Themes

Future Agricultures explores what needs to be done to get different forms of agriculture – food/cash crops, livestock/pastoralism, smallholdings/contract farming/large holdings – moving on a track of increasing productivity and competitiveness.

We do this through work in 10 themes, examining how agricultural policy is made and put into practice in different settings, and how this could be improved


Latest articles

The politics of agricultural carbon finance in Kenya
The politics of agricultural carbon finance in Kenya
November 5, 2012 / Climate Change
A new paper questions the ‘triple wins’ claimed by Kenyan supporters of agricultural carbon finance. Supporters of agricultural carbon finance claim multiple benefits for Africa, but the reality is more complex. This working paper by Joanes O. Atela explores how,

Overcoming dependence: food security in Ethiopia
Overcoming dependence: food security in Ethiopia
November 5, 2012 / Growth and Social Protection
Ethiopia’s Food Security Programme (FSP) has aimed to alleviate hunger and poverty through several programmes since 2005. A new Future Agricultures report (pdf) identifies the main enablers and constrainers of resilience and graduation from food and cash support provided through

IDS Bulletin: Young People and Agriculture in Africa
IDS Bulletin: Young People and Agriculture in Africa
October 31, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
A new IDS Bulletin asks what young people really mean for the future of African agricultural policy. The articles in the new IDS Bulletin on Young People and Agriculture in Africa are drawn from the international conference on 'Young People,

Land grabbing: from understanding to global action
Land grabbing: from understanding to global action
October 31, 2012 / Land
Jose Graziano da Silva, the Director-General of the UN FAO, urged researchers and others to get involved in international processes to tackle land grabs at the Global Land Grabbing II conference last week. In a new article on the IDS

Employment and food security: broadening the debate
Employment and food security: broadening the debate
October 31, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
On 17th October 2012, at the 39th Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in Rome, the Young People and Agri-Food Theme of Future Agricultures co-hosted a side event on rural employment and food security, with FARM, CIRAD and AFD, The

Land Grabs: the big questions
Land Grabs: the big questions
October 18, 2012 / Land
The 2nd International Global Land Grabbing Conference opened with the "big questions" for land grabbing, with a wide-ranging panel discussion. You can watch all of the videos in the playlist embedded below. The panel, chaired by Jessie Ribot (University of

Global Brazil meets the new Africa
Global Brazil meets the new Africa
October 16, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
Lidia Cabral, FAC researcher, will be on the panel for this Canning House event in London on 18 October 2012. The panel will discuss the development of Brazil-Africa relations over the past decade, and what the future holds as Brazil

Build a global map of land deals
Build a global map of land deals
October 16, 2012 / Land
Around the Global Land Grabbing conference on 17-19 October 2012, the LDPI (Land Deals Politics Initiative) is building a global map of land deals. Visit the online request form on the conference website to submit information to this global database,

Blogs: “Land laundering” and global governance
Blogs: “Land laundering” and global governance
October 16, 2012 / Land
In the run up to the Second International Conference on Land Grabbing, two speakers have blogged on different aspects of the rush for land. Teo Ballvé writes about how violent paramilitaries have stolen land in Colombia and then 'laundered' it

Mind the (yield) gap(s)
Mind the (yield) gap(s)
October 10, 2012 / Science, Technology and Innovation
What is a "yield gap"? The term might be rooted in the science of crop production ecology, but it is now increasingly used as a device to frame policy. The journal Food Security carries an article by Future Agricultures member