Regional Office


 for Africa (RAF)



Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa: an international conference, 18-20 March 2013, Pretoria, South Africa

What makes African governments invest in agriculture? This Future Agricultures conference brings together key figures from research, politics, donor organisations and civil society to ask:

  • What motivates African governments to invest in different kinds of agricultural development?
  • What influence do domestic politics, external donors and pan-African networks have?
  • How successful can civil society and social movements be in pushing for more pro-poor agricultural policy in Africa?

Organising committee: Colin Poulton (SOAS), Blessings Chinsinga (University of Malawi), Ian Scoones (Institute of Development Studies), Kassahun Berhanu (Addis Ababa University), Augustin Loada (Université de Ouagadougou) and Gaynor Paradza (PLAAS, University of Western Cape).

This conference is co-hosted by the Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS).