Governing food and agriculture in a warming world

Newell, Peter, Taylor, Olivia Grace and Touni, Charles (2018) Governing food and agriculture in a warming world. Global Environmental Politics, 18 (2). pp. 53-71. ISSN 1526-3800

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In order to understand, how, why and whether the trade-offs and tensions around simultaneous implementation of the SDGs are resolved in ways which are both sustainable and equitable requires an appreciation of power relations across multiple scales of governance. We explore the politics and political economy of how the nexus around food-energy and water is being governed through initiatives to promote ‘climate-smart agriculture’ (CSA) as it moves from the global to the local. We combine analysis of how these interrelationships are being governed (and ungoverned) by key global institutions with reflection upon the consequences of this for developing countries that are being targeted by CSA initiatives. In particular, we look at Kenya as a country heavily dependent on agriculture, but also subject to some of the worst effects of climate change, and which has been targeted by a range of bilateral and multilateral donors with their preferred vision of CSA. We draw on strands of literature in global environmental politics (GEPs), political ecology and the political economy of development to make sense of the power dynamics which characterize the multi-scalar politics of how CSA is translated, domesticated and operationalized in practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: climate change; agriculture; SDGs; governance; Kenya
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Global Political Economy
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Q Science
S Agriculture
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology
Depositing User: Peter Newell
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 13:46
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 11:02

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