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Future Agricultures Consortium
Future Agricultures Consortium
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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




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The political economy of agricultural growth corridors in eastern Africa

Février, 2019

Growing commercial interests;population growth and conservation initiatives are increasing competition for land in Tanzania. At the same time;land-related conflicts are on the rise. These trends undermine livelihoods by threatening rural people’s access to land and tenure security. Women tend to be disproportionately affected as available land diminishes;disadvantaged by weak land rights and limited participation in decision-making processes.

Researching Land and Commercial Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Gender Perspective: Concepts, Issues and Methods

Reports & Research
Octobre, 2015

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.

Gender implications of agricultural commercialisation: The case of sugarcane production in Kilombero District, Tanzania

Reports & Research
Mai, 2015

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.

International and regional guidelines on land governance and land-based investments: An agenda for African states

Reports & Research
Décembre, 2014

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

7 ways to work for better land rights

Reports & Research
Novembre, 2014

Contains recognise and strengthen customary rights starting with statutory recognition; community rather than individual titling must be further explored as an option; women’s land rights remain weak under customary tenure but formalization is not necessarily the answer; custom or rights for women is a false dichotomy; supporting women’s collective action is key; political leadership and evidence from research are needed to transform policies and practices; technical tools to secure land rights require wider policy and institutional support.