Check out my latest article in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies — a special issue on Food Security and the Contested Visions of Agrarian Change in Africa:
The agrarian question revisited: smallholders and corporate food in Egypt
In the decades prior to the 2011 popular uprising in Egypt, a corporate agri-food system grew through the incorporation into supply chains of peasants and smallholders – rather than through their elimination. From this position of integration, smallholders have allied themselves politically with various urban groups to make claims vis-à-vis the very agrarian reform institutions (and related ones) of political modernity that have weakened in Egypt under neoliberalism. In describing the relationship between smallholders and capital accumulation in agriculture and food, this article illuminates the agrarian question of the twenty-first century.