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

Studies on the economic contributions of livestock in North and East Africa
Studies on the economic contributions of livestock in North and East Africa
March 7, 2012 / Pastoralism
Livestock is important to the economies of countries in Northern and Eastern Africa, and there has been a need to demonstrate this contribution. The FAO IGAD Livestock Policy Initiative has published a series of studies by Roy Behnke (together with

Project: The politics of changing pastoral livelihoods in the Horn of Africa
Project: The politics of changing pastoral livelihoods in the Horn of Africa
February 29, 2012 / Pastoralism
This project explores how changes in social, economic and political systems in the Horn of Africa are changing the nature of pastoralism, and the new types of pastoralism that are emerging. Our research explores the following areas: The characteristics of

Policy Dialogue: Climate Chaos, Policy Dilemma in Kenya
Policy Dialogue: Climate Chaos, Policy Dilemma in Kenya
February 24, 2012 / Climate Change
The FAC Climate Change theme convened a policy roundtable in February 2012 to discuss key findings of a recent research on the status of agricultural climate change policy process in Kenya. Video and presentations have been published from the session.

New book: Contested Agronomy
New book: Contested Agronomy
February 17, 2012 / Science, Technology and Innovation
A new book, Contested Agronomy, by FAC members Jim Sumberg and John Thompson, is published by Routledge as part of the STEPS Centre's Pathways to Sustainability book series. Contested Agronomy book: order The dramatic increases in food prices experienced over

Winners announced: young people, farming & food media competition
Winners announced: young people, farming & food media competition
February 17, 2012 / Young People & Agrifood
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Africa-wide journalism competition on young people, farming and food. The competition was held in the run-up to our Young People, Farming and Food conference in Ghana, 19-21 March 2012. We had over

Book: Seasonality, rural livelihoods and development
Book: Seasonality, rural livelihoods and development
January 18, 2012 / Growth and Social Protection
Edited by Stephen Devereux, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler & Richard Longhurst Routledge, 2011 A systematic study of seasonality for over 20 years, this book aims to revive academic interest and policy awareness of this crucial but neglected issue. Buy the book from

Book: Seasonality, rural livelihoods and development
Book: Seasonality, rural livelihoods and development
January 18, 2012 / Growth and Social Protection
Edited by Stephen Devereux, Rachel Sabates-Wheeler & Richard Longhurst A systematic study of seasonality for over 20 years, this book aims to revive academic interest and policy awareness of this crucial but neglected issue. Buy the book from Earthscan Publishing

FAC and its partners host MPs meeting on pastoral livelihoods and policy
FAC and its partners host MPs meeting on pastoral livelihoods and policy
December 16, 2011 / Pastoralism
Securing land tenure for pastoralists in Kenya is one of the major concerns for policymakers from the pastoral community. A breakfast meeting hosted by Future Agricultures Consortium and its partners, Centre for Minority Rights Development (CEMIRIDE) and Pastoralists Development Network

Climate Change and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Concerns, Old Arguments?
Climate Change and Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa: New Concerns, Old Arguments?
December 5, 2011 / Climate Change
This is a summary of an unpublished paper by Paula Silva Villanueva and Rocio Hiraldo. The paper is due to be published soon. The purpose of this paper is to map current policy debates on climate change and agriculture in

Markets and productivity are thought to be vital to African Green Revolution
Markets and productivity are thought to be vital to African Green Revolution
November 14, 2011 / Pathways to Commercialisation
By Dr Samuel Gebreselassie Two international conferences held recently in Addis Ababa emphasised that markets and agricultural productivity are key in lifting Africa’s small farmers out of poverty by sustaining and accelerating the growth in Africa observed over the past