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

About our work on Brazil and China in Africa
May 2, 2012 / China and Brazil in African Agriculture
The Future Agricultures Consortium is addressing the question of how the 'rising powers', including the BRICS countries, are changing agricultural development in Africa. Our research project China and Brazil in African Agriculture aims to document and critically analyse the experiences

Young People and Agri-Food: Small Grant Competition 2012-2013
Young People and Agri-Food: Small Grant Competition 2012-2013
April 27, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
Call for ApplicationsDeadline: 15 June 2012 The Future Agriculture Consortium, through its Young People and Agri-Food theme, seeks to address three constraints to more appropriate policy in relation to the “young people and agriculture” problem in Africa: A lack of

About the Gender & Social Difference theme
April 26, 2012 / Gender & Social Difference
The Gender & Social Difference work of Future Agricultures covers learning across the FAC thematic research programmes.  It is based on the widespread perception that ongoing social, economic, political, and environmental change processes in agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa are leading

“Green Grabs” journal issue
“Green Grabs” journal issue
April 25, 2012 / Land
A special issue of the Journal of Peasant Studies, published this week, explores the controversial issue of 'green grabbing' – the appropriation of land and resources for environmental ends. The vigorous debate on 'land grabbing' already highlights instances where 'green'

Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa (PEAPA)
Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa (PEAPA)
April 19, 2012 / Policy Processes
Debates on the appropriate role for the state in stimulating agricultural development should be linked to an assessment of the capacity and willingness of the state to implement particular policies in particular country contexts. The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy

Commercialisation research updates: Tanzania and Ethiopia
Commercialisation research updates: Tanzania and Ethiopia
April 18, 2012 / Pathways to Commercialisation
Two research updates have been published from the Commercialisation theme. They provide an update on our case studies in Tanzania and Ethiopia, examining how small farmers have been able to take opportunities to commercialise under different conditions.

Video: What is Seasonality?
April 16, 2012 / Growth and Social Protection
In this video, two contributors to the book Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development - Robert Chambers and Stephen Devereux - explain why seasonality has been neglected and why it is important for policy. Watch the video on YouTube

Policy Briefs: Seeds, Agro-dealers and Political Economy
April 11, 2012 / Science, Technology and Innovation
Six new Policy Briefs shed light on the political economy of seeds in Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. They arise from the work of the Science, Technology and Innovation theme of the Future Agricultures Consortium. These Policy Briefs also

LDPI Small Grants 2012: Recipients
LDPI Small Grants 2012: Recipients
March 16, 2012 / Land
The Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI) has announced the awards of its Small Grants programme for 2012.  The LDPI is a network to promote 'engaged research' on the recent explosion of (trans) national commercial and corporation-driven land transactions. Out of

Land grabbing conference, October 2012, USA
Land grabbing conference, October 2012, USA
March 7, 2012 / Land
Across the world, we are seeing a dramatic rise in the extent of cross-border, transnational corporation-driven and foreign government-driven, large-scale land deals unfolding. Such ‘land grabs’ revolve around the production and sale of food and biofuels, conservation and mining activities.