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The purpose of this guide is to provide access to relevant, diverse and credible research on the role of agricultural production and food policy in achieving broad development goals. It aims to inform dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy actors and decision makers globally around issues such as food security, land issues, food prices, gender and the role of technology and innovation.
Connecting development actors in Ethiopia: linking climate change, nutrition and gender
Farmer tending crops
A. Vitale / Panos Pictures

Over the past few months, ordinary people from around the globe have taken to the streets to show their concern at the lack of political will to deal with climate change. The world will be watching how our leaders respond over 2015.

One of the issues on the agenda is food security. As demonstrated in the latest IPCC report, climate change is having an impact on already worrying levels of hunger and undernutrition in the world. This evidence has reinforced the importance of agriculture becoming more climate smart in order to: increase food security, adapt to build resilience, and reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).

This blog post examines IDS’ recent work in Ethiopia, touching upon how nutritionists, agriculturalists, gender, environmental and climate change professionals are starting to talk to one another and respond to the need for climate smart agriculture.

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Past, present and future: fifty years of anthropology in Sudan
M.A.M. Assal (ed); M.A. Abdul-Jalil / Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway, 2015
This book is about the history of anthropology in Sudan. Contributors to the book represent different generations of anthropologists who at some point in time either taught at the department in Khartoum or had some sort...
2014-2015 Global Food Policy Report
International Food Policy Research Institute, 2015
This report puts into perspective the major food policy issues, developments, and decisions in 2014 and highlights challenges and opportunities for 2015. Drawing on rigorous research, IFPRI researchers and other distinguished food pol...
Priests, technicians and traders? The discursive politics of Brazil’s agricultural cooperation in Mozambique
L. Cabral / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2015
Questions such as whose interests drive Brazil into Africa, what development models are carried along and what is in them for African countries have been guiding research and debates about Brazil’s cooperation in Africa. This pa...
Mozambican elite in a Chinese rice ‘friendship’: an ethnographic study of the Xai-Xai irrigation scheme
S. Chichava / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2015
In April 2007, the Mozambican and the Chinese governments through the Provinces of Gaza and Hubei respectively set up an agreement for the establishment of a Chinese ‘friendship’ rice farm at the Lower Limpopo scheme (also...
Chinese and Brazilian agricultural models in Mozambique. The case of the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre and of the Brazilian ProALIMENTOS programme
S. Chichava; N.N. Fingermann / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2015
China and Brazil have called increasing attention from the international community, especially in the field of development cooperation. In Africa, for instance, both countries have expanded their development activities and defined agr...
Chinese agricultural expertise support in Ethiopia: approaches, motives and perspectives
D. Alemu; S. Cook; Q. Gubo / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2015
The Government of Ethiopia’s (GoE’s) economic growth strategy, Agriculture Development Led Industrialization (ADLI, formulated in 1991), places very high priority on accelerating agricultural growth and achieving food secu...
Situating Tian Ze’s role in reviving Zimbabwe’s flue-cured tobacco sector in the wider discourse on Zimbabwe- China cooperation: will the scorecard remain win-win?
L. Mukwereza / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2015
The milestone 1998 land reform conference convened by Zimbabwe and major donors ended in a stalemate on how the country was to proceed thereon. In the aftermath of that landmark event, Zimbabwe proceeded unilaterally in implementing a...
Zimbabwe-Brazil cooperation through the More Food Africa programme
L. Mukwereza / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2015
The expanding footprint of BRICS countries in Africa, especially over the last 15 years, has remained a subject of intense public interest in academic, development and diplomatic circles. There is some understandable trepidation among...
Emerging seed markets: the role of Brazilian, Chinese and Indian seeds in African agriculture
H. Tugendhat, / Future Agricultures Consortium, 2014
In recent years, three of the largest emerging powers, Brazil, China and India, have all brought about incredible agricultural revolutions and seeds have played a big part in that story. Nowadays, their seed markets are all within the...
Chinese agricultural investment in Mozambique: the case of Wanbao rice farm
S. Chichava / SAIS China Africa Research Initiative, 2014
China’s largest agricultural investment in Africa is reported to be the Hubei Gaza Friendship Farm, established in 2007 in Mozambique and now managed by a private Chinese firm, Wanbao Africa Agriculture Development Limited (WAAD...
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