Investing in agriculture
The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) and Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) are inviting journalists and media specialists to enter a competition for reporting on the politics and processes that influence agricultural investment in Africa. This media competition is designed to encourage journalists and media specialists to explore some of the factors that determine agricultural investment patterns in Africa.
The competition themes are as follows:
- Investing in agriculture: Only a few countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Malawi) have met the Maputo declaration commitment to invest 10% gross domestic product (GDP) in agriculture. With agriculture the backbone of the African economy, why is it that African governments do not invest more in agriculture for the benefit of their economies?
- Influencing policy: The role of civil society: How can a civil society organisations have an influence on agricultural policy making?
- BRICS investment in Africa: How are investments from China and Brazil and other ‘rising powers’ having an impact on African agriculture? And what impact will they have in the future?
The best print and best audio journalistic piece will be selected using established criteria. The top two finalists will be announced on March 1 2013 by email or phone. These two finalists will be fully supported (flights, visa, and accommodation) to attend the international conference on “Political Economy of Agricultural Policy in Africa” in South Africa, hosted by Future Agricultures and the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS). Winners will each be presented with a certificate of recognition during the conference. The top 10 selected pieces will be published and promoted regionally, internationally, and on the FAC website.
Click here for more information about the competition.
The competition is open to journalists and media specialists. Each candidate should submit only one print (in Word doc or docx format) with maximum of 1,200 words or an audio piece (in mp3 format) not exceeding 5 minutes from any African country. Any accompanying photos for print articles should be sent as jpegs. The title and the name of the author should be clearly written on the cover page to the piece, or details included in email with audio piece. All applications should submit a short biographical note including name and full contact details: email address, telephone number(s), postal address, town, country, and a scanned photocopy of the applicant’s passport.
African agriculture is currently at a crossroads, at which persistent food shortages are compounded by threats from climate change. But, as this book argues, Africa faces three major opportunities that can transform its agriculture into a force for economic growth: advances in science and technology; the creation of regional markets; and the emergence of a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent’s economic improvement.
Soil and water management practices that sustain and enhance the productivity of arable soils are a must for Africa. They are a vital part of the long-term solution to food insecurity and poverty. Conservation agriculture aims to overcome these problems.
- The Industrialisation of Africa’s Smallholder Agriculture(ipsnews.net)
- Africa: the open road to food sustainability(dailymaverick.co.za)