African Farming Network

marakwet furrowWith the support of a British Academy International Partnerships and Mobility Award, Henrietta Moore and Professor Caleb Adebayo Folorunso (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) established a collaborative research network to share knowledge and enhance research capacity between the research in Marakwet and similar projects in South Africa and Nigeria. The award brought together a variety of disciplines (landscape archaeology, geo-archaeology, bioarchaeology, social anthropology, environmental science) to enhance historical and contemporary understandings of intensive agricultural practices in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.

A key goal of this network has been to move beyond simple ‘interdisciplinary’ conversations and instead unite researchers around core questions and ideas through practical field engagement. At the same time we aimed to knowledge and develop research capacity for Africa, within and across Africa. Instead of a dialogue between the global north and the global south, we see this as a pan-African dialogue facilitated by reciprocal knowledge sharing across the continent.

The network also included Dr Matthew Davies, a fellow collaborator in Marakwet, Dr Alex Schoeman (Bokoni/Mpumalanga, South Africa), Dr Frida XX from the National Museums of Kenya and archaeological science expertise from Professor Charly French.

The partnership ran from 2013 to 2015, with field workshops being held in Marakwet, Kenya (Dec 2013); Bokoni, South Africa (July 2014); Tiv, Nigeria (January 2015). The project culminated in a major conference held at University of Cambridge, UK (May 2015).

More information on the locations, projects and workshops can be found at the network’s dedicated website https://farminginafrica.wordpress.com/about/