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

English title Land Commercialisation, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food -- Prolongation
Applicant Prügl Elisabeth
Number 177591
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 01.02.2018 - 31.01.2021
Approved amount 1'394'060.00
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All Disciplines (5)

Discipline
Political science
Legal sciences
Sociology
Economics
Ethnology

Keywords (4)

land commercialisation; agrarian transformation; gender; right to food

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
Elisabeth Prügl
Lay summary
Droits et Égalité pour une Meilleure Économie de la Terre, DEMETER

Ce projet étudie l’impact de la commercialisation des terres sur la sécurité alimentaire en
utilisant l’approche du droit à l’alimentation et de l’égalité de genre. Il montre les
changements en matière d’accès aux ressources, notamment la terre, l’emploi et le revenu
en identifiant les groupes sociaux qui bénéficient ou perdent en termes d’accès à la
nourriture.

Les études de cas au Cambodge et au Ghana, nous permettent de comprendre comment les
populations s’adaptent aux transformations agraires, de quelles façons elles y répondent,
pour tenter de garantir leur subsistance. L’approche des droits humains et l’égalité de genre
nous semble un outil puissant pour mettre au jour des processus d’exclusion et de
discriminations. Revendiquer les droits humains internationalement reconnus, tels le droit à
l’alimentation et l’égalité de genre, est une démarche effective pour contester et transformer
des rapports de pouvoir privilégiant un petit nombre tout en excluant des catégories
vulnérables.

Le projet vise, d’une part, à développer les recherches académiques et, d’autre part, à
encourager les débats sur les relations entre sécurité alimentaire, rapports de genre et droit
à l’alimentation, avec l’objectif de renforcer 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.

En mobilisant des données quantitatives et qualitatives, les résultats de la recherche
montreront l’importance du droit à l’alimentation et de l’égalité de genre pour réaliser la
sécurité alimentaire, mais aussi les obstacles à la mise en oeuvre de ces principes. En
stimulant le dialogue politique et par la formation, 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
soutenir le travail de plaidoyer et favoriser 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: 06.12.2017

