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Lecture | Seminar

“The UAE-Egypt alfalfa commodity chain: Articulation, disarticulation and segregation”

Friday 21 September 2018
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Abstract:  Over the last two decades state-linked companies from the UAE and Saudi Arabia have acquired large areas of land in southern Egypt for the production of commodities for the regional agribusiness market. These farms are capital-intensive monocultures that are allocated substantial water resources and government support. One common crop on these projects are cattle feeds such as Alfalfa, which is often exported to the Gulf for large dairy herds. This research imposes the framework of commodity chain analysis onto these projects. By doing so it illustrates a case in which state agencies have played a lead role in facilitating a commodity chain. This conflicts with literature that depicts market relations as being the primary force in commodity chains. As a result the role of state power is central to the dispossession and articulation of these spaces to a regional commodity chain.

Registration: Please register in advance at l-peg@hum.leidenuniv.nl to receive a copy of the paper.

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