Southeast Asia
March 18, 2013 / Developmental Regimes in Africa
David Henley University of Leiden, Netherlands Jan Kees van DongeTracking Development Project

Development as a collective action problem
March 18, 2013 / Developmental Regimes in Africa
Full title: Development as a collective action problem: Addressing the real challenges of African governance David BoothOverseas Development Institute

The Politics of Revitalising Agriculture in Kenya
March 13, 2013 / Democratisation and the Political Economy
Colin PoultonSchool of Oriental and African Studies, London Karuti KanyingaInstitute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi In March 2004 the Kenyan government set out its radical Strategy for Revitalising Agriculture (SRA). Almost a decade on, remarkably little progress has been

South-South Cooperation in Context: Perspectives from Africa
March 11, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 54Kojo Sebastian Amanor This paper examines how liberal economic reforms that permeated and transformed economies during the 1980s and 1990s, both in the emerging BRICS powers themselves as well as in Africa, mediate and influence the relationships

Narratives of China-Africa Cooperation for Agricultural Development: New Paradigms?
March 11, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 53Lila Buckley Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Current debate is still largely centred on China’s engagement with African agriculture as either a threat or an opportunity. Such debate will not be resolved without

Narratives of Brazil-Africa Cooperation for Agricultural Development: New Paradigms?
March 11, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 51Lídia Cabral and Alex Shankland This paper summarises the findings of a scoping study on Brazilian development cooperation in agriculture in Africa. The study comprised, in the first instance, a review of the relevant literature and interviews

Chinese and Brazilian Cooperation with African Agriculture: The Case of Mozambique
March 11, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 49 Sérgio Chichava, Jimena Duran, Lídia Cabral, Alex Shankland, Lila Buckley, Tang Lixia and Zhang Yue The purpose of this paper is to provide an account of the policies, narratives, operational modalities and underlying motivations of Brazilian

Chinese and Brazilian Cooperation with African Agriculture: The Case of Ghana
March 10, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 52Kojo Amanor This paper explores the differences in Brazilian and Chinese investments in Ghana. It examines the extent to which the framework of South-South cooperation illuminates or masks these changing relationships and their political economy dimensions. The

Who Gained and Who Lost from Zambia’s 2010 Maize Marketing Policies?
March 10, 2013 / Political Decisions (parallel session)
Chewe Nkonde, Nicole M. Mason, Nicholas J. Sitko, and T. S. Jayne Zambia?s record-breaking maize harvest of nearly 2.8 million metric tons (MT) in 2010 is a major achievement and a testimony to what input subsidies, output price incentives, and

The 2011 Surplus in Smallholder Maize Production in Zambia: Drivers, Beneficiaries, and Implications
March 10, 2013 / Political Decisions (parallel session)
Full title: The 2011 Surplus in Smallholder Maize Production in Zambia: Drivers, Beneficiaries, and Implications for Agricultural and Poverty Reduction Policies Nicole M. Mason, William J. Burke, Arthur Shipekesa, and T. S. Jayne In 2011, Zambia recorded its second consecutive

The Rising Class of Emergent Farmers
March 10, 2013 / Political Decisions (parallel session)
Full title: The Rising Class of Emergent Farmers: An Effective Model for Achieving Agricultural Growth and Poverty Reduction in Africa? Nicholas J. Sitko and T.S. Jayne Seemingly contrary to the expectations of those who see little future in smallholder agriculture,

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: The Case of Zambia
March 10, 2013 / Political Decisions (parallel session)
by Antony Chapoto The global food price crisis of 2007/08 raised fears about the impacts of higher and more volatile food prices for the poor in Zambia. Like in the past, the implementation of the strategies to deal with the

Chinese and Brazilian Cooperation with African Agriculture: The Case of Ethiopia
March 10, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 50Dawit Alemu The increased importance of South-South cooperation in rural and agricultural development, and especially the increased role of BRICS countries, has been debated in relation to international development assistance, specifically in terms of (i) the modalities

Chinese and Brazilian Cooperation with African Agriculture: The Case of Zimbabwe
March 10, 2013 / Brazilian and Chinese Engagement
FAC Working Paper 48by Langton Mukwereza This report describes the status of agricultural aid and cooperation programmes by Brazil and China in Zimbabwe from three perspectives: A specification for each programme: the actors (governmental or otherwise) and their roles in

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: An Overview
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (1)
Per Pinstrup?AndersenH. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, Cornell University.

