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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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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

Climate Variability, Location and Diversification: Livestock Assets in Consumption Smooth
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Dekha Sheikh and Corinne Valdivia Climate Variability, Location and Diversification: Livestock Assets in Consumption Smoothing in Shock and Non-shock Seasons in two Regions of Kenya This study focuses on the coping strategies developed by households in five Kenyan villages, experiencing

Coulter – Water-Bound Geographies of Seasonality
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Water-Bound Geographies of Seasonality: Investigating Seasonality, Water, and Wealth in Ethiopia through the Household Water Economy Approach The Household Water Economy Approach (HWEA) is a new approach that was designed in 2007-08 to bring analytical rigour to understanding the inter-linkages

Ding 2009 – Seasonality and labour migration in China
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Seasonal variation in agricultural and rural economy is a fundamental phenomenon characterising rural development in China. Socioeconomic consequences of seasonal patterns of household income, consumption and labour mobility need to be understood for designing appropriate interventions to smooth seasonality and

Dorward 2009 – Participatory budgets in Ghana and Zimbabwe
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This paper describes the findings of research that aimed to 1) understand the constraints faced by farmers during production seasons and 2) evaluate the usefulness of a novel participatory method for exploring farming practices and resource use with farmers. Detailed

Freeland 2009 – Seasonality and social protection
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Hundreds of millions of people suffer an annual cycle of hunger and hardship that is linked to the agricultural season. There is a growing argument that it should theoretically be possible to design social protection measures that are counter-cyclical such

Gillespie 2009 – Seasonality of HIV and hunger in southern Africa
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The seasonality of disease, ill-health and hunger were illustrated in multiple contexts in the original IDS conference on seasonality over three decades ago. The subsequent book (Chambers et al. 1981) was published in the same year as the first case

Hadley – Seasonality and Access to Education
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Seasonality and Access to Education: A Review of Research Improved education is associated with higher socio-economic status, lower fertility rates, improved health, reduced mortality rates and greater gender equality and mobility. Investment in primary education is especially crucial, as it

Hauenstein Swan 2009 – Interventions to address seasonal hunger
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Many policies have proved to be successful in fighting seasonal hunger. In this paper, we review what we regard as the most important of these policy ideas and give examples of their application in various countries, focusing particularly on Malawi.Emergency

Jennings 2009 – What happened to the seasons
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The timing of rains, and intra-seasonal rainfall patterns, are critical to smallholder farmers in developing countries. Seasonality influences farmer’s decisions about when to cultivate and sow and harvest, and ultimately the success or failure of their crops. Worryingly, therefore, farmers

Loevinsohn 2009 – Seasonal hunger, famine and HIV in Malawi
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Secure access to food, adequate in quantity and quality, is becoming increasingly problematic for many. The number of food insecure is rising worldwide, reaching more than 1 billion according to the latest estimate (FAO 2009). Falling incomes, in part due

Mukherjee 2009 – Seasonality and coping in Asia
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The paper is based on 6 case studies in seasonal poverty, vulnerability and ill-being and coping mechanisms of poor farmers and agriculture labourers from 6 Asian developing countries –BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDIA, LAO PDR and NEPAL. The paper draws upon

Ndirangu 2009a – Seasonality, savings and health in Kenya
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The high prevalence of risks in low-income economies implies that people’s ability to manage uncertainty is critical for both productivity and their mere survival. This paper analyses seasonal changes in per capita consumption and saving behaviour of farm households in

Ndirangu 2009b – Seasonal time poverty in Kenya
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Despite early recognition of the importance of time poverty in people’s well-being, its empirical investigation and measurement in the literature remains scarce. This paper applies the concepts used in consumption and income poverty to time use to estimate seasonal time

Neogi 2009 – Rice and Monga in Bangladesh
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
A series of experiments was conducted at the proposed RDRS University Campus Farm, Rangpur Bangladesh during aman season in 2005 and 2006. The overall objective was to evaluate the effect of direct seeding and transplanting system of short duration variety

Oluwatayo 2009 – Seasonal vulnerability of farmers in Nigeria
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Over the past two or three decades, it has become increasingly clear that small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa produce the bulk of the food consumed by inhabitants of these countries, in spite of their poor working conditions in terms of

Press Release – Seasonality Revisted
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
‘Seasonal poverty’ is worsening. Climate Change, AIDS and heightened vulnerability identified as main culprits.

Rethman 2009 – Modelling Seasonality
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This paper illustrates the use of models to analyse income seasonality. Section 1, by Charles Rethman is based on grouped data obtained using the household economy approach. Section 2, by John Seaman provides a more detailed analysis based on income

Salahuddin 2009 – Addressing Monga in Bangladesh
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Monga, is a well-known in the language of development in Bangladesh. Poor farmers and labourers in the northwest region of Bangladesh suffer from a lack of employment opportunities during the months of September to November. Such a situation increases the

Seasonal Neglect? Aseasonality in Agricultural Project Design
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Seasonal Neglect? Aseasonality in Agricultural Project Design Based on a literature review and observation of selected agricultural projects, this paper reflects on whether and how projects that support agriculture-based livelihoods in Africa account for seasonality in their design, delivery and

Seasonal Poverty:Integrated, overlooked and therefore opportunity
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
ince the first seasonality conference in 1978, there have been changes: not least, communications have improved, and food prices in SubSaharan Africa have become more volatile. But much has not changed: seasonal poverty and stress remain widespread and integrated. Urban

Seasonality and Social Protection in Africa
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
This Working Paper draws on nearly twenty years of research in several African countries, on the inter-related themes of food insecurity, seasonality, coping strategies, famine, formal and informal safety nets, and social protection. The paper has three objectives: 1. to

Soil fertility and crop theft: changing rural dimensions and cropping patterns
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Farmers globally and those in Ethiopia in particular, are facing a number of challenges on top of the obvious physical and economic constraints in managing soil fertility. The majority of the studies conducted on soil fertility issues in Sub-Saharan Africa

Stange 2009 – Avoiding seasonal food deprivation
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Most crop plants are seasonal, giving rise to alternating periods of glut and dearth. Three ways of avoiding food deprivation in the periods between harvests are to grow crops that are non-seasonal, to diversify diets, so that for every month

Turin 2009 – Seasonal work in Peruvian Altiplano
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
The Peruvian Altiplano presents different agro-ecological zones and variable climatic conditions. Rural households of the Altiplano from the ethnic Aymara define their livelihoods and strategies according to those natural conditions. Agricultural households of the lakeside zone, with less variable climatic

Why Risk Management has trouble locating Seasonality
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Background Report and Papers
Sabates-Wheeler Why Risk Management has trouble locating Seasonality Attempting to draw general lessons from the theoretical, empirical and policy responses to seasonality leaves one slightly disappointed for a number of reasons. At one level there exists an instrumentalist response in

Planning to address seasonal poverty: some experiences of the last 30 years
September 15, 2010 / Seasonality Revisited - Day 2
Planning to address seasonal poverty: some experiences of the last 30 years Richard Longhurst Phemo Kgomotso IDS