Peasants, Smallholders and Post-Global Food Crisis Agriculture Investment Programs
Matias E. Margulis is Lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Stirling. A former Canadian delegate to the WTO, OECD and United Nations agencies, his research focuses on global governance, international trade and human rights. Recent publications include “Forum-Shopping for Global Food Security Governance ? Canada’s approach at the G8 and UN Committee for World Food Security” (Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 2015), “Trading Out of the Global Food Crisis ? The WTO and the Geopolitics of Agro-Power” (Geopolitics, 2014) and Land Grabbing and Global Governance (Routledge 2014, edited with Nora McKeon and Saturnino Borras, Jr.).
Priscilla Claeys is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Collège d’Études Mondiales, attached to the Chair of Prof. Dominique Méda on the Ecological Transition. Priscilla worked as an Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food from 2008 to 2014 and received her PhD from the University of Louvain (UCL). She is the author of two books : Human Rights and the Food Sovereignty Movement. Reclaiming Control published by Earthscan Routledge in 2015, and Rethinking Food Systems. Structural Challenges, New Strategies, and the Law coedited with Nadia Lambek and published by Springer in 2014.
The ideas contained in this paper were first discussed at the 55th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in Toronto, Canada, on 26-29 March 2013, in a communication entitled “Constructing Peasants As Global Subjects from the Top-Down”. The authors are grateful for the comments they received on that occasion.
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013 - MSCA-COFUND) under grant agreement n°245743 - Post-doctoral programme Braudel-IFER-FMSH, in collaboration with the Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH).