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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Women's History Yearbook 2016
Editor , Bock Bettina
Publisher Hilversum, Amsterdam
Title of proceedings Women's History Yearbook 2016


In a period of less than twenty-five years (1990-2015), upland Cambodian agrarian systems have undergone profound transformations. From a livelihood dependent on the evergreen forests, local farmers had to adapt to make a living from wage work on the newly introduced commercial farms and large-scale economic land concessions. Land commercialization was part of the Cambodian Government’s policy to intensify agricultural production and to attract domestic and international investors. There is a dearth of studies on how this national economic development agenda affected local food cultures and daily diet. Inspired by the legal frames of the right to food and gender equality and based on qualitative interdisciplinary research, this article addresses the question of how large-scale and rapid land commercialization has changed the ways in which women and men, children and elderly persons access, prepare and consume food.