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Senegal
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (2)
Danielle ResnickResearch Fellow, United Nations University–World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU–WIDER)

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Zambia
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (2)
Antony ChapotoResearch Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in South Africa
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (2)
Johann F. KirstenProfessor and Head of Dept. Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development, University of Pretoria, South Africa

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Malawi
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (2)
Blessings ChinsingaAssociate Professor, Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Malawi, Malawi Ephraim ChirwaProfessor, Department of Economics, University of Malawi, Malawi

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy in Nigeria
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (1)
Aderibigbe S. OlomolaSenior Economist/Consultant, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Abuja, Nigeria

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: Kenya Country Case
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (1)
Jonathan NzumaLecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi

The Political Economy of Food Prices: The Case of Ethiopia
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (1)
Assefa AdmassiePrincipal Research Fellow at the Ethiopian Economics Association and adjunct Associate Professor at the Addis Ababa University, Department of Economics, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

The Political Economy of Food Price Policy: The Case of Egypt
March 8, 2013 / Political Economy of Food Price Policy (1)
Ahmed Farouk GhoneimProfessor of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University

Mountains of Maize, Persistent Poverty
March 8, 2013 / Political Decisions (parallel session)
T.S. Jayne, Nicole Mason, William Burke, Arthur Shipekesa, Antony Chapoto, and Chance Kabaghe The past two years are a tribute to Zambian farmers; they have responded admirably to government efforts to promote maize production. But ironically, rural poverty remains stubbornly

Media competition: Winners announced
Media competition: Winners announced
February 27, 2013 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on the politics and processes that influence agricultural investment in Africa. The winners are: Print category: Oluyinka Alawode (Nigeria) Audio category: George Kalungwe (Malawi) We had over 40 submissions

Media competition: Winners announced
Media competition: Winners announced
February 27, 2013 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on the politics and processes that influence agricultural investment in Africa. The winners are: Print category: Oluyinka Alawode (Nigeria) Audio category: George Kalungwe (Malawi) We had over 40 submissions

Johanna Absalom – Investing in Agriculture
February 27, 2013 / Other Resources (Political Economy 2013)
Runner-up entry to the FAC media competition 2013.

Emmanuel Kwablah – Agriculture development that doesn’t hurt
February 27, 2013 / Other Resources (Political Economy 2013)
Runner-up entry to the FAC media competition 2013.

George Okore – Agriculture key plank in Kenyan general elections
February 27, 2013 / Other Resources (Political Economy 2013)
Runner-up entry to the FAC media competition 2013.

Journalism competition 2013: Oluyinka Alawode’s winning entry
February 26, 2013 / Other Resources (Political Economy 2013)
Winning entry (print media category) to FAC’s 2013 Journalism Competition. A report looking at the political and economic reasons behind the long-term under-investment in the agricultural sector in Nigeria.  

Democratisation and the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
August 29, 2012 / Democratisation and the Political Economy
FAC Working Paper 43by Colin Poulton In theory, democratisation, which has proceeded unevenly across Africa during the past two decades, should encourage pro-poor agricultural policy, as the majority of voters in many countries remain rural and poor. This paper draws

South-South Co-operation seminar findings
South-South Co-operation seminar findings
June 27, 2012 / Co-operation in the Global South
The findings of the seminar on South-South Co-operation in May 2012 are presented in an edition of Poverty in Focus, a regular publication of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. The edition, entitled The Role of South-South Cooperation in

The Political Economy of Agricultural Extension in Ethiopia: Economic Growth and Political Control
June 13, 2012 / Democratisation and the Political Economy
FAC Working Paper 42by Kassahun Berhanu The central argument in this paper is that, for the past two decades, state-led agricultural extension in Ethiopia, implemented by excluding other players in general and non-state actors in particular, has facilitated uncontested control

The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Malawi: A Case Study
June 13, 2012 / Democratisation and the Political Economy
Full title: The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Malawi: A Case Study of the Fertilizer Subsidy Programme FAC Working Paper 39by Blessings Chinsinga This paper examines the political economy of the agricultural policy processes in Malawi through the

Presentations from the Seminar
May 25, 2012 / Co-operation in the Global South
Below is a selection of slide presentations from the international seminar on South-South cooperation held in Brasilia on 17 May 2012. The full programme and descriptions of each panel session are also available. The presentations are embedded below. To view

Should traditional donors be interfering in South-South cooperation?
Should traditional donors be interfering in South-South cooperation?
May 24, 2012 / Co-operation in the Global South
Daniel Bradley, DFID’s Climate and Development Adviser in Brazil, has written a blog post on our recent seminar on South-South cooperation in Brasilia. "...So why was DFID supporting a workshop on the role of South-South cooperation? Isn’t South-South supposed to

Blogs from the South-South Co-operation seminar
May 24, 2012 / Co-operation in the Global South
Following our workshop on the role of South-South cooperation in Brasilia, several participants (Lidia Cabral, Daniel Bradley and Iara Costa Leite) have blogged on the issues raised at the event. Some short extracts, with links to the full posts, are

Policy for agriculture and horticulture in Rwanda
May 16, 2012 / Developmental Regimes in Africa
FAC Working Paper 38by David Booth and Frederick Golooba-Mutebi Agricultural development policies in sub-Saharan Africa continue to be weak, and the reasons are to be found in the incentives transmitted to policy makers by countries’ domestic political systems. The enfranchisement

Press release: South-South Co-operation seminar
Press release: South-South Co-operation seminar
May 14, 2012 / Co-operation in the Global South
Brasilia, 11 May 2012 – The capital of Brazil will host a high-level event on agriculture and development: the International Seminar on The Role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa. For the first time, the event will bring

Post-conference synthesis – Young People, Farming and Food
April 27, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
These notes seek to synthesise understandings merging from the FAC/ISSER international conference Young People, Farming and Food, held in Accra, 19-21 March 2012 (see: https://www.future-agricultures.org/events/young-people-farming-a-food).

Final Programme
April 20, 2012 / Co-operation in the Global South
International Seminar: The role of South-South Cooperation in Agricultural Development in Africa - opportunities and challenges17 May 2012 Brasília, Brazil Full programme (PDF, 95kb) Speaker biographies (PDF, 135kb) 9:00     Opening Chair: Jorge Chediek, Interim Director, IPCIG, UNDP RC/RRSpeakers: Minister Marco

Video: What is Seasonality?
April 16, 2012 / Seasonality Revisited
Stephen Devereux, one of the editors of the book Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development, explains why seasonality has been neglected and why it is important for policy. Watch the video on YouTube

Youth conference newsletter: day 3
March 22, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Newsletter from the third and final day of the Young People, Farming and Food Conference in Accra, 19-21 March 2012.

Agriculture and the generation problem: rural youth, employment and the future of farming
March 21, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Ben White, ISS Almost all countries in the world face serious problems of mass youth unemployment and underemployment, with unemployment rates much higher in rural than in urban areas.  Small-scale agriculture is now, and if it survives in the

Youth Conference newsletter: day 2
March 21, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Newsletter from the second day of the Young People, Farming and Food Conference in Accra, 19-21 March 2012.

Youth Conference newsletter: day 1
March 21, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Newsletter from day 1 of the Young People, Farming and Food Conference in Accra, 19-21 March 2012.  

Youth employment in agriculture – a development dilemma in Nigeria
March 19, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
By Joseph Ayodele Ariyo and Michael Mortimore Youth farming is a dilemma of agrarian policy that has defied resolution for decades. This short discussion illustrates the dilemma in relation to a recent attempt to introduce an enclave of large-scale commercial

Opportunities and constraints for youth participation in horticultural production
March 18, 2012 / Young People, Farming and Food conference papers
by Kangai Elosy and John Mburu This paper draws on the case of youth smallholder fresh produce production and marketing in Eastern and Central Kenya. Specifically, the paper focuses on how youth farmers have embraced the opportunities that facilitate GlobalGAP