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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Economic Empowerment for Pastoralist Women
March 31, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
A comparative look at Expereince in Somaliland, Sudan and Uganda.

Traditional pastoralist regions during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
African Union   Policy Framework for Pastoralism in Africa Dr Hassane Mahamat Hassane DREA, AUC

Social Protection for Pastoralists: Just give them cash?
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Stephen DevereuxInstitute of Development Studies Karen Tibbo Oxford Policy Management

Pastoralism and Regional Policy East Africa
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Dawit AbebeFeinstein International Center Tufts University

Conference Links
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Find further resources from researchers involved in the conference here.

AU Policy Framework
AU Policy Framework
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
In October 2010, the African Union released a policy framework for pastoralism in Africa. This was confirmed by the Executive Council in January 2011. This framework is an important step forward for pastoral policy in Africa and provides a firm

Media Coverage
Media Coverage
March 30, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Press release and other media coverage

Media Coverage
Media Coverage
March 30, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Press release and other media coverage

Further Reading
March 24, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Global Donor Platform – Land, Investment and Development IIED – Land grab or development opportunity? Agricultural investment and international land deals in Africa IFPRI – “Land grabbing” by foreign investors in developing countries Farm Land Grab .org – Food Crisis

Day Two Summary
Day Two Summary
March 23, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Conference Summary by Amdissa Teshome, FAC Ethiopia The second day began as packed as the first.  Four very senior pastoral researchers were asked to kick start the day by presenting their respective FIVE things that have changed in the last

Day 1 & 2 Summaries
Day 1 & 2 Summaries
March 23, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
A conference summary  of day and 2  by Amdissa Teshome, FAC Ethiopia.

The case for index-based livestock insurance and cash payments for northern Kenya’s pastoralists
March 23, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
On the second day of a ‘Future of Pastoralism in Africa’ Conference, being held this week (21–23 March 2011) in Addis Ababa at the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a panel session focused on new approaches for strengthening

Seeking Alternative Livelihoodsin Northern Kenya
March 18, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
Elliot Fratkin PhD Smith College MA USA Martha A. Nathan MD Baystate Health Center and Tufts School of Medicine Eric Abella RothPhD University of Victoria CA

Multiple dimensions of pastoral conflict over land and territory within the Afar region of Ethiopia
March 15, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism - Presentations
By Simone Rettberg, University of Bayreuth, Germany For Panel 3: Regional conflict dynamics in the Horn of Africa and implications for pastoral development

Conference Outputs
March 14, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Commentaries on each of the 12 panel sessions were provided by participants and are linked below. There are is also a summary of Day 1 and Day 2.

Press Release
March 14, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Immediate Release: March 2011 David Hughes, Future Agricultures Consortium Communications and Networking Officer can be contacted on: +254 716 608 122 or d.hughes@future-agricultures.org  Website: www.future-agricultures.org  Pastoralists: moving with the times Frequently depicted as in crisis, pastoralists are changing the way they

Fast Facts
March 9, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Around 90 researchers from around the world will gather at an international conference on the “Future of Pastoralism” to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during 21-21rd March, 2011. This crucial event will allow space for critical reflection on the

Programme
Programme
February 7, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Over 40 papers were presented across 12 panels during the conference. Find the full listing of plenary presentations, all papers, plus panel abstracts here.

Conference Abstracts
February 4, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Short descriptions of conference papers and presentations.

Reframing the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’
Reframing the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’
February 3, 2011 / Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
Are young people’s life aspirations and the vision of a dynamic agricultural sector in conflict? Policy interest in the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’ in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), when it is evident, is framed by a combination of narratives relating

Reframing the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’
Reframing the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’
February 3, 2011 / Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa
Are young people’s life aspirations and the vision of a dynamic agricultural sector in conflict? Policy interest in the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’ in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), when it is evident, is framed by a combination of narratives relating

Reframing the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’
Reframing the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’
February 3, 2011 / Young People, Farming & Food Conference
Are young people’s life aspirations and the vision of a dynamic agricultural sector in conflict? Policy interest in the ‘young people – agriculture nexus’ in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), when it is evident, is framed by a combination of narratives relating

Conference Background
Conference Background
January 31, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
The future of pastoralism in Africa is uncertain. Pastoralist areas are experiencing radical changes in access to key resources, options for mobility and opportunities for marketing and trade. These changes present new threats and possibilities for making pastoralist livelihoods stronger.

Panel Commentaries
Panel Commentaries
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Commentaries on each of the panel sessions were provided by participants and are linked below.  

Programme
Programme
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Over 100 papers will be presented 32 panels during the conference. Find the full listing of plenary presentations, all papers, plus panel abstracts here.  

What’s on in Brighton?
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
A listing of local theatre, cinema, restaurants and art galleries.

