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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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What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
February 10, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
There is renewed interest in shoring up agriculture as an avenue to economic growth and, more broadly, to development on the African continent. This is evident in current policy and development discourses, in the budgetary and programmatic commitments of governments

What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
February 10, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
There is renewed interest in shoring up agriculture as an avenue to economic growth and, more broadly, to development on the African continent. This is evident in current policy and development discourses, in the budgetary and programmatic commitments of governments

What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
What do young people think about cocoa farming in Ghana?
February 10, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
There is renewed interest in shoring up agriculture as an avenue to economic growth and, more broadly, to development on the African continent. This is evident in current policy and development discourses, in the budgetary and programmatic commitments of governments

Food price volatility: debating causes and consequences
Food price volatility: debating causes and consequences
February 8, 2012 / Food Price Volatility
Following our workshop on food price volatility on 6 February 2012, three participants have reflected on the big debates: why it matters, who is to blame and what should be done. Stephen Spratt, Research Fellow in the Institute of Development

Programme – Young People, Farming & Food conference
January 27, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Young People, Farming & Food: the Future of the Agrifood Sector in Africa19-21 March 2012 Presentation slides from the conference are now available. The links are next to the titles in the list below. This programme was updated on 13

Conference Programme
January 27, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
International Conference on the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa18-20 March 2013 - Roodevallei, Pretoria, South Africa Convened by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) Organising Committee: Colin Poulton, Blessings

Conference Programme
January 27, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
International Conference on the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa18-20 March 2013 - Roodevallei, Pretoria, South Africa Convened by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) Organising Committee: Colin Poulton, Blessings

Presentations – Food price volatility workshop
January 20, 2012 / Food Price Volatility
Some key presentations from this workshop are now available to view on our Slideshare site - the links are below, under the names in each panel discussion. Financial Markets and Food Price Volatility: Actors and Actions Monday 6 February 2012,

Media competition 2012 – Young People, Farming & Food
January 20, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
Details, entry instructions and terms and conditions for the journalism competition for the Young People, Farming and Food conference 2012.

Media competition: winning entries
Media competition: winning entries
January 20, 2012 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on young people, farming and food. We had over 40 submissions to the competition. The panel was all agreed in the winning entries according to the following criteria: 1.

Media competition: winning entries
Media competition: winning entries
January 20, 2012 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on young people, farming and food. We had over 40 submissions to the competition. The panel was all agreed in the winning entries according to the following criteria: 1.

Media competition: winning entries
Media competition: winning entries
January 20, 2012 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on young people, farming and food. We had over 40 submissions to the competition. The panel was all agreed in the winning entries according to the following criteria: 1.

Book: Seasonality, rural livelihoods and development
Book: Seasonality, rural livelihoods and development
January 18, 2012 / Seasonality Revisited
Edited by Stephen Devereux, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler & Richard Longhurst A systematic study of seasonality for over 20 years, this book aims to revive academic interest and policy awareness of this crucial but neglected issue. Buy the book from Routledge Book

Forced Displacement and Youth Employment in the Aftermath of the Congo War
January 11, 2012 / Young People Farming and Food Conference
MICROCON Research Working Paper 38, January 2011 This paper tries to offer an indication of what it means to be young, displaced and looking for a job in a war-affected town of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Starting off as

Livestock, Land, the Changing Political Economy of Pastoralism in Laikipia: Pathways to Strengthen Pastoralist Livelihoods
Livestock, Land, the Changing Political Economy of Pastoralism in Laikipia: Pathways to Strengthen Pastoralist Livelihoods
August 29, 2011 / Workshops
September 15?16th, 2011, Nanyuki. FAC in partnership with Desert Edge, a bio-trading company improving access to fair and sustainable markets for the pastoral communities and other residents of drylands will convene a two-day workshop in Laikipia, Kenya to reflect on

Call for abstracts: Special Issue on ‘Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries’
Call for abstracts: Special Issue on ‘Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries’
July 19, 2011 / Events
The project ‘Large-scale land acquisition and sustainable development’ in collaboration with the Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, calls for tabstracts for a special issue on ‘Ethical Aspects of Large-scale Land Acquisition in Developing Countries’, to be published in 2012-2013:

