Peasants, Food and Agrarian Change
with Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi
More than 3.4 billion people live in the countryside of developing countries. The vast majority of these women and men rely, to a lesser or great extent, on small-scale farming as the basis of their livelihood. By some counts 70 per cent of the world's food is grown by small-scale peasant farmers – but at the same time some 70 per cent of the world's poor live in the world's rural areas. So the world's food is grown by the world's poorest people. If global citizens want to address human inequality we have to start by understanding how the world's largely ignored peasant farmers have become the epicenter of global poverty. After all, if we want the world to become a better place a good place to start would be among the lives of the world's forgotten peoples that provide the bulk of humanity with their food.

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Episode 3 – Peasant households   Part 4 – Bargaining

The different use of time by women and men in households is the result of implicit and explicit negotiations between them that is called ‘bargaining’.

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Episode 4 – The ‘agrarian question’   Part 2 – The differentiation of the peasantry

Peasant surplus production of some alongside deficit accumulation of many results in the emergence of distinct groups of peasants with different objectives and behaviours.

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Episode 4 – The ‘agrarian question’   Part 3 – Problematics and puzzles

The distinctions between groups of peasants can be understood by focusing upon three areas of empirical investigation and analysis.

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Episode 5 – Sustainable rural livelihoods  Part 1 – Pathways out of rural poverty

Across three contemporary rural ‘worlds’ five livelihood strategies can be witnessed among contemporary peasants. Only one offers them a future in farming.

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