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
The poverty of neoliberalized feminism: gender equality in a ‘best practice’ large-scale land investment in Ghana
Lanz Kristina, Prügl Elisabeth, Gerber Jean-David (2019), The poverty of neoliberalized feminism: gender equality in a ‘best practice’ large-scale land investment in Ghana, in The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1-19.
Working wives: gender, labour and land commercialization in Ratanakiri, Cambodia
Joshi Saba (2019), Working wives: gender, labour and land commercialization in Ratanakiri, Cambodia, in Globalizations, 1-15.
Engendering the right to food? International human rights law, food security and the rural woman
Martignoni Joanna Bourke (2019), Engendering the right to food? International human rights law, food security and the rural woman, in Transnational Legal Theory, 9(3-4), 400-414.
Dépossession foncière, transition agraire et capacité d’adaptation: Devenir des populations autochtones de Ratanakiri (Cambodge)
GirondeChristophe, Torrico RamirezAndres (2019), Dépossession foncière, transition agraire et capacité d’adaptation: Devenir des populations autochtones de Ratanakiri (Cambodge), in Revue internationale des études du développement, 238(2), 291-322.
Agrarian transition, adaptation and contained conflict in Cambodia and Vietnam since the 1990s
GirondeChristophe (2018), Agrarian transition, adaptation and contained conflict in Cambodia and Vietnam since the 1990s, in Bahn Rachel, Woertz Eckart, Zurayk Rami (ed.), CABI Publishers, Oxford, 214-231.
Agriculture, Diversification, and Gender in Rural Africa
Dzanku Fred, Djurfeldt Agnes, Isinika Aida (ed.) (2018), Agriculture, Diversification, and Gender in Rural Africa, OUP, Oxford.
L’intégration renforcée des espaces ruraux, in L’Asie du Sud-Est
GirondeChristophe, L’intégration renforcée des espaces ruraux, in L’Asie du Sud-Est, in Pierdet Céline, Sarraute Eric (ed.), Ellipses, Paris.
Regulation of Informal Enterprise and Employment in Ghana: A review of Policies, Laws and Practices with Special reference to domestic trading and Contract Farming
TsikataDzodzi, EwehPromise, Regulation of Informal Enterprise and Employment in Ghana: A review of Policies, Laws and Practices with Special reference to domestic trading and Contract Farming, in IDEAS (ed.), IDEAS, Oxford.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics Campuchea (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
FIAN International Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
ICGS Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Cornell University United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
Women in development Switzerland Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
Mekong Region Land Governance Campuchea (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Stockholm Environment Institute Thailand (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
UN Working Group on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
FAO Regional Office Bangkok Thailand (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Ethiopian Academy of Sciences Ethiopia (Africa)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Center for the Study of Humanitarian Law (CSHL) of the Royal University of Law and Economics Campuchea (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Seeds of change: gender in agricultural development conference Talk given at a conference Social Security in the Extractive State: Gender, Land Inheritance and Agrarian Change in Cambodia 04.05.2019 Canberra, Australia Bourke-Martignoni Joanna;
Conférence Individual talk Transition et crise agraire, sur les hautes terres du Cambodge, 28.03.2019 Université Laval, Québec, Canada Gironde Christophe;
Colonisation agricole, adaptation et conflits sur les hautes terres du Cambodge, Individual talk Colonisation agricole, adaptation et conflits sur les hautes terres du Cambodge, 21.03.2019 University of Ottawa, Canada Gironde Christophe;
5th International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict in Southeast Asia (15-17 October 2018) Talk given at a conference Challenges to the implementation of laws and policies on gender equality and right to food in Cambodia 17.10.2018 Manila , Philippines Seng Suon;
Lecture at the Center for International Environmental Studies (Iheid) Talk given at a conference Land grabs and livelihood sustainability in Cambodia. 11.10.2018 Geneva, Switzerland Gironde Christophe;
Geneva Gender Seminar Dzifa Torvikey Individual talk 'Is cassava our new cocoa? Interrogating changing gendered production relations in South Eastern Ghana' 29.05.2018 Gender Centre, Graduate Institute , Switzerland Tsikata Dzodzi;
Transformations and visions: Responses, alternatives and resistances to large-scale land deals in the Global South Talk given at a conference Losing land, losing ground? Dispossession and Resilience in Northeastern Cambodia 24.05.2018 Max Planck Institute, Germany Gironde Christophe;
Transnational Legal Theory Symposium 2018: Transnational Food Security Talk given at a conference Engendering the right to food? Food security and the rural woman in international law 19.02.2018 Kings College, London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Bourke-Martignoni Joanna;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Public Lecture on “How laws and policies contribute to the conflict prevention in resource governance?” 18.01.2019 Phnom Penh, Campuchea

Knowledge transfer events

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Dzodzi Tsikata and Promise Eweh, Regulation of informal employment in Ghana: A review of policies, l International 2019
Print (books, brochures, leaflets) Essen Macht Arbeit German-speaking Switzerland International 2019
Talks/events/exhibitions Dzodzi Tsikata “Can Agriculture under Neoliberalism Deliver Decent Livelihoods?' International 2018
Talks/events/exhibitions Dzodzi Tsikata “On the Land and Labour Questions of Agrarian Transformation in Africa Dzodzi Tsikata International 2018

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
152034 Land Commercialisation, Gendered Agrarian Transformation, and the Right to Food 01.02.2015 r4d (Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development)

Abstract

In the second phase of this project we continue 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 the 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 highlights 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 strengthens awareness of the relevance of gender-equality and the right to food among stakeholders at local, national, and international levels, and animates them to weigh our findings in advocating for or adopting rights-based and gendered equitable food security policies.
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