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

Has the rise in democracy in Africa helped poor farmers?
Has the rise in democracy in Africa helped poor farmers?
August 31, 2012 / Policy Processes
This working paper examines how agricultural policy for the poor in eight African countries has been affected by the process of democratisation. For a number of reasons, the agriculture sector has been neglected by national governments and development agencies in

Video: Youth and agriculture policy
Video: Youth and agriculture policy
August 24, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
In these mini-interviews filmed at the Young People, Farming and Food conference in March 2012, researchers, advocates, young people and representatives from business talk about the problems with policies related to young people and the agri-food sector; and the differences

Small grants for youth & agriculture research: winners announced
Small grants for youth & agriculture research: winners announced
August 20, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
The winners of the small grants competition for research into young people and agri-food have been announced. The grants programme was launched in May 2012 by Future Agricultures, to fund research and other work to pursue a research agenda following

Land Grabs II: 17-19 October, USA
Land Grabs II: 17-19 October, USA
August 17, 2012 / Land
The second international academic workshop on ‘Global Land Grabbing’ was held on 17-19 October 2012 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. This event is presented by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) and the Cornell Department of Development Sociology.

Gender Relations and agricultural research
August 8, 2012 / Gender & Social Difference
Christine Okali, FAC Gender and Social Difference theme convenor, will attend two forthcoming meetings on gender and agricultural research in October 2012. The first is an international seminar on 'Gender Relations and Women’s Agency in Rural Environment: What Has Changed,

Youth and farming: presentations to Ethiopian economists
August 8, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
Our research on Young People and Agriculture was recently highlighted in a series of presentations by Future Agricultures researchers at the 10th International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy, organized by the Ethiopian Economics Association. The presentations below can be downloaded

Getting on with the job: connecting smallholders to markets in eastern Africa
Getting on with the job: connecting smallholders to markets in eastern Africa
August 8, 2012 / Pathways to Commercialisation
Over 30 agricultural development practitioners from four eastern African countries participated in a ‘Smallholder Café’ in Nairobi on 11 July 2012.The event was the second of three regional workshops, organised by Future Agricultures Consortium, and co-hosted by the Food, Agriculture

Book: Pastoralism and Development in Africa
Book: Pastoralism and Development in Africa
July 9, 2012 / Pastoralism
This book gives a view of ‘development at the margins’ in the pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa. Edited by Andy Catley, Jeremy Lind and Ian Scoones, Pastoralism and Development In Africa highlights innovation and entrepreneurialism, cooperation, networking and

Video: our Commercialisation research
Video: our Commercialisation research
June 27, 2012 / Pathways to Commercialisation
In this series of five videos, Future Agricultures Consortium researchers talk about our work on Commercialisation. We are looking at how small farmers participate in markets, how policies and institutions can support them, through a series of case studies. These

South-South Co-operation seminar findings
South-South Co-operation seminar findings
June 27, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The findings of the seminar on South-South Co-operation in May 2012 are presented in an edition of Poverty in Focus, a regular publication of the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth. The edition, entitled The Role of South-South Cooperation in