Future Agricultures Consortium: Agricultural Policy Research in Africa

The Future Agricultures Consortium is a multidisciplinary and independent learning alliance of academic researchers and practitioners involved in African agriculture. It aims to encourage dialogue and the sharing of good practice by policy makers and opinion formers in Africa on the role of agriculture in broad based growth. Collectively it offers a responsive mode of…

Close up picture of cotton crop.

Rethinking Regulation: seeds and drugs in China and Argentina

This project compared the regulation of two technologies – transgenic cotton seeds and antibiotics – with the way those technologies are experienced amongst poorer communities in rural Argentina and rural China.

Worshippers in surgical masks praying in a cathedral in Mexico / Photo: Praying for health by eneas / Flickr

Epidemics: pathways of disease and response

Epidemics emerge from changes in behaviour, land use, and interactions between humans and animals. What is behind the responses to epidemics, how can citizens contribute to the decisions made, and how can they better support poor people’s livelihoods and contribute to social justice?

Planting genetically engineered crops

Beyond Biosafety

Project dates: 2007 to 2010 Debates about transgenic crops have become highly polarised across the globe. In the process, civil society organisations and movements have emerged as key actors, alongside governmental and ‘expert’ science institutions, in the contested field of agricultural biotechnology. In developing countries, biosafety and its regulation has become the lightning rod for…

Biochar held in hands

Biochar and Anthropogenic Dark Earths

This project investigates how charred carbon (biochar) is used to enrich soil by African farmers, and how it is being discussed and promoted as a potential solution to environmental problems.

Hand holding maize seeds / Photo: Speak-It films

Environmental change and maize innovations in Kenya

Maize is seen as a vital part of food security in East Africa. In the context of climate change, market uncertainty and changes in land use, how can farmers and others choose different crops or alternative methods for growing maize?

A woman farms pigs in China

Responding to zoonotic and related diseases in intensifying livestock systems: diverse framings and pathways

The intensification of livestock production is thought to make the problem of transboundary infectious diseases worse. This project explores how different groups understand these diseases, the issue of intensification and options for the future.

A Socio-Technical Analysis of the Livestock Revolution: Innovation Pathways in Poultry Production in Sub-Saharan Africa

What would a Livestock Revolution in Asia and Africa mean for the environment and for different groups in society?

Political ecologies of carbon in Africa

This project examines the power, politics and perceptions of carbon in Africa as new schemes are planned and put into action.