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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

International ClimateChange Policy Goals: Cascading into Agricultural Processes and Policies in Keny
July 6, 2011 / News
Background note for comments Harun Warui and Kennedy Were

Poulton Presentation for the Africa College International
June 29, 2011 / News
By Colin Poulton Presentation for the Africa College International “Food Security, Health and Impact” Knowledge Brokering Conference Leeds, UK 22-24 June 2011

?Replacing Pastoralism with Irrigated Agriculture in the Awash Valley, North-Eastern Ethiopia
June 28, 2011 / News
Replacing Pastoralism with Irrigated Agriculture in the Awash Valley, North-Eastern Ethiopia: Counting the Costs by Roy Behnke and Carol Kerven The development of hydropower and the availability of irrigated land per capita is lower in sub-Saharan Africa than in any

Blessings Chinsinga – Seeds and Subsidies: The Political Economy of Input Programmes in Malawi
June 14, 2011 / News
FAC’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Team co-sponsored an international conference on ‘Sustainable Seed Systems in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Addis Ababa on 1-2 June 2011, co-hosted by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR), in partnership with The Netherlands’ Ministry

Douglas Magunda – The Politics of Seed Relief in Zimbabwe
June 14, 2011 / News
FAC’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Team co-sponsored an international conference on ‘Sustainable Seed Systems in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Addis Ababa on 1-2 June 2011, co-hosted by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR), in partnership with The Netherlands’ Ministry

Elijah Muange – Can Agro-Dealers Deliver the Green Revolution in Kenya?
June 7, 2011 / News
FAC’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Team co-sponsored an international conference on ‘Sustainable Seed Systems in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Addis Ababa on 1-2 June 2011, co-hosted by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR), in partnership with The

John Thompson – ‘The Politics of Seed in Africa’s Green Revolution’
June 7, 2011 / News
FAC’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Team co-sponsored an international conference on ‘Sustainable Seed Systems in Ethiopia: Challenges and Opportunities’ in Addis Ababa on 1-2 June 2011, co-hosted by the Ethiopian Institute for Agricultural Research (EIAR), in partnership with The

Structural and procedural properties important in promoting bio-enterprises as alternative…
June 7, 2011 / News
Structural and procedural properties important in promoting bio-enterprises as alternative livelihoods to pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods There is increasing interest in rural development circles in promoting alternative livelihoods opportunities for pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods. However, there is very little empirical

IDS Seminar: A Business Approach to Food Security
IDS Seminar: A Business Approach to Food Security
June 7, 2011 / News
Listen to Chris Brett (speaker), John Humphrey (chair) and FAC researcher, Jim Sumberg (attendee) discuss what they took from the seminar, A Business Approach to Food Security, IDS (31 May 2011) and what they think the food industry should do

Oxfam launches Grow campaign
Oxfam launches Grow campaign
June 7, 2011 / News
Oxfam launched a new campaign called Grow, which aims at securing the world’s food supply by calling on governments, businesses and consumers to take action on climate change, minimising food price fluctuations, preventing landgrabs and halting the move toward biofuels.

NEW Report: Mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity in the global tropics
NEW Report: Mapping hotspots of climate change and food insecurity in the global tropics
May 31, 2011 / News
A new report has matched future climate change ‘hotspots’ with populations that are already suffering from chronic food problems, mainly Africa and South Asia. However, China and Latin America are also at risk. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change,

More than climate change: pressures leading to innovation by pastoralists in Ethiopia and Niger
May 11, 2011 / News
By Yohannes GebreMichael, Saidou Magagi, Wolfgang Bayer, and Ann Waters-Bayer   An exploratory study was made in Ethiopia and Niger into pastoralists? responses to climate change. It identified a wide range of technical and institutional innovations that pastoralists developed to adapt to new

Communiqué of the 1st Dialogue of Ministers of Agriculture, Science and Technology
May 5, 2011 / News
Communiqué of the 1st Dialogue of Ministers of Agriculture, Science and Technology FARA Secretariat, Accra 29 April 2011

Biofuels and Land Appropriation in Colombia: Do Biofuels National Policies Fuel Land Grabs?
May 3, 2011 / News
by Victoria Marin, Jon C. Lovett and Joy S. Clancy Biofuels driven land grab is often identified with land transactions conducted in developing countries by transnational/foreign companies/governments for the production of biofuels/feedstock for exports. This captures only partially the dynamics

Resisting Agribusiness Development: The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate
April 19, 2011 / News
Resisting Agribusiness Development: The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in West Papua, Indonesia. Longgena Ginting, WALHI/FoE Indonesia, Jalan Selamet Ketaren 100, 20371 Medan, Indonesia and  Oliver Pye, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, Bonn University, Nassestrasse 2, 53113 Bonn,

Timeline: Northern Kenya
April 15, 2011 / News

Timeline: Mbarara, Uganda
April 15, 2011 / News

Timeline: Maasai, Kenya
April 15, 2011 / News

Timeline: Karamoja, Uganda
April 15, 2011 / News

Timeline: Il Polei, Muko
April 15, 2011 / News

Timeline: Darfur Region
April 15, 2011 / News

Markus Zander and Jochen Dürr??????
April 13, 2011 / News
Presentation – Dynamics in land tenure, local power and the peasant economy: the case of south-east Petén, Guatemala

Ye Jingzhong and Wang Chunyu?
April 13, 2011 / News
Mining and Land in North China:politics and livelihoods

Megan Ybarra?
April 13, 2011 / News
Presentation – Taming the Jungle, Saving the Maya ForestThe Military’s Role in Guatemalan Conservation

Ward Anseeuw, Antoine Ducastel and Jean-Jacques Gabas?
April 13, 2011 / News
The end of the African peasant?From investment funds and Finance-Value-Chains to questions about the African peasant

Oane Visser and Natalia Mamonova?
April 13, 2011 / News
Presentation – Land Deals in Russian Agriculture: Exploring investors land acquisition strategies