Recent changes in the global agro–food–energy system, driven in part by consumption trends and climate change mitigation efforts, have led to renewed interest in agriculture and a rush to acquire land among international investors. Examples of these changes include the push for use of biofuels or increasing global consumption of meat and other high-cost foods. The broader impacts of these changes are not always clear and many assessments focus mainly on short-term effects at the local (case study) level, without relating them to the wider agrarian and socio-economic transformations that are now underway.
Ours is an increasingly globalized world in which decisions made in the North can have far-reaching impacts on regions in the global South. Against this backdrop, the current project seeks to trace the connections between local case studies in Africa and our global food systems. Our project aims to generate policy recommendations at home and abroad with respect to agricultural production and investments, sustainable use of natural resources (soils, water, vegetation), and food security. The project receives funding from Switzerland (Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF), France, and South Africa.
Project duration: 1 March 2015 to 1 March 2018
The project is being carried out in close collaboration with the University of Pretoria, CIRAD, the International Land Coalition, NEPAD Business Foundation, and national partner organizations in the countries concerned.
For further information about the project please visit our project webpage.