IDST 221A lecture 10 - 11/26/09
Interrogating the peasant household
The household is a problematic concept in development. This is often due to the
division of labour.
In hunter-gatherer societies, women were responsible for production and reproduction.
IDST 221A lecture 3 - 10/1/09
The global subsistence crisis
- The food prices have been dramatically rising since 2007.
- As a result, the world is in the midst of the first global food crisis of the 21st century,
the first such food crisis in 30 years. W
IDST 221A lecture 6 - 10/22/09
Food and development: some principles
What is development?
Orthodox (neoclassical/neoliberal) definition: increases in income from growth leads to
improvements in welfare.
Human/social development perspective: growth can b
IDST 221A lecture 1 - 9/17/09
Intro: food, political economy and agrarian change
Recent events have reinforced the salience of this course. Consider H1N1.
- H1N1 has been around for 90 years, probably originated in pigs in Asia: the intensive
IDST 221A lecture 4 - 10/8/09
A right to food?
We will be discussing rights based approach to development.
There is a fundamental difference between food consumption in the global north and in
the global south.
Engels law is a statistical irregularity: th
IDST 221A lecture 5 - 10/15/09
Food Culture and its contradictions
- The acceptability of a drink or food is a reflection of the attitudes of the society of
which you live.
- Coffee has a symbolic value: part of day-to-day customs, sets up social interact
IDST 221A lecture 8: 11/12/09
Rural livelihoods in the Global North
- Commercial family farming most familiar in North
- Began in late 19th century
- Peasants in Europe
- Indigenous peoples around the world
- Plantation farms relying exclusive
IDST 221A lecture 2 - 9/24/09
Global food security versus global food sovereignty
- There are 1 billion people in the developing world who are chronically hungry.
- This underestimates global food insecurity, as it only encompasses developing
IDST 221A lecture 7 - 11/5/09
The emergence of forms of farming and agriculture
What is a food system?
It links 3 different aspects of life:
the living processes used to produce food and its ecological sustainability
economic and politic
IDST 221A lecture 11- 12/1/09
Sustainable rural livelihoods?
The work on livelihoods is primarily associated with Frank Ellis: a livelihoods is based
on the assets/endowments that a household has.
5 types of assets in a household
- natural assets: land
IDST 221A lecture 9 - 11/19/09
International Food Policy Research Institute: new book Millions Fed
Four forms of historical agriculture:
- swidden agriculture
- agriculture farming
Three types of agricul
IDST 221 exam study notes
Long essay from 2nd term
Short answers from 1st term
M/C half and half
Lecture 1 (13)
What are the 3 aspects of a food system?
bio-ecological: the living processes used to produce food and its ecological