- IFPRI: Seminar on 'Strategies & Priorities for African Agriculture', 3 October
- Supply or demand: what ‘drives’ modern agricultural revolutions?
- The great green land grab
- "To Di World" - an Olympic effort to tackle hunger?
- Rio+20: Women's rights in reverse gear
- Measuring aid to agriculture and food security
- Pastoralism: good news from a troubled region
- Blog of blogs: climate adaptation, hunger and nutrition for Malawi & Ethiopia
- Green agriculture: not just for Africa
- Green agriculture: interests, politics and narratives at Rio+20
- Brazil, China and Africa: options for adaptive cooperation in agriculture
- What would it take to make Brazil-Africa cooperation work?
- Brazilian provision of cooperation in agriculture: politics and paths
- Should traditional donors be interfering in South-South cooperation?
- After the honeymoon: what would a happy marriage between Brazil and Africa look like?
- A new alliance for food security, or a two-track Africa?
- Measuring women’s empowerment: A retrograde step?
- Actions and gaps: The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change final report
- The Future of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP): A Political Economy Inquiry
- Engaging young people in agriculture
Posted: 28 Sep 2012 07:40 AM PDT
IFPRI is running a seminar on strategies and priorities for African agriculture on 3 October 2012, which will be streamed online. The live stream will be here. IFPRI is also inviting questions on Twitter using the hashtag #AskIFPRI.
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Posted: 26 Sep 2012 08:27 AM PDT
In 1999 Delgado et al. published the report Livestock to 2020: The Next Food Revolution. They argued that there would be a quantum jump in demand for livestock products in parts of the developing world, and a shift in the location of livestock production, tied to human population growth, rising incomes, continuing urbanisation and changing food preferences. The notion of the Livestock Revolution – with its promise of diet diversity, better nutrition and health, and also opportunities for small-scale producers – is one of the most powerful ideas to emerge in the areas of food, nutrition and agricultural development over the last decade.
Delgado and his co-authors suggested that the Livestock Revolution is fundamentally different from the earlier Green Revolution because it is 'demand driven' while the Green Revolution was 'supply driven' (p.1, 59). The language of 'demand-driven production systems' looms large in the story of the Livestock Revolution, and is depicted as part-and-parcel of what Delgado et al. suggest is an important shift, with livestock production moving from a 'local multipurpose activity to a global food activity' (p.60).
Posted: 14 Sep 2012 07:39 AM PDT
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Posted: 10 Aug 2012 02:14 AM PDT
World leaders are preparing for the hunger and nutrition summit in the UK on 12 August, at the close of the Olympic Games. Lawrence Haddad, director of the Institute of Development Studies, has written for The Guardian on the need to make lasting commitments. The efforts to tackle hunger and malnutrition need to become more transparent and accountable.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:19 AM PDT
This guest post is by Agnes Otzelberger, Africa Climate Adaptation and Global Gender Advisor, CARE International.
The Rio+20 agreement, already finalised by negotiating parties before the official conference began, does not go far beyond 'recognising', 'affirming', and 'acknowledging' the importance of a long but fragmented shopping list of social, environmental and economic ingredients for sustainable development and the 'green economy'. In the absence of clear leadership and a reasonably resourced roadmap to achieve sustainable development, this is a bit like telling a crew of sailors to cross the ocean with no captain, no boat, no map and no clear destination.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 01:03 AM PDT
A new briefing paper from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) discusses flaws in the system for identifying aid to agriculture and calls for a purposeful (policy-relevant) measure that addresses global commitments on transparency, accountability and results-based aid. The paper is by Lidia Cabral (a member of the Future Agricultures Consortium) and John Howell.
Posted: 16 Jul 2012 04:02 AM PDT
Ian Scoones has blogged at The Huffington Post on pastoralism in the Horn of Africa - a sector marked by incredible creativity, diversity and rapid change.
"Where in the developing world do you see the growth of a $1 billion per annum export trade, the creation of export corridors, the flourishing of the private sector, the expansion of towns with the inflow of investment, and the emergence of a class of entrepreneurs commanding a profitable market, and generating employment and other business opportunities; and all of this driven without a reliance on external development aid?"
Read and comment at the Huffington Post
Posted: 21 Jun 2012 07:09 AM PDT
Around the Rio+20 conference, the Institute of Development Studies is compiling a 'collection of blogs' about hunger, nutrition and climate adaptation. It focuses on how these issues relate to Malawi and Ethiopia.
Posted: 20 Jun 2012 03:07 AM PDT
With approximately 1 billion people facing chronic hunger, a further 1 billion with 'hidden hunger' from micronutrient deficiencies and another 1 billion obese people, there is an urgent need to address inequalities in the global food system. On top of these current pressures, the food system will need to feed a global population estimated to peak at between 9 and 10 billion people, who will themselves be demanding a richer and higher quality diet.
As representatives from the world's nations gather in Rio, 'green agriculture' is promoted as being part of the solution. But the responsibility for change is not just in countries where there is poverty and hunger.
Posted: 20 Jun 2012 02:52 AM PDT
At the Rio+20 Conference, which starts today, world leaders and actors from NGOs, research and the private sector are discussing, among other things, the green economy agenda and the prerequisite institutions for sustainable development. Top priority has been given to 'green agriculture' in a rush to solve the problem of food insecurity in regions such as Africa. But behind these two words lie a number of difficult questions for Rio and beyond.
