Agrarian Labor and Peasantry in the Global South

Rémy HERRERA*, Kin Chi LAU

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The food crisis, which erupted in 2007–2008 and resulted in catastrophic effects on the peoples of numerous countries of the South, especially Africa, as well as popular rebellions, represent two of the many dimensions of the crisis of the capitalist world system. Other very worrying aspects include socioeconomic, political, ideological, energy, or climatic ones. The food and agricultural dimensions of the current systemic crisis reveal the global failure and deep dysfunctions that characterize the agricultural “model” imposed worldwide by financial capital and transnational agribusiness corporations since the beginning of the neoliberal era in the late 1970s, along with the implementation of the structural adjustment plans (SAPs) in the Global South and austerity policies in the North. For more than three and a half decades, the peasantries of the world have been suffering an intensification of attacks by capital on their land, natural resources, and means of production. These attacks have also been eroding national sovereignty and the role of the state; destroying individuals, families, and communities; devastating the environment; and threatening the survival of huge numbers of human beings across the world.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism
EditorsImmanuel NESS, Zak COPE
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ChapterChapter 58-1
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319912066
ISBN (Print)9783319912066
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020

Bibliographical note

The authors thank Pluto Press (London) for allowing them to use certain materials from their book The Struggle for Food Sovereignty: Alternative Development and the Renewal of Peasant Societies Today.


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