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Farming and Working under Contract

Peasants and Workers in Global Agricultural Value Systems

Edited by Praveen Jha , Paris Yeros , Walter Chambati , Freedom Mazwi

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Farming and Working under Contract
In recent years, contract farming has received much attention in the literature, and is touted as a means to engage small farmers in high value agriculture chains. However, its role and impact in the developing countries constitute a debated ground. The proponents of contract farming claim that it results in unprecedented opportunities for farmers, while its critics argue that the asymmetric power relations between firms and farmers lead to exploitation of the latter. This book examines the different types and models of contract farming in the global South. It reflects on the suitability of such private marketing arrangements for various crops, markets and farmers, on the basis of an analysis of the hegemonic relations between firms and farmers, better returns on crops and the extent of contract farming prevalent.

Freedom Mazwi

Freedom Mazwi is Researcher at the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Paris Yeros

Paris Yeros is professor of international economics and coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in World Political Economy at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), São Paulo, Brazil. He has been visiting fellow at universities and institutes in Brazil, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He has published on land and labour relations and the agrarian and national questions in Africa, Latin America and the South.
He is editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.

Praveen Jha

Praveen Kumar Jha is Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) and an adjunct professor at the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies (CISLS), School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, India. He has been a visiting fellow at a number of universities and institutions in Germany, China, Switzerland, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and has collaborated in research programmes with UN agencies, including ILO, UNICEF, UNDP and FAO. He has published widely on labour and agrarian relations, the economics of education and public finance. He is editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.

Walter Chambati

Walter Chambati is executive director of the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare, Zimbabwe. He received a BSc (Hons) in agricultural economics from the University of Zimbabwe, a Master’s degree from the University of Witwatersrand, and a PhD from the University of South Africa. He has been Future Agriculture’s Consortium Research Fellow (2011) and visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University (2018). His research interests include land reform in Zimbabwe, and rural labour relations and agricultural development in Africa. He is associate editor of Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy.