Workshop with Dr. Camila Moreno from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro on:
AGRIBUSINESS AND THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: NEOEXTRACTIVISM, RURAL LANDSCAPES AND EMERGENT BIOECONOMY IMAGINARIES.
Agribusiness expansion in Brazil as elsewhere in Latin America has been a key factor within “neoextractivists” dynamics, as its
commodities have been firmly incorporated into the industrial food system and its global value chains, as well as to meet China’s demand.
For instance, the land occupied by soy monoculture in Brazil (almost entirely GMO) has more than doubled over the last decade (2008-2018); it
currently covers an area the size of Germany (35.8 million hectares/2019). The scale and pace of this process is referred as an
example of the “reprimarization” of the economy and involved massive landscape transformation, associated to deforestation, land grabbing and
rural violence. _Against this background, agribusiness presents itself as a “high-tech industry”, where the digital transformation is
rapidly shaping the future of farming and redefining rural livelihoods.
We will discuss how this narrative and associated emergent bioeconomy imaginaries pose new elements to be addressed by the debate on alternatives and socio-ecological transformation_.
Venue: Conference Room of the Department of Political Science, Universitätsstrasse 7, 2nd floor (A 222)
Background information is here:
- in English
- in German