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Land Commercialisation, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food

English title Land Commercialisation, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food
Applicant Prügl Elisabeth
Number 152034
Funding scheme r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)
Research institution Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement
Institution of higher education Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - IHEID
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.02.2015 - 31.01.2018
Approved amount 1'738'504.00
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All Disciplines (5)

Discipline
Political science
Ethnology
Economics
Sociology
Legal sciences

Keywords (4)

land commercialisation; agrarian transformation; right to food; gender

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Ce projet utilise l’approche du droit à l’alimentation et de l’égalité de genre pour étudier les conséquences de la commercialisation des terres sur la sécurité alimentaire. Il a pour objectif de montrer comment, dans des contextes de vulnérabilité, ces processus de commercialisation transforment l’accès aux ressources, notamment la terre, l’emploi et le revenu, et analyse qui en sont les gagnant-es et les perdant-es.
Lay summary

Avec pour études de cas le Cambodge et le Ghana, nous allons plus particulièrement chercher à comprendre comment les populations s’adaptent aux transformations agraires, de quelles façons elles y répondent, pour tenter de garantir leur subsistance. Nous partons de l’hypothèse que les droits humains et l’égalité de genre sont des outils puissants de lutte contre l’exclusion et les discriminations mais également de contestation des rapports de pouvoir, nous cherchons à identifier les conditions nécessaires à la mise en œuvre du droit à l’alimentation et de l’égalité de genre.

Le projet vise principalement à nourrir la connaissance, la conscience et les débats sur les relations entre sécurité alimentaire, rapports de genre et droit à l’alimentation, avec l’objectif de favoriser l’empowerment des femmes et des hommes pour leur permettre de faire valoir leurs droits, en cherchant également à inciter les gouvernements à créer les conditions favorables au respect de ces droits.

Les résultats de la recherche montreront l’importance du droit à l’alimentation et de l’égalité de genre pour la sécurité alimentaire, mais aussi les obstacles à la mise en œuvre de ces principes. Par la formation et en stimulant le dialogue politique, le projet va renforcer la prise de conscience de l’importance de l’égalité de genre et du droit à l’alimentation chez les personnes concernées et les décideurs aux niveaux local, national et international. Le projet  encouragera les interactions avec les acteurs du développement et les pouvoirs publics pour que les résultats de la recherche nourrissent le travail de plaidoyer ou favorisent l’adoption de politiques de sécurité alimentaire qui soient basées sur les droits et équitables du point de vue du genre.

 

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 13.11.2014

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Identifying and Monitoring Human Rights Violations Associated with Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: A Focus on United Nations Mechanisms and South-East Asia
Golay Christophe (2015), Identifying and Monitoring Human Rights Violations Associated with Large-Scale Land Acquisitions: A Focus on United Nations Mechanisms and South-East Asia, in International Development Policy Series, 6, 231-248.
Large Scale Land Acquisitions, Livelihood and Human Rights in South-East Asia
Gironde Christophe, Golay Christophe (2015), Large Scale Land Acquisitions, Livelihood and Human Rights in South-East Asia, in International Development Policy Series, 6, 275-291.
Large-Scale Land Acquisitions. Focus on South-East Asia
Golay Christophe (ed.) (2015), Large-Scale Land Acquisitions. Focus on South-East Asia, International Development Series, Graduate Institute.
Negotiation of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas
Golay Christophe (2015), Negotiation of a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Geneva.
Principle 5: Poverty Eradication
Golay Christophe, Tahmina Karimova (2015), Principle 5: Poverty Eradication, in Jorge E. Viñuale (ed.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 181-206.
‘In the forest we had plenty’. Gender, food culture and diet change in rural Cambodia. (Kampong Thom Province, 2000-2015)
Reysoo Fenneke, Suon Siny, ‘In the forest we had plenty’. Gender, food culture and diet change in rural Cambodia. (Kampong Thom Province, 2000-2015), in Bock Bettina (ed.), Hilversum, Amsterdam .

