International Academic Conference: Rural Transformations and Food Systems - The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South
The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) is collaborating with several initiatives and institutions to hold an international conference with an African focus, with emphasis on transformations in food systems and implications for policy responses. The organizers are the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, in partnership with the African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), with the support of the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation. The 2015 conference builds on the growing body of research in the area of critical agrarian studies, including the literature on land grabs that has been promoted by the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI). This conference follows on initial meetings of a founding BICAS collective in Beijing in 2013 and Brasilia in 2014 and the highly successful international academic conferences organized by LDPI in 2011 at IDS, University of Sussex, UK and in 2012 at Cornell University, New York, USA. Over the past two years, there has been a popular clamour for more regionally-focused international conferences and for work on the relationships between BRICS countries and regional transformations of agro-food systems. There will be one such conference each for Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe/Central Asia, and China/Southeast Asia to be held during the period of 2014-2016.