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New ‘African Farmer Game’ version played at the 2015 STEPS Summer School
New ‘African Farmer Game’ version played at the 2015 STEPS Summer School
May 22, 2015 / Our blog
The new version of the single player game includes five contrasting configurations of households in a single village of ten households, each with varying amounts of land, labour and working capital. This increases the amount of inter-household social and economic

The UK election, Africa and Zimbabwe
May 5, 2015 / Our blog
However, as the African Arguments piece shows, the way ‘international development’ is framed in the manifestos is – with some exceptions – very different to the hey-day of the late 1990s, when the Department for International Development was formed. Today,

BRICS and agriculture: how the new ‘hubs of capital’ are changing development
April 28, 2015 / Our blog
Emerging dynamics Despite the hyperbole often associated with ‘rising powers’, one thing that struck me from across the presentations was the limits to accumulation and the extension and penetration of new forms of capital. There has been much debate about

Has the ‘impact agenda’ helped agronomy – or harmed it?
April 27, 2015 / Our blog
Value for money The “new public management” agenda fundamentally changed the terms of trade around publically funded agricultural research. In general, those promoting this agenda saw state institutions as bloated and inefficient, in need of the discipline of the market

23 April 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
April 23, 2015 / Our blog
New SAIS-CARI papers on China and South-East Africa The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative in Washington DC has published two new working papers on Chinese agricultural engagements in Africa. Tang Xiaoyang writes about ‘Assessing the Impact of Chinese Investment on

China & Brazil in African agriculture series: first 6 papers published
April 20, 2015 / Our blog
Read the working papers 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? Future Agricultures Working Paper 115 Langton Mukwereza February 2015 Download paper (722kb) View

Closing the gap: Youth employment and imagined futures in rural Africa
Closing the gap: Youth employment and imagined futures in rural Africa
April 17, 2015 / Our blog
To increase the work opportunities available to rural young people in Africa, government policy and development programmes tend to highlight two potential pathways:  Agriculture, and the most common line is that taken by Karen Brooks and her colleagues at the

13 April 2015: China and Brazil in African agriculture – news roundup
April 13, 2015 / Our blog
  Mysteries of the China-Africa Development Fund Deborah Brautigam blogs about the China-Africa Development (CAD) Fund, discussing the misconceptions that have surrounded it and some of its key features. She points out that it is not a sovereign wealth fund

ITOCA offers 132 sets of electronic papers for African institutions – apply by 30 June
April 13, 2015 / Our blog
Eligibility requirements: The institution is located in one of the following countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania or Uganda The Institution has an Agriculture or related fields department or specialises in Agriculture and related fields. The Institution does not

Soil management in Africa: ways forward
April 1, 2015 / Our blog
Figure 1 offers a very simple, rather crude matrix of contexts. One axis focuses on agro-ecological contexts (from low to high responsive soils and available soil moisture). The other axis focuses on socio-economic contexts (from conditions where returns to inputs