Transforming Agricultural Development and Production in Africa 13 – 17 November 2011
Transforming Agricultural Development and Production in Africa 13 – 17 November 2011
July 14, 2011 / Events
The Salzburg Global Seminar, in cooperation with the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development with support from the Belgian Fund for Food Security, is hosting a special "Dialogue for Action" to identify successful and innovative actions that accelerate rural agricultural

Social Protection for Pastoralists: Just give them cash?
July 6, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Stephen Devereux, Institute of Development Studies & Karen Tibbo, Oxford Policy Management

General Call for Papers
General Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers invite papers that offer rigorous analysis from various critical perspectives around the topics and questions listed below. We also encourage comparative studies and welcome proposals for thematic panels. Co-organized and hosted by the Future

Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers intend to have a panel of 4-6 presentations, selected on a competitive basis, from current or recently completed undergraduate and/or postgraduate students from Ghana. Conference costs for the selected presenters will be covered. Co-organized

General Call for Papers
General Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers invite papers that offer rigorous analysis from various critical perspectives around the topics and questions listed below. We also encourage comparative studies and welcome proposals for thematic panels. Co-organized and hosted by the Future

General Call for Papers
General Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers invite papers that offer rigorous analysis from various critical perspectives around the topics and questions listed below. We also encourage comparative studies and welcome proposals for thematic panels. Co-organized and hosted by the Future

Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers intend to have a panel of 4-6 presentations, selected on a competitive basis, from current or recently completed undergraduate and/or postgraduate students from Ghana. Conference costs for the selected presenters will be covered. Co-organized

Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
Ghanaian Student Call for Papers
June 29, 2011 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Deadline 15 September 2011 The organizers intend to have a panel of 4-6 presentations, selected on a competitive basis, from current or recently completed undergraduate and/or postgraduate students from Ghana. Conference costs for the selected presenters will be covered. Co-organized

Call for Abstracts: Land policies in East Africa 3-4 November 2011
June 22, 2011 / Events
Land policies in East Africa: Technological Innovations, Administration and Patrimonial stakes International Conference Kampala, Uganda November 3 - 4 November 2011 This conference aims at promoting scientific exchanges involving researchers and stakeholders dealing with land issues. Participants will be invited

FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
June 21, 2011 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
Young people constitute a high and increasing proportion of the African population, with around 70 percent of the continent’s total population currently under the age of 30. Evidence suggests many young people are choosing not to pursue livelihoods in the

FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
June 21, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Young people constitute a high and increasing proportion of the African population, with around 70 percent of the continent’s total population currently under the age of 30. Evidence suggests many young people are choosing not to pursue livelihoods in the

FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
FAC Discussion Paper – Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices
June 21, 2011 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Young people constitute a high and increasing proportion of the African population, with around 70 percent of the continent’s total population currently under the age of 30. Evidence suggests many young people are choosing not to pursue livelihoods in the

Seminar: Smallholder Rice Development in Tanzania: Is the Japanese Approach Different?
Seminar: Smallholder Rice Development in Tanzania: Is the Japanese Approach Different?
May 23, 2011 / Events
Monday, 20 June 2011, 13:00 – 15:00, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Room 120

Call for abstracts: Re-thinking Development in Ethiopia
May 12, 2011 / Events
Download the Call for abstracts Background The Forum for Social Studies (FSS), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the Centre for Development Research (CDR), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, issue a call for abstracts for a book on ‘RE-THINKING

Seed Systems Conference 1 – 3 June 2011
Seed Systems Conference 1 – 3 June 2011
May 12, 2011 / Events
1-3 June 2011, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Theme: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Seed Systems in Ethiopia Conference topics: Policies, strategies and institutions for seed system development Role and performance of the formal seed system Farmers'

Plenary session: Concluding conversation
April 20, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Short presentations from different perspectives: what have we learned, what action do we need to take?

Plenary panel: Perspectives from Social Movements and Civil Society
April 20, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
A moderated panel discussion on key challenges and responses from social movements and civil society, followed by a plenary debate.

