NAI library staff has compiled this web dossier in view of the lecture series The Current Afro-Optimism — a True Image? held in the spring of 2013.
The aim of the series is "to provide a deeper understanding of the obstacles, both historical and current, of African agriculture and the forces that influence and control the exploitation of African natural resources."
More about the lectures (pdf).
Literature in the library
Quick links to titles of interest in the library catalogue, AfricaLit:
- Find titles on land use
- Find titles on agricultural development
- Find titles on agricultur* and foreign investment
Other suggested keywords when searching the library catalogue:
agricultural investments, agricultural productivity, environmental degradation, food security, land acquisitions, land management, land use, poverty alleviation, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development
Previous web dossiers
A few of our previous web dossiers may be of relevance:
Prosper B. Matondi, Kjell Havnevik and Atakilte Beyene, »Introduction: biofuels, food security and land grabbing in Africa«. Introduction to the book Biofuels, land grabbing and food security in Africa, Zed Books, London, 2011. Introduction available in fulltext in the DiVA database.
Ton Dietz, Kjell Havnevik, Mayke Kaag and Terje Oestigaard, »African Engagements: on Whose Terms? Africa Negotiating an Emerging Multipolar World«. Introduction to the book African engagements: Africa negotiating an emerging multipolar world, Brill, Leiden, 2011. Introduction available in fulltext in the DiVA database.
Some of the articles on the Nordic Africa Development Policy Forum can be relevant in this context. Try for instance articles within these themes:
A selection of links to web sites dealing with agriculture and development. Find more resources through our link collection A Guide to Africa on the Internet.
African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN)
AFSUN was established in 2008 as a network of African and international universities, non-governmental and community organizations, and municipal governance networks. AFSUN aims to improve the knowledge base on urban food security in Africa. Free access to Urban Food Security Series papers. http://www.afsun.org/
A web portal on international agricultural trade issues in the context of ACP-EU relations that provides information and analysis on key topics for ACP including EPA, WTO, CAP reform, food safety as well as major commodities. http://agritrade.cta.int/
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
AGRA is a dynamic, African-led partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger. http://www.agra-alliance.org/
GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation, which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity based on people's control over genetic resources and local knowledge. http://www.grain.org/
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. http://www.fao.org/
Food security and food policy information portal for Africa
Information about specific countries and regions plus on-line tutorials to assist researchers. By MSU Agricultural Economics Department, with UN-ECA and the African Food Security/Policy Networks.
International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD)
A specialized agency of the United Nations; focuses on rural poverty and on country-specific solutions involving rural poor peoples' access to financial services, markets, technology, land and natural resources. http://www.ifad.org/
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
IIED is an international policy research institute and non governmental body working for more sustainable and equitable global development. http://www.iied.org/
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
A research institute in finding solutions for hunger, malnutrition, and poverty and works on African crops: Cowpea, Soybean, Banana/Plantain, Yam, Cassava and Maize. http://www.iita.org/
Noragric, the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas, Norway
Noragric's activities focus on research, education and assignments focusing in particular on developing countries and countries with economies in transition, incl. Africa. (In Norwegian/English) http://www.umb.no/
Selected online articles
These two Economist articles mirror the arguments and data given by the dominant discourse of the West for how Africa went from hopelessness to hope in a decade:
- "Hopeless Africa", The Economist, May 11th 2000.
- "Africa’s hopeful economies - The sun shines bright", The Economist, December 3rd 2011.