Directions
Directions
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
The Institute of Development Studies is situated on the campus of the University of Sussex, conveniently located on the outskirts of Brighton, close to the Channel ferry ports and to Gatwick and Heathrow international airports, and just over an hour

Venue
Venue
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
VenueThe Institute of Development Studies is a leading global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development.   IDS was founded in 1966 and enjoys an international reputation based on the quality of its work and its commitment to

Conference Background
Conference Background
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Co-organized and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium in partnership with the Journal of Peasant Studies and the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI). This international academic conference on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ will be held on 6-8 April 2011 at the

LDPI Research Network
LDPI Research Network
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
LDPI promotes 'engaged research' on the recent explosion of (trans) national commercial and corporation-driven land transactions.

About LPDI
January 28, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Globally, powerful transnational actors are tapping into lands outside their own borders to provide sufficient food and energy security at home. The original North-South dynamic to this 'global land grab' is developing into a North-South-South dynamic with economically powerful non-Northern

Delegates discuss global land grabbing
Delegates discuss global land grabbing
January 12, 2011 / International Conference on Global Land Grabbing
Plenary presentations and delegate reflections on global land grabs.

Delegates discuss the future of pastoralism
Delegates discuss the future of pastoralism
January 12, 2011 / Future of Pastoralism
Plenary presentations and delegates reflections on pastoralism's future.

New Initiative Investigates New Pastoralist Peace Management
New Initiative Investigates New Pastoralist Peace Management
October 21, 2010 / University of the Bush
Pastoralist News from the Pastoralist Communication Initiative (www.pastoralists.org) The Pastoralist Shade Initiative have embarked on the fieldwork component of their review of innovations in peace and security. They are focussing on the recent peace process between the Gabra and Borana

“Making the Most of Kenya’s New Constitution”
“Making the Most of Kenya’s New Constitution”
October 21, 2010 / University of the Bush
"Latest News" from the Pastoralist Communication Initiative (www.pastoralists.org) University of the Bush Seminar Two to take place in NovemberAcross Kenya pastoralists are talking about the new constitution voted by the Kenya parliament in August 2010. Devolution of power to the

CSAE Conference 2011
CSAE Conference 2011
October 20, 2010 / Events
The Centre for the Study of African Economies Conference 2011 on Economic Development in Africa will be held at St Catherine's College, Oxford, 20-22 March 2011.The CSAE is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2011 and are planning to expand the

Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant: Agricultural Development in the Guinea Savannah
October 18, 2010 / Awakening Africa's Sleeping Giant
By Ian Scoones, FAC Co-coordinator A fascinating FAC workshop has just finished hosted by FAC partner, SOAS, focusing on the World Bank’s Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant report. This argues that a huge area, defined as the ‘Guinea savannah’, stretching across

What Agriculture for Sustainable Development in Africa?
What Agriculture for Sustainable Development in Africa?
October 15, 2010 / Events
CEDRES' international colloquium on December 6-8, 2010 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The Future Agricultures Consortium is co-sponsoring an international scientific symposium on ‘What Agriculture for Sustainable Development in Africa?’ in Ouagadoudou, Burkina Faso, on 06-08 December 2010. The event will

University of the Bush
University of the Bush
October 6, 2010 / University of the Bush
When: November 22 – 24,  2010 Where: Kinna, Isiolo District, KENYA All across northern Kenya pastroralists are talking about the new constitution voted by the Kenya Parliament in August 2010. Devolution of power to the new county system could mean

Conference Blog
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited
This is the blog for Seasonality Revisited, an international conference on seasonal poverty taking place from 8-10 July at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK. You are invited to read these posts and comment generously to make the online

Conference Blog
September 15, 2010 / University of the Bush
This is the blog for Seasonality Revisited, an international conference on seasonal poverty taking place from 8-10 July at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK. You are invited to read these posts and comment generously to make the online

Berton 2009 – Seasonal variation in food affordability
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This paper explores the two main reasons that explain why access to food changes by season: the variability of the cost of food and the variability of available incomes. Firstly, this paper looks at how much money is required to

Boudreau 2009 – Livelihoods and seasonality in Ethiopia
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Growing evidence suggests that disaster occurrences have undermined progress towards the Millennium Development Goals. Reducing poverty and hunger is contingent on the establishment of a set of policies and associated programmes that support peoples livelihood systems and strategies and „proof

Brouwer 2009 – Isolated wetlands in the Sahel
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Isolated wetlands are among the most seasonal of ecosystems in semi-arid Africa. Their role is important but varying throughout the year for a number of different user groups. They are links in a number of different seasonal chains. But these

Burbano 2009 – School feeding and seasonality in Malawi
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
School feeding programmes are effective social protection tools that have the potential to reach the most vulnerable households. The programmes transfer resources implicitly or explicitly to poor households of the value of the food provided, therefore offsetting the costs of

Chibuye 2009 – JCTR Rural Basket in Zambia
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
In today’s difficult situation, a more exact awareness and a wider diffusion of the set of principles for reflection, criteria for judgment and directives for action would be of great help in promoting both the correct definition of the problems

Chirwa – Investigating Seasonality and Poverty: The 2004/05 Malawi Integrated Household Survey
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Investigating Seasonality and Poverty: The 2004/05 Malawi Integrated Household Survey The predominance of rain-fed agricultural cultivation in Malawi, makes income and consumption to be highly seasonal for more than 80 percent of the population that largely derive their livelihoods from