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Faculty of Law and Public Affairs, Pannasastra University of Cambodia Campuchea (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Chiang Mai University Thailand (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Project: HORTINLEA – Diversifying Food Systems. Horticultural Innovat Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Cornell University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Provincial Department of Agriculture, Rattanakiri, Kampong Thom and Kratie Campuchea (Asia)
- Exchange of personnel
Interdisciplinary Centre for Gender Studies, University of Bern Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
GIS Asie - 6th FNASIC (French Network of Asian Studies International Conference) Talk given at a conference Domestic Violence, Economic Land Concessions and Food Security in rural Cambodia. 26.06.2017 Paris, Sciences Po , France Reysoo Fenneke;
GIS Asie - 6th FNASIC (French Network of Asian Studies International Conference) Talk given at a conference Violence against women in Asia.Analyzing intersected oppressions and questioning prevention policies 26.06.2017 Science Po Paris, France Reysoo Fenneke; Bourke-Martignoni Joanna; Direnberger Lucia;
GIS Asie - 6th FNASIC (French Network of Asian Studies International Conference) Talk given at a conference Domestic violence in Cambodia: Localising international and national frameworks, and another presentation on Gender equality and land commercialization in rural Cambodia 26.06.2017 Paris, Sciences Po, France Bourke-Martignoni Joanna;
6e Congrès Asie Talk given at a conference Title of Panel: Land development policies and politics in Southeast Asian uplands: challenges for local implementation 26.05.2017 Science Po, Paris, France Gironde Christophe;
Colloque Agricultures, ruralités et développement Talk given at a conference Dépossédés, résilients, condamnés ? Accaparements des terres et devenir des paysans du Nord-Est du Cambodge 23.05.2017 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institut de Sociologie, Belgium Gironde Christophe;
ILO-OxHRH Conference: A Better Future for Women At Work: Legal and Policy Strategies Individual talk DO INTERVENTIONS TO SUPPORT RURAL WOMEN PRODUCERS PROMOTE GENDER EQUITY? REFLECTIONS ON RECENT MEASURES IN THE CONTEXT OF AGRICULTURAL COMMERCIALISATION. 18.05.2017 Pembroke College, Oxford University, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tsikata Dzodzi;
Agrarian Change Seminar Series Individual talk Losing Land, Losing Ground? Beyond the Land Rush in Northeaster Cambodia 25.02.2017 School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Great Britain and Northern Ireland Gironde Christophe;
Annual Meetings of the Swiss Political Science Association Talk given at a conference Frontiers of Neoliberal Globalization: Gender in Agriculture and Food Security 11.01.2017 St Gallen, Switzerland Prügl Elisabeth;
24th World Congress of Political Science, Poznan Talk given at a conference The Third World Woman in Neoliberal Cloth: Examining Gender Expertise in Agriculture and Food Security 23.07.2016 Poznan, Poland Prügl Elisabeth;
24th International Political Science Association World Congress Talk given at a conference Large-scale land acquisitions and gendered outcomes in Cambodia 23.07.2016 Poznan, Poland Prügl Elisabeth; Joshi Saba;
La cohérence des politiques publiques au service du droit à l'alimentation Individual talk La cohérence des politiques publiques au service du droit à l'alimentation 04.06.2016 Université de Genève, Switzerland Golay Christophe;
Cambodian Farmers in the Turmoil of​ Large-Scale Land Acquisitions Individual talk Cambodian Farmers in the Turmoil of​ Large-Scale Land Acquisitions 03.05.2016 University of Zurich, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Accaparement des terres au Cambodge Individual talk Accaparement des terres au Cambodge 25.04.2016 University of Geneva, Department of Geography, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Lecture Individual talk Accaparement des terres au Cambodge 20.04.2016 Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
ISS Conference Global governance/politics, climate justice & agrarian/social justice: linkages and challenges Talk given at a conference Human rights impact of large-scale land acquisitions 04.02.2016 The Hague, Netherlands Golay Christophe;
Training on the Rights of Peasants Individual talk Training on the Rights of Peasants 11.11.2015 Universiy of Geneva, Switzerland Golay Christophe;
Course Individual talk Cambodian Farmers in the Turmoil of​ Large-Scale Land Acquisitions 25.09.2015 ISTOM-Ecole Supérieure d'Agro-développement International, Cergy, France Gironde Christophe;
Course for Master in Development Policies and Practices Individual talk Land Grabbing in Cambodia 20.08.2015 Hà Nôi, Asian Institute of Technology Center in Vietnam, Campuchea Gironde Christophe;
International academic conference : Land grabbing, conflict and agrarian‐environmental transformations: perspectives from East and Southeast Asia Talk given at a conference Land Acquisitions in Northeastern Cambodia: Space and Time matter 05.06.2015 Chiang Mai University, Thailand Gironde Christophe;
Large-scale investment in agricultural land in Cambodia​ Individual talk Large-scale investment in agricultural land in Cambodia​ 07.05.2015 Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institute of Sociology , Belgium Gironde Christophe;
Lecture for Atelier Sud Individual talk Land Grabbing in Cambodia 05.03.2015 University of Geneva, Department of Geography, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Derechos del Campesinado. Seminario internacional Retos y propuestas para una Declaracion Universal Talk 12.06.2017 Bilbao, University of Deusto, Spain Bourke-Martignoni Joanna;
Rights-based approaches to development Workshop 17.05.2017 Bern, Switzerland Bourke-Martignoni Joanna;
Launching a joint-study between NGO Forum on Cambodia and CENTDOR Team Talk 31.03.2017 NGO Forum on Cambodia , Campuchea Seng Suon;
2017 World Social Work Day at the UN in Geneva « Social Work and sustainable development » Talk 22.03.2017 United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Journées de formation continue, professeurs de l’enseignement secondaire Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 01.02.2017 Département de l'instruction publique, de la culture et du sport, Service de la Formation Continue, , Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Soirée thématique pour étudiants DUBS du Collège pour adultes (pré-universitaires) et pour adultes en formation professionnelle (cours de Culture Générale) Workshop 15.12.2016 Geneva, Département de l'instruction publique, de la culture et du sport Direction générale de l'ens, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
10th December Academy (organized by Raoul Wallenberg Institute) Talk 12.12.2016 Sihanoukville, Campuchea Joshi Saba;
La defense, Aveugles, impuissants, condamnes? Les paysans cambodgiens dans la tourmente des accaparements de terre Talk 02.12.2016 Departement de geographie - Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre , France Gironde Christophe;
Diagnostic Agraire - Vietnam et Cambodge Talk 14.10.2016 ISTOM - Ecole d'Ingenieur Agro-Developpement International, France Gironde Christophe;
Training Course on International Relations and Human Security Workshop 25.05.2016 Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Training Course on International Relations and Human Security for Participants from Myanmar, Large-scale investment in agricultural land in Cambodia: opportunities and challenges Talk 25.05.2016 Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Gender Equality, Right to Food and Land Commercialization Talk 23.05.2016 Intergovernmental Expert Meeting on Trade as a Tool for the Economic Empowerment of Women, UNCTAD, Switzerland Reysoo Fenneke;
Land Grabbing in Cambodia Talk 20.05.2016 EPFL, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Atelier developpement territorial des Suds: Rubber in a Rice Bowl (Cambodia) Performances, exhibitions (e.g. for education institutions) 03.05.2016 Universite de Geneve - Departement de Geographie, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Transition agraire et accaparements des terres au Cambodge (Cours: Geographie de la mondialisation) Talk 18.04.2016 Universite de Geneve, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Stakeholder engagement on the strategy to support small landholders Workshop 20.10.2015 NGO Forum on Cambodia, Campuchea Seng Suon;
Peut-on éradiquer la faim d'ici 2030? Le droit à alimentation et les objectifs du développement durable Talk 07.10.2015 Geneva, Switzerland Prügl Elisabeth; Golay Christophe;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Capacity Building for Judiciary and selected NGOs and media 05.06.2017 Accra, Ghana
Dissemination of preliminary findings 03.11.2016 Accra, Ghana
Dissemination of preliminary findings 02.11.2016 Kwaebibrem District, Ghana
Dissemination of preliminary findings 02.11.2016 Kwaebibrem District, Ghana

