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Food Sovereignty Discourses, Land and Labour in Southern Africa, 30 April

Speaker: Admos Chimhowu
Date: Wednesday 30th April 2014
Time: 14:00-16:30pm (NOTE NEW TIME)
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

Topic: Critiques of 'food security' discourses and practices have begun to coalesce around the concept of 'food sovereignty'. Coined by la via Campesina in 1996, Food Sovereignty is viewed not only as a counter-narrative to the 'corporate food regime' but has emerged as a set of actions to curb excesses of agribusiness dominated industrial agriculture. In intellectual debates it has begun to offer an alternative way of framing food production around smallholder producers. The emergence of this discourse has paradigmatic significance and its implications for land and labour are enormous in Southern Africa.

Speaker: Admos Chimhowu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester's Institute for Development Policy and Management and an Associate Director at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, leading on Zimbabwe. His research has focused on understanding processes of agrarian change and social transformations in Africa, seeking policy-relevant knowledge on how changing agrarian structures transform and influence the way rural communities relate to natural resources (particularly land) and, how this relationship in turn shapes the way they make a living. Links between the rural and urban space economies also allows Chimhowu's research to consider how changes in agrarian structures affect the flows of commodities between the two space economies. He has mainly worked in Southern Africa but also engages in comparative work in South Asia.

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