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Dr Jaskiran Chohan

Between Compliance and Resistance to the Global Corporate Food Regima in Colombia: ZRCs and Prospects for Food Sovereignty


Supervisors:

Dr Graham Woodgate and Dr Par Engstrom

PhD Completed in 2019

The PhD looks to ground the Global Corporate Food Regime in the country case study of Colombia. It will use this framework to provide a contextualisation of Colombia's food system. This will illustrate the conditions in which the figure of the Zona de Reserva Campesina (ZRC) exists. This legal figure looks to empower grass-roots rural organisation, encourage environmentally friendly farming methods, as well as control and use land according to localised practice. The thesis will comparatively analyse campesino agricultural practices, economy and impacts on local ecologies within two localised case studies: the ZRC of Valle del rio Cimitarra and the ZRC of Cabrera, to underline the different regional processes and histories that very much influence outcomes and agricultural realities.