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Seeing Conflict at the Margins: understanding community experiences through social research and digital narrative in Kenya and Madagascar.
May 8, 2019 / News
This month a new website is being launched for a project called ‘Seeing Conflict at the Margins: understanding community experiences through social research and digital narrative in Kenya and Madagascar.’ Their activities and some links are introduced below – for

APRA involved at the event: Towards a Pan-African Transformation: Innovative Approaches to Evidence uptake and use in Africa.
May 3, 2019 / Events News
Date: 02 May 2019 – 03 May 2019 CABE Africa (https://www.cabe-africa.org/) are hosting Utafiti Sera, a policy research community of practice, via PASGR (Partnership for African Social & Governance Research). Hannigton Odame of APRA is conducting a presentation: “Charting the
EVENT – APRA Public Debate on the Character of the Agrarian Question in the Contemporary Africa
May 3, 2019 / Events News
The event will take place on 14 May 2019, from 13:00-15:00 at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.
PLAAS hosting new roundtable: ‘What is the character of the Agrarian Question in contemporary Africa?’
April 30, 2019 / APRA blog Events News
The APRA South Africa Hub at the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) is hosting a roundtable on the question: ‘What is the character of the Agrarian Question in contemporary Africa? Perspectives from East, West and Southern Africa’?
Consultation, Involvement, and Ownership: Key Messages from a Dissemination event on Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) study.
April 17, 2019 / News
On 14 February 2019, in partnership with the Rift Valley Forum, the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) of the University of Western Cape, and APRA conducted a panel discussion to disseminate a new report – ‘Participation, Voice
APRA Annual Review Workshop 2018
January 11, 2019 / APRA blog News
From 3–6 December 2018, APRA staff met in Accra, Ghana for the annual APRA review workshop. With the broad scope of the APRA programme – comprising studies being undertaken across six African countries within three work streams – the annual
Journal of Peasant Studies 2019 Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies and Scholar-Activism: Call for Application
January 9, 2019 / APRA blog News
Call for Application The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS), College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (Beijing), and Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) are jointly organizing a new initiative: JPS Annual Summer Writeshop-Workshop in Critical Agrarian Studies

The First National Rice Promotion Event: Is rice getting more attention in Ethiopia?
January 9, 2019 / News
Ethiopia’s first National Rice Promotion Event was held on 21 December 2018 in Addis Ababa, to examine the current status of rice research and development in Ethiopia, and to identify key issues that demand interventions. Specifically, the event – and
An Interview with APRA Nigeria Researcher, Thomas Jayne
November 5, 2018 / News
In a recent interview for SciDev.net, APRA Nigeria researcher Thomas Jayne discusses the state of agricultural commercialisation in Africa, with specific reference to emerging technological innovations. “There’s a lot more capital moving into agriculture than there used to be,” Jayne
Policy and Advocacy Forum: Empowerment of Women in Agriculture
October 30, 2018 / News
On 6 September 2018, APRA Malawi team member Loveness Msofi Mgalamadzi attended the ‘Policy and Advocacy Forum: Empowerment of Women in Agriculture’, held in Lilongwe, Malawi. This one-day meeting was organized by the Civil Society Agricultural Network (CISANET), with support
APRA Nigeria Stakeholder Meeting, Abuja
October 19, 2018 / News
On 11 September, APRA Nigeria researchers met with a number of stakeholders at Yar’Adua Centre in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. Stakeholders from all sectors relevant to the APRA research programme were represented, including 15 State Ministry officials, 9 industry group representatives
APRA-Afrint Public Seminar, IDS
October 16, 2018 / News
On 3 October, the Institute of Development Studies hosted a joint event between the APRA and Afrint projects, bringing together researchers from both fields for a public seminar and launch of the Afrint project’s latest publication. The event kicked off
Food Security: Gender, Geography and Off-Farm Employment
September 24, 2018 / News
Eradicating hunger and achieving food security remains a key developmental issue, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the empirical literature focuses on agriculture-based interventions, although it is well known that rural households undertake a range of income-generating activities to provide
ASAUK Conference 2018
September 5, 2018 / News
The University of Birmingham will host the 2018 African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) Conference, where a number of APRA researchers will form discussion panels across numerous conference streams. Running from 11–13 September, the conference will host 202 panels
Agribusiness Conference in Malawi: ‘No financing, no growth for agribusinesses and value addition’
August 1, 2018 / News
On 16-17 July 2018, stakeholders from various sectors in Malawi assembled at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, to discuss how the financial sector can help to propel agricultural commercialisation and value addition in Malawi. The conference presented an opportunity
APRA in Mozambique: the mechanisation debate
July 24, 2018 / News
On 19 July 2018, Lídia Cabral (Institute of Development Studies) and Euclides Gonçalves (Kaleidoscopio, Mozambique) presented findings from the APRA policy studies on agricultural mechanisation and development corridors, respectively, at a conference on ‘Public Policies and Agribusiness’ organised by the
APRA in Malawi: Engaging with District Stakeholders
April 24, 2018 / News
Written by Mirriam Matita Image: Extensive farming in central Malawi (CC BY-SA 2.0) On the 17th April 2018 Malawi APRA Country Team Leads Mirriam Matita and Blessings Chinsinga introduced APRA research project to the Ntchisi District Executive Committee (DEC). Bringing together
Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Official Launch
December 20, 2017 / News
The Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) programme officially launched at the second Conference on Land Policy in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Wednesday 15th November 2017. APRA is a five-year research programme aiming to analyse pathways to agricultural
Matasa Network Launch Call for Young African Researchers to Become a Fellow
November 15, 2017 / News
This week the Matasa Fellows Network is launching a call for young African researchers to apply to become a fellow. Given the major role that the African private sector can play in tackling youth unemployment and underemployment, the chosen theme

South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization
November 2, 2017 / News
Lidia Cabral, Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies recently presented on Brazil and South-South Cooperation at the conference on “South-South Knowledge Sharing on Agricultural Mechanization” in Ethiopia. The conference was jointly organised by IFPRI, CIMMYT and the Ethiopian Agricultural Mechanization Forum, and took
APRA at IESE in Mozambique
APRA at IESE in Mozambique
September 18, 2017 / News
Two policy studies for APRA on (i) agricultural development corridors and (ii) agricultural mechanisation in Africa are now underway. The research teams will be in Maputo to present preliminary findings from these studies at the 5th international conference of the
The pros and cons of commercial farming models in Africa
June 9, 2017 / News
Colonialism brought large-scale farming to Africa, promising modernisation and jobs – but often dispossessing people and exploiting workers. Now, after several decades of independence, and with investor interest growing, African governments are once again promoting large plantations and estates. But

World Development Special Issue: China and Brazil in African Agriculture
February 8, 2017 / News
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Young people and agriculture in Africa – new report
February 8, 2017 / News
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Unpacking the Political Economy of Sugar in southern Africa
February 8, 2017 / News
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Africa’s Land Rush – discount book flyer
September 17, 2015 / News
Book flyer with a discount code for Africa’s Land Rush, a book published in 2015.

LEGEND Land Policy Bulletin no.1
August 5, 2015 / News
First bulletin of the research programme ‘Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development’ (LEGEND).

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