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New West Africa hub coordinator appointed
New West Africa hub coordinator appointed
May 21, 2015 / News
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Joseph Yaro as our regional coordinator for West Africa. Prof Yaro is Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Ghana, Legon, and has been a member of Future Agricultures for

Evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC): main report
February 11, 2015 / News
Main report of the evaluation of Future Agricultures commissioned by DFID in 2014 and carried out by Upper Quartile.

Evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC): Annexes
February 11, 2015 / News
Annexes of the evaluation of Future Agricultures commissioned by DFID in 2014 and carried out by the consultants Upper Quartile.

Evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC): Final Report
February 11, 2015 / News
Evaluation of Future Agricultures commissioned by DFID in 2014 and carried out by the consultants Upper Quartile, including all annexes.

Evaluation of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC): Executive Summary
February 11, 2015 / News
Short summary of the evaluation of Future Agricultures commissioned by DFID in 2014 and carried out by the consultants Upper Quartile.

ISSD Launch – Johnson Irungu on behalf of Sicily Kariuki.pdf
October 10, 2014 / News
Address given by Johnson Irungu on behalf of Sicily Kariuki at the launch of ISSD Africa, September 2014.

ISSD Launch – Janet Edeme speech
October 10, 2014 / News
Address given by Janet Edeme at the launch of ISSD Africa, September 2014.

ISSD Launch – Gerbrand Haverkamp speech
October 10, 2014 / News
Address given by Gerbrand Haverkamp at the launch of ISSD Africa, September 2014.

Video & presentations: The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa
Video & presentations: The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa
August 8, 2014 / News
Video and slides from this event in London on 24 September are now available. The day presented new research from Future Agricultures on how agricultural policy in Sub-Saharan Africa is shaped, in the light of changing patterns of growth and

Jobs: 3 x researchers in Environmental Change, UK
Jobs: 3 x researchers in Environmental Change, UK
January 30, 2014 / News
The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is seeking to recruit up to three new researchers with international reputations for innovative interdisciplinary work broadly within the area of ‘Environmental Change’.

Call for Participation: Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa
December 9, 2013 / News
Call for Participation: Multi-stakeholder Conference on Agricultural Investment, Gender and Land in Africa – Towards inclusive, equitable and socially responsible investment South Africa, March 2014

BICAS founding document
December 2, 2013 / News
Founding document of the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies.

Programme – Pan African Parliament seminar, Malabo, November 2013
November 20, 2013 / News
Programme of the Parliamentary seminar “Making Agricultural Investment Work for Africa: A Parliamentarian’s response to the land rush”, held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, on 8 – 9 November 2013.

Final Declaration – Malabo, November 2013
November 20, 2013 / News
Final declaration by parliamentarians from the Pan-African Parliament and the Parliament of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC), made at the end of the Parliamentary seminar “Making Agricultural Investment Work for Africa: A Parliamentarian’s response to the

Partners
Partners
November 3, 2013 / News
Future Agricultures has a diverse network of partners in Africa and worldwide, working together on research, communications and policy engagement. This page gives information about the hosts of our four regional hubs and a list of our research partners across

Press release: African governments colluding with land-grabbers at the expense of the poor
October 25, 2013 / News
Press release from the KwaZulu Natal Christian Council following a meeting of church leaders and activists from six SADC countries in Durban, South Africa, October 2013.

Committee on World Food Security opens
October 7, 2013 / News
The 40th session of the Committee on World Food Security opens on 7 October. More than 30 ministers will attend the session and there were more than 1,000 registrations to the Plenary. The entire week will be webcast at http://www.fao.org/webcast

Newsletter #13 – September 2013
October 2, 2013 / News
Regional hubs invite collaboration IDS Bulletin on China and Brazil in African agriculture Policy space for Pastoralism in Kenya Pan African Land Hearings Leaping and Learning: linking smallholders to markets

July 2013 – China and Brazil in African Agriculture bulletin
October 2, 2013 / News
A new IDS Bulletin brings together the first collection of empirical and review articles on how China and Brazil are engaging in African agriculture.

Newsletter #12: June 2013
October 2, 2013 / News
New African hubs announced for Future Agricultures Video: hub convenors Supporting CAADP New research on Rising Powers in Africa and Land

April 2013: Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa – conference special
October 2, 2013 / News
Video interviews, plenary session films, presentations and papers, blogs and more.

Newsletter #11 – March 2013
October 2, 2013 / News
Conference on Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa New book: Ethiopian Seed System Pastoralism and politics Brazil in Mozambique

Newsletter #10 – October 2012
October 2, 2013 / News
Global Land Grabbing conference Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa conference Feeding the world Research on young people and agriculture – IDS Bulletin

Newsletter #9 – May 2012
October 2, 2013 / News
Early Career Fellows announced Young People, Farming and Food conference Land Deal Politics Initiative awards announced International Seminar on South-South Co-operation

Newsletter #8 – December 2011
October 2, 2013 / News
Fellowship Programme Young people and agriculture in Africa Climate smart agriculture  

IDS Annual Report features Future Agricultures work
IDS Annual Report features Future Agricultures work
September 25, 2013 / News
Our research on Pastoralism and our three new Africa hubs have been highlighted in this year's annual report from the Institute of Development Studies. The article includes details of our policy workshops in Nairobi and Addis Ababa, and the launch

Pan African Land Hearing declaration
August 19, 2013 / News
Declaration from the Panel at the Pan African Land Hearing held in Johannesburg in August 2013.

