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Title: Rethinking rural development, food and agriculture in Colombia
Author: Roa-Clavijo, Felipe
ISNI:       0000 0004 7960 0008
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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There has been a resurgence of interest in the Agrarian question in the developing world, especially in Latin America. Colombia's development trajectory cannot be fully understood without paying serious attention to the unresolved agrarian question. This thesis explores the negotiations that took place between the government and the agrarian movements in the aftermath of the 2013-2014 national strikes. For the first time in decades in Colombia, the national government agreed to negotiate with the representatives of the peasant, indigenous and African-Colombian peoples, the country's poorest and most marginalised communities. In this context, the thesis addresses the following questions: (1) what are the alternative narratives of food provision that emerged in the agrarian strikes and negotiations in Colombia in the period 2013-2016? (2) To what extent have new coalitions of agrarian movements emerged around alternative narratives of food provision? (3) How are alternative narratives interfacing with dominant ones, and what are the potential outcomes for agrarian policy? In studying the emergence of two national agrarian movements, the thesis argues that the debates on food provisioning - who produces what and who consumes what, where and with what effects - have become central, and that the different actors involved in them - agrarian movements, the state, and the food industry - have different and often competing visions. Conceptually the thesis goes on to argue that the agrarian question, beyond its conventional formulation, could be reframed as a question of food. In addition to being a contribution to scholarship on the Agrarian question in Colombia, the thesis addresses key issues for sustainable rural development, agri-food systems and the future of the peace-agreement implementation.
Supervisor: Rival, Laura Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Peasant studies ; Agrarian change ; Colombia