Relational Pathways

Date: October 2016 – April 2019

Pathways into and out of poverty are complex. In the 21st century, global poverty is compounded by climate change, conflict and inequality, as well as social exclusion by gender, race, and class.

This project aims to understand the pathways in and out of poverty for farmers in Kenya and India, and explore their collective capacity to bring about transformative change. Arguably, farmer-led transformations on the farm and the market were critical in the Asian ‘Green Revolutions’, from the 1960s onwards. Although ‘Green Revolution’ approaches have been tried elsewhere, they have not always succeeded.

The research will develop concepts and methods for an innovative ‘relational agency pathways approach’, drawing on Science, Technology and Society studies and the STEPS pathways approach.

Project leaflet (PDF)


Blog Posts

Uncovering Transgressive Solidarities
Divya Sharma, 27 June 2018

Contextualising life histories in Tamil Nadu
Divya Sharma and V. Gajendran, 1 June 2018

What role does rural people’s agency play in finding pathways out of poverty?
Saurabh Arora, Divya Sharma, M. Vijaybaskar, Ajit Menon and Joanes Atela
24 April 2018


Locations and methods

The project team will use mixed methods (ethnographic life histories, archival data and Multi-Criteria Mapping (MCM) to trace and assess relational pathways into and out of poverty constituted by changing technologies, natural resources and social worlds, as experienced by people of different genders and castes, in Tamil Nadu, India.

The approach will be tested and further developed in the field in Machakos County in Kenya, where several attempts have been made to get a Green Revolution off the ground, but none are considered successful.


Funding

The project is funded by the ESRC-DFID Joint Poverty Alleviation Scheme.

Project team

Contact: S.Arora@sussex.ac.uk


Image: Goat herding in Tansi Nagar / McKay Savage, Flickr (cc by 2.0)

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