OSISA BROWN BAG: Changing Agro-Food Systems: The Impact of Big Agro-Investors on Food Rights

African food systems are undergoing deep transformations, evidenced by the commercialisation of natural resources and the growing corporatisation of farming inputs, and the production, processing and retailing of food. What have been the responses and experiences of rural and agrarian communities where there has been large-scale land-based and/or agri-business investment?

A Malawian woman husks corn with a group of women in her village on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi.
A Malawian woman husks corn with a group of women in her village on the outskirts of Lilongwe, Malawi.
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Team Leader: Economic and Social Justice Cluster

May 2nd, 2018

Please join the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, and the Africa Regional Office (AfRO) for a discussion with Professor Ruth Hall and Refiloe Joala from PLAAS, and Walter Chambati  from the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS).

Date:     Tuesday 8 May 2018
Time:    14h30 – 16h30
Venue: OSISA Boardroom, Ground Floor, President Place, 1 Hood Street, Rosebank

African food systems are undergoing deep transformations, evidenced by the commercialisation of natural resources and the growing corporatisation of farming inputs, and the production, processing and retailing of food. What have been the responses and experiences of rural and agrarian communities where there has been large-scale land-based and/or agri-business investment?

PLAAS & SMAIS have tried to look at the wider impact of these investments on food security, agrarian change trajectories, land-based livelihoods and the associated social relations. They draw links between smallholder farmers’ struggles over access and control of productive resources, including land and water, the right to food and agrarian reform. The increasing levels of investment are affecting different people in different ways. They have studied the wider impact of these investments on rural livelihoods, household food security and local food environments. As counties in Southern Africa try to increase the level of economic inclusion and resilience of those populations, increase investments in the agricultural sector and grapple with finding the right policy mix, this Conversation will include questions and topics related to the lived experience of smallholders in Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. What role do these constituency play in shaping public policy and the behavior of private capital? How are their livelihoods impacted? What is the net effect on the availability and affordability of quality food? How does this reflect on human dignity?

Speakers:

  • Professor Ruth Hall: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies
  • Refiloe Joala: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies
  • Walter Chambati:  the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS)
  • Masego Madzwamuse: Lead - Economic Justice cluster, at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, will moderate the discussion.

PLAAS is a leading research, policy engagement, teaching and training institute working on the dynamics of chronic poverty and structural inequality in Southern Africa, with a particular emphasis on the key role of restructuring and contesting land holding and agro-food systems in the subcontinent.

The Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) is an independent policy research institution committed to the development of agrarian systems that enhance equitable land rights and sustainable land uses throughout Africa.

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About the author(s)

Masego is the Team Leader for the Economic and Social Justice Cluster. Prior to joining OSISA she was a freelance consultant working in the area of environment and development. Before then she was a Programme Manager for the UNDP TerrAfrica initiative, which was aimed as mobilizing civil society engagement in processes aimed at up-scaling sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before working for UNDP Masego was a Country Programme Coordinator for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Botswana and later Regional Programmes Development Officer for the IUCN Regional Office of Southern Africa in Pretoria. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Environmental Science.

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