Panel session: Policy roundtable HARDTALK
April 20, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Policy roundtable: perspectives from multilateral/bilateral development institutions. Five minute presentations on agency positions and key issues, followed by facilitated question and answer session and plenary discussion.

Panel Session: Framing the debate
April 20, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
A panel discussion and plenary debate on the ways that the ‘land grab’ debate has been framed, reflecting on the findings of different research groups.

Plenary Panel
April 20, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Conceptual perspectives on land grabbing and the politics of agrarian change: A plenary panel and discussion

Conference Background
Conference Background
April 19, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
In Africa, policy interest in the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’ focuses almost exclusively on the challenge of keeping young people in rural areas and engaged in farming. This approach ignores important drivers, trends and developments that are impacting on

Background to the conference
Background to the conference
April 19, 2011 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Agricultural development is back at the top of the development agenda in Africa. Ten years ago, the Maputo Declaration committed African governments to substantial increases in investment. Since then, 23 countries have completed country investment plans as part of the

Background to the conference
Background to the conference
April 19, 2011 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
Agricultural development is back at the top of the development agenda in Africa. Ten years ago, the Maputo Declaration committed African governments to substantial increases in investment. Since then, 23 countries have completed country investment plans as part of the

Timelines – Future of Pastoralism
Timelines – Future of Pastoralism
April 15, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Conference participants developed timelines for specific pastoralist areas where they've worked. Timelines captured trends (population, markets, rangeland change, climate, water, etc.) as well as events (local leadership change, government change, boundaries, conflict, drought, etc.) and publications of key research or

Panel 5 – POLITICS: Conflict and Violence
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Contemporary land grabbing is often associated with violent conflict. This can be seen in the way enclosures are being carried out, or how contract farming or labour recruitment are being framed and enforced, and when ordinary villagers resist getting dispossessed

Panel 16: LIVELIHOODS – Transition countries
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
This panel aims at exploring the blank spot in the "land grab" debate: the concealed but accelerating process of domestic and international large-scale land acquisitions in the transition countries of the former socialist countries in Eurasia.

Panel 8: POLITICAL ECONOMY – Estates and Outgrowers
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Land deals take many divergent institutional forms, ranging from large estate agriculture based on wage labour, to outgrower and contract schemes, with many permutations in between, (including options for food crop production alongside biofuel feedstocks). This panel explores the varied

Panel 9: GOVERNANCE – Human Rights
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Evictions and land conflicts in general represent situations in which human rights are very likely to be violated. This is true in all cases where the land is taken without respecting basic international standards such as a prior comprehensive impact

Panel 10: POLITICS – Commodification, Conflicts and Dispossession: Interactions between the Global and the local
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
The papers in this panel analyse the impacts of global processes of an increased commodification of land - related to a scramble for land for large-scale agricultural production, the production of biofuels, and tourism - on local contestations over land

Panel 11: LIVELIHOODS – Livelihoods and Dispossession
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
The focus of this panel is the relationship between land grabs, dispossession and livelihoods. Land is a key livelihood resource and is used in a variety of ways by different peoples; an analysis of the effects of dispossession on livelihoods

Panel 2 – ENVIRONMENT: Carbon Grabs
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
As global environmental politics, political economies and policies turn increasingly on the imperatives of climate change mitigation, so land and resources in many parts of the world are coming to be re-valued in terms of their potential contributions to reducing

Panel 3 – POLITICAL ECONOMY: Enclaves and Corridors
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Governments creating “Growth corridors” and “Special Economic Zones” facilitate the acquisition of great expanses of land by large corporations, both foreign and domestic, in the name of development. While these public-private partnerships are claimed to have beneficial developmental effects on

Panel 4 – GOVERNANCE: Codes of Conduct/Roundtables
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
The expansion of land investments in new global commodities brings to the fore dynamics between the competing crises of food, energy, climate and finance. With global policies and capital driving such expansion, power inequalities between actors whose livelihoods are intimately

Panel 32: POLITICS – Resistance and Mobilization II
April 14, 2011 / Land Grab Panel Outputs
Global land grabbing is politically contested process, partly explaining for its uneven outcomes from one setting to another. The political contestations around land grabbing vary in character, actors, agendas, forms, ideology, politics and trajectory. This panel (one of the two