Future Agricultures Consortium

The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) was 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, FAC showed how agricultural policy in Africa can help to reduce poverty and strengthen agricultural growth.

Research and analysis focused on the political economy of agricultural policy processes in Africa  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 research is organised into 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.

The Consortium in collaboration with Southern partners worked on:


The Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year (2016-2021), research programme consortium funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and builds on more than a decade of research and policy engagement work by FAC.




Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA)

Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) is a five-year, DFID-funded, research programme consortium which aims to produce new evidence and policy insights into different pathways to agricultural commercialisation in Africa and their differential outcomes for local people and economies.


Integrated Seed Sector Development in Africa (ISSD-Africa)

The goal of ISSD Africa Programme is to support the development of a market-oriented, pluralistic, vibrant and dynamic seed sector in Africa for providing both female and male smallholder farmers access to quality seed of superior varieties.

Recent work


UK-Africa investment must not overlook African entrepreneurs

On 20 January, the UK-Africa Investment Summit takes place in London. According to DFID, the focus is on “investment opportunities”, “lasting partnerships”, “jobs, growth and sustainability”.  A forthcoming paper I have been working on with colleagues from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya,...

17 January 2020


In memory of Professor Ephraim Wadonda Chirwa

Professor Ephraim Chirwa, the Director of Research-Africa of the Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) Programme and a founding member of the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC), passed away after a sudden illness on the morning of 15 July 2019. An economist by training (with...

18 July 2019

Past Event

International conference: ‘Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World’

International conference organised by the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focusing on the rise of ‘authoritarian populism’ in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built.

From 17 March 2018 until 18 March 2018