Clouds over a field

New papers explore heated debates in agronomy for development

A special issue of Experimental Agriculture, ‘Doing Development-Oriented Agronomy: Rethinking Methods, Concepts and Direction’ brings together a selection of papers that not only present agronomic research findings, but critically review orientations, methodologies and research practices in agronomy. The special issue is edited by Jens Andersson and Ken Giller, who (along with STEPS members Jim Sumberg and John…

Change mural

How do ‘transformative spaces’ open up possibilities for action?

A paper by Fiona Marshall (SPRU), Jonathan Dolley (SPRU) and Ritu Priya (South Asia Sustainability Hub) explores how ‘transformative space making’ can contribute to systemic change that supports pro-poor transformations to sustainability. The authors describe transformative spaces as follows: “The metaphor of transformative spaces is used here not to suggest a bounded location in space…

typewriter and writing materials

Apply now: ‘Writeshop/workshop’ on Critical Agrarian Studies, Beijing, July 2019

Early career researchers from the Global South are invited to apply to be part of a summer ‘writeshop’/workshop in Beijing on critical agrarian studies and activism. The deadline for abstracts is 1 March 2019.

pastoralist with sheep in a mountainous landscape

How do pastoralists handle uncertainty? Insights from Asia, Europe and Africa

Pastoralists are experts in uncertainty. In a series of 3 blog posts, STEPS director Ian Scoones reports back from visits to the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Isiolo (Northern Kenya) and the Tibetan plateau. The visits were carried out under the PASTRES (Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience) project, which explores what can be learned from the ways…

Japan book launches: Ian Scoones on sustainable rural livelihoods and the SDGs

This week, as part of book launches of the Japanese edition of “Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development”, STEPS Centre director Ian Scoones will be giving two talks in Japan. The talks explore the linkages between livelihoods and agrarian political economy and the links between a politically-informed sustainable livelihoods approach and the SDGs. Buy the book…

Ubuntu plant

Ubuntu, collective seed: Bioleft project on the press

Two articles about Bioleft project and the first Bioleft seed, Ubuntu, were published last month on specialized n
n the press Bioleft project and

From common good to corporate ownership: The new strategy to modify the Seed Law

De bien común a propiedad corporativa: La nueva estrategia para modificar la Ley de Semillas By Maxi Goldschmidt Abstract This article reflects on the debate around the reform of Argentina’s Seed Law, and exposes the critical points of the project introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture and entities of the field. The current seed law, which…

Open Source Seeds

Semillas con código abierto By Juan Manuel Repetto Abstract Currently, the seed industry has a high level of concentration and only three business groups control more than half of the global seed trade. Therefore, a team of lawyers, sociologists, economists and geneticists, seek to democratize the production of food and develop alternatives in Argentina that…

Conference participants in conversation surrounded by onlookers

Multimedia story: #ERPI2018 – Authoritarian Populism & the Rural World

The event Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World, held in March in The Hague, generated a lively online discussion. We’ve compiled a multimedia story with selected tweets and images from the conference, as well as relevant links. You can also read a growing list of articles on the issues around the conference, including fresh pieces…

POLLEN logo

CfP: POLLEN18 – Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics

A call for panellists has been issued for a panel on ‘Political Ecologies, Authoritarian Populism and Emancipatory Politics’ at the POLLEN conference in Oslo, 20-22 June 2018. The panel is organised by Amber Huff, a STEPS member and resesarch fellow at the Institute of Development Studies. It is related to the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative launched…