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How current processes of change in Africa’s agro-food systems shape new imaginaries of future agrarian trajectories, and how they re-configure power relations in Africa’s agrarian structures? The panel will engage these debates and discuss different proposed models of African rural futures.
The African population is rapidly growing comparing to other regions in the world. The demographic estimates suggest that about 70 per cent of African population are under the age of 30, making Africa the most youthful continent in the world. This unabated Africa’s population growth is happening in a context that is characterised by rapid processes of change in Africa’s agrarian systems: Expansion of wildlife conservation areas; booming mining activities and other forms of resource extraction; massive infrastructural developments; rapid agricultural commercialization; growth of large scale agriculture; increasing concentration and pressure on land; failure of intergenerational transfers including land; and the emergence of new urban agglomerations. This unique situation has stimulated unprecedented scholarly and policy debates about the nature and character of the potential future Africa’s structural transformation; and these debates have been further fuelled by the convergence of global crises in food, energy, finance, environment, and public health (Covid-19 pandemic) that have had serious implications for many economies on the continent. The panel will engage these debates and discuss the models that have been proposed for re-imagining possible Africa’s futures, particularly from the young African academics’ perspectives in different African contexts. It will explore and document the trends, processes, responses, policies, practices, and other articulated discourses, and the implications for growth of more diversified Africa’s rural economies.
Accepted papers:Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -
Tom Tom (University of South Africa)
Sithandiwe Yeni (University of the Western Cape)
Katlego Ramantsima (University of the Western Cape)
Refiloe Joala (University of the Western Cape)
Marie Goreth Hatungimana (BURUNDI DEVELOPPEMENT AGENCY)
Mahamat Abdoulaye Malloum (Université de Maroua)
Peter Dannenberg (University of Cologne) Gilbert Mbaka Nduru (Chuka University)
Alexander Follmann (LMU Munich)
Adwoa Yeboah Gyapong (University of Ghana) Fiorella Picchioni (Natural Resources Institute) Sara Stevano (SOAS University of London)
Enock Sakala (University of Zambia)
Dimuna Phiri (Independent Researcher, Australia)
Ernest Uwayezu (University of Rwanda)
Clement Chipenda (University of South Africa) Jimi Adesina (University of South Africa)