The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

24 September 2014 09:30 - 17:00 GMT+01 (BST)
Conference
Streamed live online

Speakers confirmed include

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

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

Description

FAC’s research and analysis, which has been supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) since 2005, focuses on the political economy of agricultural policy processes in the region.  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 G-8’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

 

The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

Overseas Development Institute