FAC co-hosts annual events to highlight key issues related to FAC work in Africa.
Already, in 2011 FAC has hosted two international conferences, The Future of Pastoralism and The International Conference on Global Land Grabbing.
In 2010, we held a major conference Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant looking at expanding internationally competitive agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also hosted University of the Bush to discuss pastoralists priorities.
In 2009, we held a major conference on‘Seasonality Revisited’, looking at the influence of changing patterns of seasonality on production and livelihoods.
In late 2008, FAC co-hosted a major international workshop on farmer-led innovation for agricultural research and development.
The first was a collaboration with theSalzburg Global Seminar that focused on ‘Towards an African Green Revolution?’ and was chaired by Kofi Annan, chair of AGRA.
19 – 21 March 2012 An international conference on the future of the agrifood sector in Africa.
6-8 April 2011 Organised by the Land Deals Politics Initiative ( LDPI) in collaboration with the Journal of Peasant Studies and hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.
The focus of the conference was on the politics of global land grabbing and agrarian change. The papers and panels address some of the most urgent and strategic questions around global land grab.
All across northern Kenya pastroralists are talking about the new constitution voted by the Kenya Parliament in August 2010. Devolution of power to the new county system could mean local elected administrations responding better to pastoralist priorities. Defining those priorities and the ways in which the political opportunities can best be engaged is a question on many people’s minds. An upcoming seminar in the University of the Bush series will provide a forum for pastoralists to discuss the new opportunities and share innovations in institutions, trade and technology and how they might be used or developed to make the most of new political space.
8-10 July 2009 The Seasonality Revisited International Conference, was held at the Institute of Development Studies. It concluded that the costs of ignoring the seasonal dimensions of poverty are enormous, despite seasonality being rarely reflected in agricultural investment and social protection policies.
The conference was organised by the Future Agricultures Consortium and the Centre for Social Protection to help put the ‘seasonality of poverty’ back in the policy agenda.
The “Toward a ‘Green Revolution’ in Africa?” conference and subsequent seminar asked what lessons can be extracted from recent successes in African agricultural development and how can recent growth be sustained, expanded, and accelerated? How can new investments and actors in African agriculture support efforts to align policies and political processes to support agricultural as well as broader development goals? How can innovation systems be made robust, relevant and sustainable? How can the hardware of science and technology be linked to the software of institutions, policy and social dynamics? How should agricultural science and technology in Africa be governed?
12-14 December 2007 The Future Agricultures Consortium in association with the STEPS Centre at Sussex hosted an international workshop, ‘Farmer First Revisited’, at IDS to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the original ‘Farmer First’ event.