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

Event: Employment and Agricultural Value Chains at CFS 39
Event: Employment and Agricultural Value Chains at CFS 39
October 10, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
We are involved in a side event at the Committee for World Food Security on the role of employment in agricultural value chains for food security this month. The event, organised by FARM, AFD, Cirad and Future Agricultures Consortium, is

Land Grabbing II conference: press release
Land Grabbing II conference: press release
October 10, 2012 / Land
Estimates of global land deals, placed at 50 million hectares in an early World Bank study (2010), now hover between 80 and 760 million according to Oxfam and others. While land grabs were originally considered an “African phenomenon,” it is

Storify: Land Grabbing II conference
October 5, 2012 / Land
This page tells the story of the Land Grabbing II conference through comments, images and links to longer articles. It will be updated before, throughout and after the event. If you are on Twitter, you can join in the conversation

Climate change policy in Ghana
Climate change policy in Ghana
October 5, 2012 / Climate Change
This working paper (pdf) analyses policy discussions on climate change and agriculture in Ghana, looking at their origins and what their implications are. The dominant narrative: mitigating climate change Agriculture has only recently become a central part of climate change

Climate change policy in Malawi
Climate change policy in Malawi
October 5, 2012 / Climate Change
This working paper is among the first of its kind to analyse policy discussions on climate change and agriculture in the Malawi. In Malawi, national debates are framed as an issue of managing the risk that climate change poses to

How is climate change and agriculture policy made in Africa?
How is climate change and agriculture policy made in Africa?
October 5, 2012 / Climate Change
Two new working papers explore the changing debates around climate and agriculture policy in Ghana and Malawi. Agriculture and climate change are now firmly at the top of the research and policy agenda. The issues are attracting more and more

Land grabs: what’s really happening?
Land grabs: what’s really happening?
October 3, 2012 / Land
The global financial crisis has given way to a rush for land. If people ever took the land they lived and worked on for granted, they can no longer afford to do so. Tracts of territory are being leased or

South Sudan: caught in a trap?
South Sudan: caught in a trap?
October 2, 2012 / Policy Processes
In a seminar at the Institute of Development Studies on 1 October, Dr Luka Biong Deng discussed South Sudan's uneasy relationship with oil and some ways to understand the country's future (audio and slides are below). The excitement of recent

Is the Livestock Revolution ‘supply driven’?
Is the Livestock Revolution ‘supply driven’?
September 26, 2012 / Science, Technology and Innovation
The notion of the 'Livestock Revolution' is one of the most powerful ideas to emerge in the area of food, nutrition and agriculture in the last 10 years. It has been called a 'supply driven' revolution, in contrast to the

Cotton in Burkina Faso: politics and change
Cotton in Burkina Faso: politics and change
September 21, 2012 / Policy Processes
The cotton industry in Burkina Faso is widely regarded as a success story. But little research has been done on the political economy of the industry.A working paper by Augustin Loada (in French) examines the key players, reform processes, and