IDST 221B lecture 20 - 3/11/10
Rural financial systems
The magic bullet to promote agrarian development in the 1950s and 1960s was land
We look at sets of institutions which are designed to facilitate agrarian credit provision
and savings networks
IDST 221B lecture 16 - 2/4/10
Global corporations and the agro-food complex
There is a linking of global corporations.
The corporate food regime demonstrates that these companies can use their
competitive advantage to shape the way the market operates and
IDST 221A lecture 22 - 3/25/10
Resistance: agrarian transnational peasant movements
Profit is about: what you sell, and that is your revenues. But then there is the cost
involved in producing it. So Profit is revenues minus costs. In many companies it is
IDST 221B lecture 24 - 4/1/10
Forging an alternative agrarian future
Environmental issues cannot be divorced from the social, political and economic
systems they are within.
There is tension between practitioners and advocates about how to change the food
IDST 221B lecture 13 - 1/14/10
Food globalization and the origins of the world food system
What is a food system?
- bio-ecological: the living processes used to produce food and its ecological
- economic and political: power and
IDST 221B lecture 19 - 3/4/10
New agricultural biotechnologies
The green revolution technologically transformed agriculture.
But the costs were high:
increased rural inequality and peasant class differentiation
globalization of the industrial grain-live
IDST 221B lecture 18 - 2/25/2010
The green revolution
The reason countries tried land reform in the 1950s and 1960s was to increase ag
productivity, surpluses and incomes.
By the late 60s it was clear that state-led reform had failed.
Malthus: People grow
IDST 221B lecture 15 - 1/28/2010
Trade treaties, the WTO and global food politics
The process of globalization is an outcome of a period of 20 years of structural
adjustment. It began in the early 1980s.
The developmental states were forced to seek out fi
IDST 221B lecture 14 - 1/21/10
The emergence of the corporate food regime
The settler-diasporic food regime lasted from 1870 to the eve of WW1.
This regime was disrupted by WW1.
During the 20s and 30s, the whole food system was very unstable, particula
IDST 221B lecture 12 - 12/10/09
The development of capitalism in agriculture, or the agrarian question
Rural producers have steadily been drawn into processes for commodification.
We have seen an expansion in which either peasant labour or products are be
IDST 221B lecture 23 - 4/1/10
Alternative agriculture: agroecology
In our current food culture, we make much of the distinction between
industrial food and organic food
But food dynamics are more complex under the corporate food regime