Posted: 31 May 2012 01:49 PM PDT
By Prof Qi Gubo, College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agricultural University
Novel partnership structures in agriculture were discussed in the May 2012 workshop in on South-South cooperation for agricultural development in Africa, though much further exploration and analysis is needed. A good starting point for guiding multiple actors to work together is to compare the experiences from China-Africa and Brazil-Africa cooperation in agriculture. Meanwhile, existing cooperation between countries should be assessed from the various perspectives of institutions, beneficiaries and participants.
A variety of learning approaches and cooperation methods should be up for discussion, including mutually beneficial partnerships which go beyond traditional top-down development aid.
Posted: 31 May 2012 12:21 PM PDT
Brazil is on the rise as a new global player in international development assistance – but most Brazilians would prefer not to think of their homeland as a "donor country". For non-Brazilians, though, it is attractive to project it as a donor, especially now that it is officially the sixth largest world economy ahead of the UK. One reason that Brazilians are uncomfortable with labeling Brazil as a donor is because it threatens to undermine the uniqueness of Brazilian cooperation, which is motivated and driven by an intertwined set of principles of horizontality.
A recent high-level conference held in Brasília on 17 and 18 May 2012 reflected on the prospects and challenges of Brazil-Africa cooperation in the field of agriculture. The discussions were wide-ranging, but they revolved around the relevance of Brazil-Africa cooperation, the uniqueness of the principles of Brazilian cooperation and the apparent challenges associated with cooperation between Brazil and Africa.
The rich exchanges over the two day period prompted some critical reflections on my part. While there is huge potential in the novelty of Brazil-Africa cooperation in the field of agriculture, it would be at least advisable to treat the dynamics that currently underpin it as a work in progress.
Posted: 24 May 2012 06:25 AM PDT
by Iara Costa Leite, Articulação SUL
Agriculture has become the main flagship of Brazilian engagement in South-South Development Cooperation (SSDC). According to official data, the sector leads the country's provision of technical cooperation, gathering more than 20% of initiatives. In the context of global efforts aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the first one, the Brazilian "path" has been internationally recognized as an example to be followed, especially by Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to tackle primary development challenges such as food security and the fight against hunger.
Such argument, however, has to be qualified taking into consideration national as well as international broader political dynamics.
Posted: 24 May 2012 06:18 AM PDT
by Daniel Bradley, DFID
So why was DFID supporting a workshop on the role of South-South cooperation? Isn't South-South supposed to be about southern voices, without 'traditional donors' getting in the way?
Well, as FAC workshop discussant Langton Mukwereza suggested, there's a role for everyone - it's not simply a case of out with the old and in with the new. And the workshop helped us take another small step towards the idea of a broader and more balanced network of development actors, linked through various forms of partnership.
Posted: 23 May 2012 03:30 AM PDT
Experts and practitioners from Africa, Brazil, China, Argentina and Europe met in the capital of Brazil last week to discuss South-South cooperation for agricultural development in Africa. The diversity of stakeholders represented and the policy-research nexus that framed the debate made it a pioneering gathering on the topic.
Brazil emerged from the discussions with a powerful image of an international development actor: its domestic policy success stories are compelling, its bureaucracy is articulate and accessible and its civil society is emphatic. There is a good deal of optimism on the role of Brazilian cooperation in Africa and Brazil's flamboyant manners seem to have great appeal across the Atlantic.
The rise and establishment of Brazil as a development actor in Africa are indeed good news. It brings salutary competition into the aid system, enlarging the recipients' room for manoeuvre. Perhaps more importantly, the country has much to offer in tropical agriculture science and technology, as well as first-hand experience on agriculture growth, smallholder farmer development and poverty reduction. Notwithstanding the potential benefits, last week's seminar was also a healthy warning about some of the myths and challenges underlying the glitter of the Brazil-Africa honeymoon.
Posted: 21 May 2012 04:20 AM PDT
The latest international initiative to combat food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition was launched by G8 leaders with the usual fanfare in Chicago last week. President Obama, Hillary Clinton, three African heads of state and a long list of business leaders, along with Andrew Mitchell, the UK's own Secretary of State. Leaders pledged to banish food insecurity for 50 million people through mobilising the private sector through a 'New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition'. But will the initiative really deal with the underlying political economic conditions that keep people poor? Or will it create a two-track Africa instead, dividing those able to benefit from private investment and neoliberal policy from those who lose out? The sort of technical-economic fix offered by the G8 clearly fails to address the wider political and institutional questions and the needs and priorities of many of the region's people, an issue long emphasised by the work of the Future Agricultures Consortium.
Posted: 27 Apr 2012 03:28 AM PDT
The Women's Empowerment in Agriculture Index has just been launched with great fanfare. It intends to serve as a tool for measuring and monitoring women's roles and their engagement in agriculture with the aim of closing identified "gender empowerment gaps". But does the WEA Index fall into the same trap of previous attempts, essentializing women's roles and failing to get to grips with the social relations at the heart of gender dynamics in agriculture?
Posted: 18 Apr 2012 03:54 AM PDT
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change launched their final report, Achieving food security in the face of climate change, at a key event at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London on 28th March.
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 03:12 AM PDT
Posted: 06 Apr 2012 05:50 AM PDT
by Courtney Paisley, YPARD
When we are talking about engaging youth in agriculture, where do we want them to be engaged? What type of role are we thinking about for them?
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