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  • Woman farming

    Enhancing governance of community-based natural resource management in Zambia

    Governance of community-managed protected areas in Zambia is on the decline. IIED, together with Zambia CBNRM Forum, will support stakeholders of six community-managed protected areas to improve their governance and share lessons across the eastern and southern Africa region

    3 February 2021 | Project | Biodiversity
  • Four young Ethiopian men standing in a field of cabbages

    Africa’s evolving food systems

    Most rural Africans now live and farm in liberalised markets, which most African and international policy forums assume to be the best basis for economic activities. But there is considerable debate about these developments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa

    20 November 2019 | Project | Food and agriculture
  • The Urban ARK website

    New Urban ARK website launched

    A new website profiles a research and capacity building programme focusing on urban disaster risk reduction in sub-Saharan Africa

    12 November 2015 | News | Urban
  • Community representatives gather together to record their knowledge about dryland resources as part of a participatory mapping process in Isiolo County, Kenya. (Photo: James Pattison/IIED)

    Strengthening civil society to support natural resource management

    A new report finds that civil society organisations in Africa struggle to get the support they need to play an effective role in natural resource management and conservation.

    29 July 2015 | Blog | Governance
  • Fishermen in Zanzibar, Tanzania (Photo: Yannick Beadoin)

    Painting Africa's economy blue

    The first official day of the decade for African Seas and Oceans provides a timely reason to think about how marine resources could better contribute to Africa's economy

    22 July 2015 | Blog | Fisheries
  • A forest near Ngon village, Ebolowa district, in Cameroon, which will host an event to bring together Chinese, African and international stakeholders to discuss trade and investment impacting Africa's forests (Photo: Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Creative Commons, via Flickr)

    China-Africa forest governance strengthened with Cameroon event

    An innovative multi-stakeholder event discussing Chinese trade and investment impacting Africa's forests will take place in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 22-25 June

    19 June 2015 | News | Forests
  • Chinese timber business in Mozambique (Photo: Mike Goldwater)

    China-Africa trade and investment: benefiting Africa's rural informal economy?

    Understanding Africa's informal economy – where people work with/for small-scale Chinese businesses – is critical for assessing China's impact and making policy for the rural poor

    31 March 2015 | Blog | Economics
  • Women selling bananas in a street market (Photo: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Creative Commons via Flickr)


    RurbanAfrica was all about collaboration. Linking rural and urban parts of sub-Saharan Africa and addressing the critical connections, this project championed progress and challenged some of the myths that hinder development

    30 March 2015 | Project | Poverty
  • Fatima Denton delivers the 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture at the British Library in London in November 2014 (Photo: Julius Honnor/IIED)

    2014 Barbara Ward Lecture: Fatima Denton calls for a "new paradigm" for African development

    Leading climate expert Fatima Denton called for a new narrative on Africa and climate change when she delivered the 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture

    1 December 2014 | Event | Climate change
  • Care workers in Guinea put on protective clothing (Photo: EC/ECHO)

    Ebola – what must we learn?

    The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is launching an unprecedented appeal in response to the Ebola crisis, but what lessons must we learn if we are to effectively and equitably tackle future shocks of this scale?

    30 October 2014 | Blog | Gender
  • Images such as this of a culvert constructed to allow villagers to cross the River Mahenya in Kenya, but which proves insufficient at times of extreme rainfall, are often used to tell the story of climate change in Africa. But Fatima Denton will challenge that narrative in her Barbara Ward Lecture (Photo: Robin Wyatt,

    Room for optimism on Africa, the "hopeful" continent

    Climate expert Fatima Denton from the Economic Commission for Africa will say it's time for more optimism on Africa and climate change at an IIED lecture to celebrate Barbara Ward's birthday

    21 October 2014 | Blog | Climate change
  • Farmers and administrators discuss land issues

    Securing land rights in West Africa

    Land is life for millions of people across rural Africa. It is central for ensuring they have enough food to eat. Even if they are involved in other trades, land is an essential safety net for the rural poor during times of economic instability and helps define cultures and identities

    9 October 2014 | Project | Land acquisitions and rights
  • The British Library will host the 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture, with guest speaker Dr Fatima Denton (Photo: Wikipedia Commons licence)

    2014 IIED lecture: Let's rewrite the narrative on Africa and climate change

    IIED is delighted to announce that the 2014 Barbara Ward Lecture will be delivered by renowned climate change specialist Dr. Fatima Denton

    7 October 2014 | News | Climate change
  • A new UNESCO publication will support African journalists to tackle climate change issues (Photo credit: Internews / Brice Rimbaud)

    Climate change in Africa: a guidebook for journalists

    IIED authors have contributed to a new UNESCO publication to support African journalists as they get to grips with what will be a defining feature of all of our lives, our changing climate.

