The African Food, Agriculture, and Land Use Change (AFGROLAND) project, will be carrying out house hold survey in Meru, Laikipia and Nyeri counties for a period of three weeks or more depending on the prevailing circumstances. The research aims to improve the understanding of how changes in the global agro food-energy system affect countries in Africa. It focuses on land use change and food security in context of large scale Agro business.
Training of research assistants for its 3rd and 4th work packages began on 16th January 2017, and they will start data collection work (fieldwork) immediately for the next few weeks. The project is structured in broad thematic areas of land use patterns, natural resources management, global agro-food-energy system changes, food security through production and employment, National and global governance and production models.
The specific objective of this research is to assess the perceived impacts of large agricultural investment models on smallholders’ land use and ecosystem service supply. The project is divided into five work packages which are running concurrently in Kenya, Mozambique and Madagascar. It commenced in March 2015 to March 2018 and is jointly financed by France, South Africa and Switzerland through the Belmont Forum and Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI)