Future Agricultures Consortium

Future Agricultures is a network of researchers on agriculture and food policy in Africa, formed of more than 100 people working in 12 countries across Africa and in Europe. The organisation’s approach combines critical research and reflection, networking and partnerships, policy dialogue, and communications.

Future Agricultures is exploring:

  • how policy on food and agriculture is made, and how it is put into practice, in different countries
  • the implications of social change, the environment and technology for food and agriculture policy
  • how different groups of people stand to benefit from changes in food and agriculture policy
  • the effects of interventions from outside Africa (for example, from donors, the BRICS, large scale land deals or corporate investment) and a range of related issues.

The research is organised in a set of themes: commercialisation, growth and social protection, pastoralism, climate change, young people, land, policy processes, science technology and innovation, gender and social difference, and Brazil and China in Africa.

Future Agricultures researchers are working in Ethiopia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The secretariat is based at IDS.

We are sharing our research and analysis on policy processes and political economy, to support CAADP (the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme). CAADP brings together people and organisations throughout the continent to promote agriculture-led development.

Consortium Researchers and Partners

Key funder: UK Department for International Development (2003-present)
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IDS publications on international development research

Perspectives on Jobs and Farming: Findings from a Q Study with Young People, Parents and Development Workers in Rural Ghana

Future Agricultures 109 (2015)

This paper presents the results of a series of Q Methodology studies with secondary students and parents at two sites in Ghana (Ashanti Region and Northern Region), and with development officials. The studies were informed by the argument that there is a significant risk of implementation failure when there is a clash of assumptions or world views among the parties associated with a policy process. More details

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Agricultural Impact Evaluation is Failing to Measure Up

IDS Policy Briefing 78 (2014)

New technology that enables sustainable and profitable production of food is critical for both food and nutrition security and economic development. Yet, recent research suggests assessments of the productivity gains farmers realise from new technology are routinely flawed methodologically and hence unreliable as a basis for decision making. More details

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China and Brazil in African Agriculture

IDS Bulletin 44.4 (2013)

This IDS Bulletin examines Brazilian and Chinese agricultural development cooperation in Africa. More details

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Food Price Volatility and Financial Speculation

Understanding better the relationship between financial markets and food price volatility is the motivation for this paper. More details

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Young People and Agriculture in Africa

IDS Bulletin 43.6 (2012)

The articles in this IDS Bulletin are drawn from the conference on 'Young People, Farming and Food' in Accra, Ghana. This conference examined how young people engage with the agri-food sector in Africa and how research findings were being integrated into policy processes. More details

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Small Farm Commercialisation in Africa: Reviewing the Issues

Small farmers in Africa have long been engaged with markets. Whenever villages have been connected to urban or overseas markets, smallholders have produced surpluses for them at times prompting remarkable transformations in rural economies. More details

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Climate Change and Agricultural Policy Processes in Malawi

This paper explores climate change - agriculture debates in Malawi in view of the increasing interest and funding pledges for the agricultural sector in a changing climate. More details

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Young People and Policy Narratives in Sub-Saharan Africa

Future Agricultures Working Paper (2012)

The argument developed is that over a number of key policy areas, youth and the issues and challenges associated with them, are often the objects of negative framings. More details

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Public Agronomy: Norman Borlaug as 'brand hero' for the Green Revolution

Journal of Development Studies 48.11 (2012)

This article examines the role played by Norman Borlaug in promoting the notion of Green Revolution as a way to rapidly transform agriculture in the developing world. More details

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Future Farmers: Youth Aspirations, Expectations and Life Choices

Young people constitute a high and increasing proportion of the African population, with around 70 percent of the continent’s total population currently under the age of 30. More details

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Farmers' Knowledge and Climate Change Adaptation: Insights from Policy Processes in Kenya and Namibia

This briefing paper reports on lessons from recent studies in two areas: first on seasonal forecasting and indigenous knowledge in Kenya, and second, agro-ecological knowledge and science in Namibia. More details

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Youth and Policy Processes

The rapid and sustained increase in the number of young people in the global south is one of today’s most significant demographic trends. Around 90 percent of young people reside in developing countries. More details