SALZBURG DAY 1: EMERGING THEMES – EQUITY

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Equity is set to be one of the hottest topics of debate this week. How the benefits of an African Green Revolution are distributed to the poor and marginalised was one of the chief concerns expressed today. Ousmane Badiane of IFPRI highlighted the past decade was Africa’s first 10-year…

SALZBURG DAY 1: KOFI ANNAN CALLS FOR A “UNIQUELY AFRICAN GREEN REVOLUTION”

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Welcome to Salzburg, where this afternoon Kofi Annan is opening the Toward a Green Revolution in Africa conference with a speech that has called for a “uniquely African Green Revolution” founded on pro-poor policies with women as the crucial key. As food prices escalate at an unprecedented rate and…

SALZBURG: VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN AGRICULTURE

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member As 60 plus delegates from governments, farmer organisations, NGOs, business, academia and donor foundations across Africa and the wider world make thier way to Austria ahead of tomorrow’s Toward a Green Revolution in Africa conference, this might be a good time for a little rumination. Some perspectives on the…

SALZBURG GLOBAL SEMINAR: TOWARD A ‘GREEN REVOLUTION’ IN AFRICA

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member There is a clear need for a new vision for agricultural development in Africa that can deal with the complexities of agriculture in diverse settings across Africa and meet the conditions necessary to achieve more equitable benefits for Africa’s farmers. Kofi Annan will chair a conference beginning on Wednesday…

IAASTD: CHANGE IN FARMING CAN FEED THE WORLD

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The 2,500-page International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report has garnered support from sixty countries, the World Bank and most UN bodies for radical changes in world farming. Today’s Guardian carries the story. STEPS member John Thompson takes an in-depth look at on the conflicts…

Rethinking regulation in China: decisions facing farmers

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member See more photos from this project on our Flickr site The oilseed flowering season is almost over in central China, and cotton planting has started. Farmers first grow seedlings in nursery patches on the sides of their fields, before transplanting to a larger area after oilseed has been harvested….

Rethinking regulation in China: Zhang’s seed shop

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre member See more photos from this project on our Flickr site China’s new rural development campaign (Xīnnóngcúndianshi) was initiated in 2003 and has reshaped the agricultural sector in Hubei. Reductions in the public sector workforce led to redundancies in the central Chinese province, motivating several extension workers to move into…

BIOFUEL TRADING SCAM

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member The front page story of today’s Guardian delves into the murky world of a biofuels scam. “Up to 10% of biofuel exports from the US to Europe are believed to be part of the rogue scheme reaping big profits for agricultural trading firms,” writes environment correspondent Terry Macalister. And…

STEPS SEMINAR: GLOBAL BIOFUEL CROPS

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member Read the presentation Listen to a podcast of this seminar Introduced by Adrian Smith (40 mins) Helena and Les’ presentation will be posted here soon See photos from this seminar We are excited to have Les Levidow of the Open University and Helena Paul of Econexus, London with us…

LIVE ON AIR: FARMER FIRST ON NEW AGRICULTURIST PODCAST & RADIO

When agriculturists and academics from around the world attended the Farmer First Revisited workshop back in December, they were interviewed by Susanna Thorp of New Agriculturist. The resultant podcast is now live online (podcast 2008-1) as is the AgFax radio programme the magazine produces for African broadcasters (FFR is fourth item down). Have a listen.