Acronym: 
FAC
Non Governmental organization
University or Research Institution

Location

Institute of Development Studies / University of Sussex BN1 9RE Brighton , East Sussex
United Kingdom
East Sussex GB
Working languages: 
English

The Future Agricultures Consortium is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations seeking to provide timely, high-quality and independent information and advice to improve agricultural policy and practice in Africa.

Through a network of over 90 researchers across the region and around the world, we are showing how agricultural policy in Africa can help to reduce poverty and strengthen agricultural growth.

Our research and analysis focuses on the political economy of agricultural policy processes in Africa

– critically examining how and why decisions are made, the condition for change, and the practical and policy challenges of establishing and sustaining pro-poor agricultural growth.

The Consortium in collaboration with Southern partners will begin work on three country clusters:

Country-level work will involve several stages and outputs, including:

  • Background work: completion and production of scoping papers
  • Constraints analysis in different sites in the country to identify constraints limiting agricultural growth
  • Policy process analysis, exploring how agriculture policy is treated both locally and nationally
  • Scenarios workshops: bringing collective information together to identify different scenarios and trajectories of agricultural and livelihood change
  • A disaggregated assessment of the role of agriculture in economic growth and poverty reduction, highlighting potential impacts of different intervention options
  • Identification of institutional reform and technology intervention options to get different agricultures moving
  • Identification of policy blockages and opportunities for change
  • Understanding of and engagement with the policy process to facilitate change
  • Highlighting of emerging themes and issues for further investigation

 

Future Agricultures Consortium Resources

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Reports & Research
October 2015
Africa

Critical reflections on the concepts, issues and methods that are important for integrating a gender perspective into mainstream research and policy-making on land and agricultural commercialisation in Africa. Informed by case studies in Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. Compares key gender issues that arise across plantation, contract farming and small- and medium-scale commercial farming. Discusses how concepts and research methods derived from the literature may be applied to mainstream research. Highlights the need for an integrated approach to researching gender and agrarian change in Africa.

Reports & Research
May 2015
Tanzania
Africa

Since the global food crisis of 2008 the Tanzanian government has made food security through increases in agricultural productivity a policy priority. The emphasis is on commercialisation, with a particular focus on large-scale rice and sugarcane production. Gender equity within African agricultural production is a critical issue; yet limited empirical research exists on the gender implications of agricultural commercialisation now taking place in the region. Presents findings from fieldwork in Kilombero District in 2013-14.

Reports & Research
December 2014
Africa

Includes key messages; context of the voluntary guidelines and frameworks – AU Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, World Bank Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment, FAO Voluntary Guidelines on Land, Fisheries and Forests, CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems; experiences from rural Africa – Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia; implementation challenges – state sovereignty, weak state institutions, protection of the rights of marginalised groups, private sector commitment, lack of adequate resources and lead institution; policy recommend

Reports & Research
March 2014
Tanzania
Africa

There are gender-differentiated impacts when land is harnessed for commercial investment. Land policy needs to address the gendered nature of power relations within families and land tenure systems, and the implications of rural social relations on processes of community consultation, land management and dispute settlement. Without this, land investment policies will not reach their goals of tenure security for all, agricultural productivity and increased revenue.

Reports & Research
February 2014
Africa

African agriculture is in a phase of rapid commercialisation. Planners and investors in sub-Saharan Africa urgently need to consider how the choice of business model, the local context and the political environment affect outcomes of commercial ventures. Lessons from history have contemporary relevance.

Reports & Research
November 2013
Tanzania
Africa

Includes the impacts of failed large-scale investments: the case of Bioshape; Bioshape’s land acquisition process at the national, district and village level; the impacts of Bioshape’s investment in Kilwa; the biofuel boom and bust in Tanzania 2005-11; options for the affected villagers, policy implications; recommendations.

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Peer-reviewed publication
November 2013
Tanzania

 One of the most wellknown biofuel investments was that of Bioshape, which acquired approximately 34,000 ha in Kilwa District for the cultivation of jatropha.

Reports & Research
June 2013
Tanzania
Africa

Through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, G8 countries are seeking to mobilise the private sector and multi-national corporations to boost African agriculture. Looks at how African countries are engaging with the New Alliance. Argues that large-scale acquisitions of land for corporate agriculture, which may result from New Alliance projects, pose a serious challenge for local markets and smallholder farmers. Underlying assumptions need to be challenged.

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