Future Agricultures establishes 3 new regional hubs in Africa
Future Agricultures establishes 3 new regional hubs in Africa
June 12, 2013 / News
The Future Agricultures Consortium has instituted a regional, Africa-centred structure to support its research and policy engagement activities, with ‘hubs’ in Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and the UK. Find out more about our new 'hubs' Video: introducing the hub convenors

Advisory Council
Advisory Council
May 29, 2013 / News
The Advisory Council provides advice on the strategy and focus of our work. Members are invited on the basis of their experience and expertise in research and policy on African agriculture.

Video: Future Agricultures in Africa
Video: Future Agricultures in Africa
May 19, 2013 / News
In early 2013, Future Agricultures moved to a regional structure to support our growing network of researchers in Africa and beyond. In these short videos, the co-ordinators of our three ‘hubs’ in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, and our CAADP

RVI Seminar report: Pastoralism and Development in Africa, 2013
May 17, 2013 / News
Report from a seminar on pastoralism and development in Africa in Nairobi on 29 April 2013, produced by the Rift Valley Institute. The seminar was hosted by the RVI in collaboration with Future Agricultures.

Political Economy conference newsletter: day 3
March 27, 2013 / News
Newsletter from the second day of the conference on the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa, March 2013.

Political Economy conference newsletter: day 2
March 27, 2013 / News
Newsletter from the second day of the conference on the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa, March 2013.

Political Economy conference newsletter: day 1
March 27, 2013 / News
Newsletter from the first day of the conference on the Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa, March 2013.

Global food security: advising the UK government
Global food security: advising the UK government
February 11, 2013 / News
Andrew Dorward, a member of FAC and Professor of Development Economics at SOAS, gave evidence on global food security to the UK Commons Select Committee on International Development last week. Prof Dorward discussed hunger and challenges to the global food

Consultation launched on smallholders and food security
Consultation launched on smallholders and food security
December 20, 2012 / News
On 20 December 2012 the Knowledge network on Food Security and Nutrition launched a new consultation on behalf of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), aimed at gathering inputs on the Version

Development after 2015
Development after 2015
October 24, 2012 / News
As post-2015 development goals are being developed by the UN and others, Andrew Dorward of Future Agricultures gave evidence to the International Development Committee in the UK yesterday (23 October). The UN has launched a broad consultative process for the

Journals and books: new resource
Journals and books: new resource
September 28, 2012 / News
Our new lists of journal special issues and books by Future Agricultures researchers bring these resources together for the first time. In the collection, you will find downloads of free-access material, as well as links to paid-for publications. Some highlights

Can ‘green agriculture’ save the world?
Can ‘green agriculture’ save the world?
June 20, 2012 / News
As the Rio+20 conference begins, two blogs by Future Agricultures researchers reflect on ‘green agriculture’ for sustainable development - an agenda which seeks to address food insecurity in Africa and beyond. Joanes Atela unpacks the politics behind ‘green agriculture’ for

Climate Change and Agriculture in Africa: Interrogating Policy Narratives, Actors and Interests
April 16, 2012 / News
Poster presentation given by Lars Otto Naess at the Planet Under Pressure conference, London, March 2012. The poster outlines a project examining the key narratives on climate change in the agricultural sector, and the individuals, organisations and political processes associated

LDPI small grants recipients 2012 (Africa)
March 16, 2012 / News
A list of awardees with projects in Africa, supported by small grants from the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) in 2012.

LDPI small grants recipients 2012
March 16, 2012 / News
A list of awardees of the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) small grants for 2012.

Call for Papers: Global Land Grabbing II, October 2012
March 7, 2012 / News
The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) is organizing a second international academic workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ to be held on 17-19 October 2012 at the Africana Studies Center at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. The deadline for the Call

The Contribution of Livestock to the Ugandan Economy
March 7, 2012 / News
By Roy Behnke and Margaret Nakirya IGAD LPI Working Paper No. 02 – 12 This is the fifth in a series of reports on the contribution of livestock to the economies of the IGAD member states. Building on methodologies developed

The Contribution of Livestock to the Sudanese Economy
March 7, 2012 / News
By Roy Behnke and Hala Mohamed Osman IGAD LPI Working Paper No. 01 – 12 This is the fourth in a series of reports on the contribution of livestock to the economies of the IGAD member states. Building on methodologies

Contested Agronomy book flyer
February 13, 2012 / News
Advertising flyer for the book Contested Agronomy by Jim Sumberg and John Thompson.

African Union Research Grants: 2012 Open Call for Proposals
February 7, 2012 / News
Ref: HRST/ST/AURG/CALL2/2012/EuropeAid/132-331/M/ACT/ACP The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable

Event: Focus on the Youth at FANRPAN Annual Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue in Swaziland 19-23 Sept
Event: Focus on the Youth at FANRPAN Annual Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue in Swaziland 19-23 Sept
September 21, 2011 / News
Engaging the youth in future agricultural developments in Africa will take centre stage at Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) Annual Regional Food Security Policy Dialogue in Swaziland. “The time is now to ensure that the youth

Video: Seeds and sustainability: Maize Pathways in Kenya
Video: Seeds and sustainability: Maize Pathways in Kenya
August 31, 2011 / News
This short film from the STEPS Centre brings together an engaging cast of characters including a farmer, a scientist, a regulator and a seed policy analyst. Each has a different view about how best to secure seeds for farmers growing

FAC Newsletter July 2011 Issue 7
July 14, 2011 / News
Issue: No. 7 July 2011 Issue: No. 7 , July 2011 Africa’s Green Revolution: FAC research on the politics of seeds and seed systems in Africa Young People, Farming & Food: An international conference on the future of the agrifood sector in Africa Global Land Grabbing FAC co-hosts successful international