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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
June, 2011

Whatever the prevailing terminology and ideologies, there is now ample evidence that large swathes of African farmland are being allocated to investors, usually on long-term leases, at a rate not seen for decades – indeed, not since the colonial period. The fact that much of this land is being acquired to provide for the future food and fuel needs of foreign nations has, not surprisingly, led to allegations that a neo-colonial push by more wealthy and powerful nations is underway to annex the continent’s key natural resources.

Library Resource
January, 2007
Sub-Saharan Africa


This thesis, is based on the follwing legs of argument, as follows:

The pastoral human population is growing at about 2.5% per year

A certain minimum number of livestock are needed to support these humans as pastoralists, even at very low levels of welfare.

The maximum total pastoral herd size is limited by the amount of livestock feed available. Where numbers temporarily exceed this limit they soon die back.

Library Resource
January, 2006
Ethiopia, Sub-Saharan Africa

By Samuel Gebreselassie
Land and land tenure is a hot policy issue in Ethiopia. Three key issues are raised – farm size and fragmentation and the question of what is a ‘viable’ farm unit; tenure security and whether lack of land registration/certification or titling undermines investment in productivity improvements; and finally the issue land markets and whether imperfectly functioning markets constrain opportunities for land consolidation, investment and agricultural growth.

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