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Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime

April 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nicaragua:   Birgit Muller “Facing the Environmental Mission: Small Farmers in Nicaragua and the Agro-Ecological Challenges of the Neoliberal Food Regime”

The efforts of small development NGOs to introduce agro-ecology in remote and mountainous regions of Nicaragua categorized as fragile and barely fit for agriculture, create structures of surveillance and control that challenge the ideal of peasant autonomy. I will examine the national and international compensation schemes that influence these practices and create chains of governance on a global scale.

Birgit Müller (PhD Cambridge 1986) is research director at the IIAC/LAIOS, CNRS and professor at the EHESS in Paris. Her current research explores how farmers, soils and seeds make out in the new global conjunctures of climate smart agriculture — the private and public agricultural policy making by states, corporations and a large array of international governmental and non-governmental organisations. She sets out to understand local quotidian practices of farmers, as they wrestle with supra-local processes and discursive practices that connect local life-worlds in two farming settings, in Canada and Nicaragua, that all seem to oppose. Among her books: Disenchantment with Market Economics. East Germans and Western Capitalism (2008), The Gloss of Harmony. The politics of policy making in multilateral organisations (2013).

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This seminar is part of “Science and Technology in the Hispanic World”, a special seminar series prepared in collaboration between Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

How does global science and technology affect Hispanic societies and ecosystems? How does cultural inheritance of hispanic societies inform citizens’ attitudes towards science driven technological projects? How do science and technology from the North mobilize indigenous science to resist undesired transformations? What are the culturally specific debates and conflicts that emerge in various local contexts where science and technology bring changes? This series features renown scholars and activists to introduce us to science and technology driven social debates in Spain, Mexico, Paraguay and Nicaragua.


April 20, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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