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

Land in Zimbabwe: Voices from the Field
Land in Zimbabwe: Voices from the Field
September 27, 2011 / Land
26 September 2011 - Ian Scoones Zimbabwe's political crisis continues with political parties' internal divides exposed by Wikileaks revelations, the coalition government at loggerheads on fundamental issues and the prospect of a violent election period in the coming year. Yet

FAC Researchers contribute to IDS Bulletin on Climate Change
FAC Researchers contribute to IDS Bulletin on Climate Change
July 6, 2011 / Climate Change
Three FAC researchers have contributed to a new IDS Bulletin focusing on the Political Economy of Climate Change:

New IDS Bulletin Features FAC work on the Political Economy of Seed Systems in Africa’s Green Revolution
New IDS Bulletin Features FAC work on the Political Economy of Seed Systems in Africa’s Green Revolution
July 5, 2011 / Science, Technology and Innovation
As calls for a ‘Uniquely African Green Revolution' gain momentum, a focus on seeds and seed systems is rising up the agricultural policy agenda. Much of the debate stresses the technological or market dimensions, with substantial investments being made in seed

Transnational Commercial Land Deals in Ghana
June 27, 2011 / Land
Joseph Yaro, Dzodzi Tsikata, Marshal Kala, Abraham Zackaria University of Legon, Ghana

Land deals and commercial agriculture in Kwara State, Nigeria
June 27, 2011 / Land
Joseph Ariyo and Michael Mortimore Alma du Bello University; independent

Land Deals in Kenya: The Competing Interests of Investors, Pastoralists and Commercialising Farmers
June 27, 2011 / Land
Research team: John Letai, Abdirizak Nunow, Jeremy Lind Oxfam GB, Moi University, University of Sussex

The next Great Trek: South African commercial farmers moving north
June 27, 2011 / Land
Research team: Ruth Hall, Gaynor Paradza PLAAS, University of the Western Cape

The Political Economy of Land Grabs and Land Reforms in Malawi
June 27, 2011 / Land
Research team: Henry Chingaipe, Micheal Chasukwa, Blessings Chinsinga and Ephraim Chirwa Chancellor College, University of Malawi

Country Case Studies: Transnational Commercial Land Deals in Africa
Country Case Studies: Transnational Commercial Land Deals in Africa
June 27, 2011 / Land
The convergence of global crises in food, energy, finance and the environment has driven a dramatic revaluation of land ownership as powerful transnational and national economic actors tap into lands outside their own borders to provide food and energy security

Report on the Africa College International “Food Security, Health and Impact” Knowledge Brokering Conference
Report on the Africa College International “Food Security, Health and Impact” Knowledge Brokering Conference
June 26, 2011 / Policy Processes
22 - 24 June 2011, Leeds, UK, by Colin Poulton Africa College is a research partnership between University of Leeds (Faculties of Biological Sciences, Environment, Medicine and Health), IITA and ICIPE that aims “to improve the lives of millions of