    16 January 2014 | News | Climate change
  • The platform launch brought together high-level African and Chinese officials, policymakers, researchers and forestry experts (Photo: Simon Lim)

    Platform set for China-Africa forest governance action

    A new partnership builds bridges between African and Chinese stakeholders to strengthen governance of forests.

    9 December 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Tackling the trade law dimension of ‘land grabbing’

    As trade talks regain momentum, ‘land grab’ activists are scrutinising negotiations and pioneering new opportunities for public accountability.

    14 November 2013 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Two men sat behind a desk chat to one another, with the Forest Governance Learning Group logo in the background

    Forest Governance Learning Group

    The Forest Governance Learning Group aims to connect forest-dependent people who are marginalised from forest governance with those who control it

    7 September 2013 | Project | Forests
  • Launch event of the China-Africa Forest Governance Platform in March 2013. Photo: Simon Lim

    Just forest governance

    The way forests are governed is crucial for affecting how local people benefit from forests. IIED helps secure local communities’ commercial rights to forests by using a ‘learning group approach’, which emphasises sharing tools and tactics that have worked. At the same time, we also look at measures to reduce demand for agricultural and forest products that result in deforestation or degradation.

    7 September 2013 | Article | Forests
  • Biodiversity illustration

    A brief history of biodiversity at IIED

    IIED’s work on biodiversity dates back over 25 years – although it has not always been labelled as such.

    16 August 2013 | Article | Biodiversity
  • Timber in Ethiopia

    Report sets stage for China-Africa forest governance research

    IIED has published a report that identifies research that can shed light on the positive and negative effects of Chinese investment in African forests, and show how to improve governance of the timber trade.

    31 July 2013 | News | Forests
  • Book charts path from harmful land grabs to people-centred investment in Africa

    The time is ripe for a new approach to the large-scale land deals that ultimately connect millions of consumers and savers in rich nations with millions of poor rural farmers in Africa, says a new book by one of the world’s leading experts in such deals.

    15 July 2013 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • New paradigm for African agriculture sees sustainable intensification in a new light

    The new report from the Montpellier Panel – a panel of international experts led by Professor Sir Gordon Conway of Agriculture for Impact – provides innovative thinking and examples into the way in which the techniques of sustainable intensification are being used by smallholder farmers in Africa to address the continent’s food and nutrition crisis.

    18 April 2013 | News | Food and agriculture
  • A mango tree frames views of a forest in Mozambique in the distance.

    China in Africa’s forests

    With growing Chinese investment in Africa’s forests and timber, could stronger China-Africa dialogue help ensure good management of forests and the timber trade?

    20 March 2013 | Blog | Forests
  • A Rwandan farmer checks his coffee beans. A banana tree is visible behind him.

    Rwanda: test case on international commitment to financing climate change adaptation?

    Rwanda hopes climate change will provide an opportunity to secure additional climate finance. Will its new finance mechanism succeed?

    6 March 2013 | Blog | Climate change
  • Chinese dragon image

    Chinese media in Africa

    The ‘Chinese media dragon’ is raising its voice in Africa—and drawing criticism. So how much is cultural bias, and how much legitimate concern?

    11 December 2012 | Blog | Communication
  • People point to a computer screen.

    ELLA - sharing Evidence and Lessons from Latin America

    Read how ELLA’s online Learning Alliances are sharing Latin American experience with sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

    12 November 2012 | Blog | Policy and planning
  • A man carries buckets filled with water from a water tanker in Retiro, a shanty town in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Basic service provision shouldn’t just be a money maker

    Are utility companies forgetting that their core function is to provide services and not just make money?