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Gender equality and the right to food in contexts of agricultural commercialization International 2017
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Gender Equality and the Right to Food in Contexts of Agricultural Commercialization International 2017
Talks/events/exhibitions Workshop on rights-based approaches to development with 10 leading Swiss development NGOs (coordinat Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland International 2017
Media relations: print media, online media Advancing the right to gender equality and food in Cambodia, Graduate Institute Newsletter, 2015 Graduate Institute Newsletter Western Switzerland International 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Demeter, Gender, Land and the Right to Food International 2015

Awards

Title Year

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
177591 Land Commercialisation, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food-- Prolongation 01.02.2018 r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)

Abstract

In this research we propose to examine changes in food security in the wake of land commercialisation from a right to food and gender equality perspective. We seek to document changes in vulnerability contexts and in access to land, jobs, income, and other resources, and explore who benefits and who loses as a result of different types of transformation. We are particularly interested in understanding how people adapt to agrarian transformation, how they resist and negotiate change, and what strategies they use to secure their livelihoods. Noting that human rights and gender equality have been described as powerful tools to fight exclusion and discrimination and to challenge unequal power relations, we seek to identify the conditions that need to be in place in order to ensure the realization of the right to food and gender equality.The overarching goal of this project is to strengthen knowledge, awareness, and debate about the relationship between food security, the right to food and gender equality with an eye towards empowering women and men to claim their rights and encouraging governments to create the conditions to facilitate their realisation. Our research will provide evidence highlighting the importance of the right to food and gender equality for ensuring food security and the challenge to implementing these principles. Through training and policy dialogue, the project will strengthen awareness of the relevance of gender-equality and the right to food among stakeholders at local, national, and international levels, and will animate them to weigh our findings in advocating for or adopting rights-based and gendered equitable food security policies.
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