The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

Wednesday 24 September 2014 9:00am to 5:00pm
Overseas Development Institute

This event will present recent research and analysis from the Future Agricultures Consortium on how agricultural policy in Sub-Saharan Africa is shaped and put into practice.

The Future Agricultures Consortium's research and analysis, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) since 2005, focuses on the political economy of agricultural policy processes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Consortium’s work critically examines how and why agricultural policy decisions are made, the conditions for change and the practical and policy challenges of establishing and sustaining pro-poor agricultural growth.

This type of analysis is particularly relevant at the present time, as the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) moves into its second decade and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition (NA) unfolds across Africa, as it is often these political and institutional factors that influence what type of investments are prioritised, which initiatives take off and who benefits from them.

In this event we will present key findings and policy insights emerging from a range of Future Agricultures’ recent research activities on key themes of relevance to CAADP and the NA agendas, including:

  • The political economy of agricultural policy processes.
  • Land acquisitions and principles of responsible investment.
  • Changing patterns of agricultural growth and investment.
  • Pathways to improved irrigation performance.
  • China and Brazil in Africa and new paradigms of agricultural development
  • Strengthening and integrating Africa’s seed systems.
  • Pastoralism, livestock marketing and dynamic change at the margins.

Confirmed speakers

  • Blessings Chinsinga - Senior Lecturer, University of Malawi 
  • Colin Poulton - Research Fellow, SOAS, University of London 
  • Hannington Odame - Interim Executive Director, Centre for Africa Bio-entrepreneurship (CABE) 
  • Hussein Mahmoud – Lecturer, Pwani University College, Kenya
  • Ian Scoones - Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 
  • Jeremy Lind - Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 
  • Jim Sumberg - Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 
  • John Thompson - Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) 
  • Naomi Oates - Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute 
  • Roger Calow - Head of the Water Policy Programme, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Ruth Hall - Associate Professor, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) 
  • Seth Cook - Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) 
  • Steve Wiggins - Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)


To attend this event, you must register online at the Overseas Development Institute's event page. There is no cost to attend.

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