    8 October 2012 | Blog | Urban
  • Chen showing Lila Buckley his innovative method for growing potatoes in straw nests.

    A Chinese farm in Africa

    Chen promotes new agricultural techniques in China, but he dreams of farming in Senegal because he wants to share his skills and do something meaningful.

    13 September 2012 | Blog | Food and agriculture
  • Communities adapting to climate change can learn from revolutionary conservation method

    A revolutionary approach to conservation and development pioneered in southern Africa provides vital lessons that can help communities worldwide adapt to climate change, according to a new report published by IIED today.

    3 May 2012 | News | Climate change
  • Invest in farmers, not in farmland

    "Land grabs" are now one of the biggest issues in Africa.

    22 February 2012 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Putting farmers first: Democratising and reshaping agricultural research in West Africa

    UK parliamentarians and civil servants will this week join African farmers, international donors and scientists in a policy dialogue that aims to reshape agricultural research to serve development goals and the public good.

    31 January 2012 | News | Food and agriculture
  • Young citizens: African youth step up to governance challenges

    All over the world citizens are starting to demand accountability from those in power. We are seeing exciting experiments in participatory governance. But are they working for young people? And what spaces are most promising for the participation of children and youth?

    13 December 2011 | News | Governance
  • Five-nation study sheds light on costs of adapting agriculture to climate change

    Research in Africa and Asia has shown that efforts to assess the costs of adapting agriculture to a changing climate often fail to reflect the diversity of the sector.

    25 November 2011 | News | Climate change
  • African governments signing away water rights for decades

    The water rights often feature in the growing number of large land deals that governments are signing with investors (see First detailed study of large land acquisitions in Africa warns of impacts on poor rural people) as many of these areas require irrigation to be viable.Such deals have already raised concerns for being rushed, secretive and one-sided. Many fail to deliver real benefits and can even create new social and environmental problems (see Report shows how secret land deals can fail to benefit African nations – and how to make them better).Now, researchers at IIED warn that governments risk signing away water rights in ways that harm the future prospects of their citizens, especially fishermen and pastoralists, who rely on the same water as the investors. Some investors in Mali and Sudan have been given unrestricted access to as much water as they need."Companies that acquire land for irrigated farming will want secure water rights, but long-term contractual commitments can jeopardise water access for local farmers," says co-author Lorenzo Cotula. "This affects not only the people who have customarily used the land that is being leased, but also distant downstream users who can be hundreds of kilometres away and even across an international border."

    24 November 2011 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Five ways to bring benefits from large dams to local communities

    A study into how large dams in West Africa have affected local people has identified ways to share the benefits of future dams more equitably and create development opportunities for communities.

    23 November 2011 | News | Natural resource management
  • 'Land grabbing' in the shadow of the law in Africa

    13 October 2011 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • ‘Land grabs’ in Africa: is there an alternative?

    Millions of people across the developing world depend on land for their livelihoods, culture and identity — a connection that now risks being undermined by large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    8 March 2011 | Blog | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Fairtrade and formalisation for small-scale miners

    The world's first Fairtrade and Fairmined gold is launched in the UK to help formalise the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector. But is formalisation the best way forward?

    18 February 2011 | Blog | Natural resource management
  • Open letter to Bill Gates on African land acquisitions

    IIED's director Dr Camillla Toulmin, responds to comments Bill Gates made about large-scale land acquisitions in a recent interview.

    11 February 2011 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • Report shows how secret land deals can fail to benefit African nations – and how to make them better

    African nations risk giving investors access to large areas of land in rushed, secretive and one-sided deals that fail to deliver real benefits or create new social and environmental problems, according to the first ever legal analysis of contracts which is published today (31 January) by the International Institute for Environment and Development.

    31 January 2011 | News | Land acquisitions and rights
  • A pinch of salt from Namaacha

    Strengthening local communities’ rights to and capacity for sustainable forest management is critical to making REDD work in developing countries.

    17 December 2010 | Blog | Forests
  • Biofuels: Africa focus

    IIED produced a series of reports addressing various potential threats and opportunities from biofuels expansion in Africa

    5 May 2010 | Project | Energy
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