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Institute of Development Studies / University of Sussex BN1 9RE Brighton , East Sussex
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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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Library Resource
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.

Library Resource
Reports & Research
February, 2014

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.

Library Resource
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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The Case of Bioshape, Kilwa District

Peer-reviewed publication
November, 2013

 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.

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