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African Food, Agriculture, Land and Natural Resource Dynamics, in the context of global agro-food-energy system changes

Welcome to the website of the AFGROLAND project. The project aims to improve our understanding of how changes in the global agro–food–energy system affect countries in the global South, especially in Africa. The project will investigate the economic, social and environmental impacts of changes in land use patterns driven by global development trends through case studies in Kenya, Madagascar and Mozambique.
AFGROLAND is a project financed jointly by France, South Africa and Switzerland through the Belmont Forum and Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)
This website is designed to inform project partners and stakeholders on the project and its progress and its intermediate and final products.
The project was launched on 1 March 2015 and will last until 31 September 2018 
A large-scale irrigation system in Kenya. Photo: Nora Lanari

News and events

>> A new paper has been published in the the peer-reviewed, open access journal Journal of Environmental Management entitled “How do large-scale agricultural investments affect land use and the environment on the western slopes of Mount Kenya? Empirical evidence based on small-scale farmers' perceptions and remote sensing.” by Julie Zaehringer, Grace Wambugu, Boniface Kiteme and Sandra Eckert.  

>> A synthesis workshop took place in Pretoria in January 2018 with the participation of all work packages and researchers involved. Researchers presented and discussed all emerging results. The activities for the rest of the project were further detailed and the expected results and deadlines were agreed.

>> A first result of our project  has been published in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Remote Sensing:Agricultural Expansion and Intensification in the Foothills of Mount Kenya: A Landscape Perspective” by Sandra Eckert, Boniface Kiteme, Evanson Njuguna, and Julie Gwendolin Zaehringer. Download the paper


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Markus Giger
Centre for Development and Environment
University of Bern
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CH-3012 Bern

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