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Declining Food Security in a Philippine Oil Palm Frontier

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Coombs Extension, RegNet Level 3, Meeting Room

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Agricultural cooperatives’ long-held redistributive function- one of moral economy and poverty alleviation- has changed dramatically as they emerge as core brokers for agro-industrial development in the so-called ‘green economy’. This seminar examines how the changing role of cooperatives involved in brokering oil palm production impacts upon the food security and livelihoods of smallholders who labour in plantation regimes situated in historically uneven agrarian political economies.This study draws on recent research (2012, 2015 and 2016) in southern Palawan to show how older cooperatives are reconstituted toward intensifying market-relations as they engage deepening capital flows through oil palm contract farming on ancestral lands.


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Dr Wolfram Dressler, ARC Future Fellow
School of Geography, University of Melbourne

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