Part of the Gender and Equity Scholarship Series
Speaker: Jennifer Clapp (School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability)
The global agrifood industry is undergoing profound upheaval, with a spate of mergers and attempted mergers that are consolidating the sector. The mergers announced in 2015 and 2016, for example -- including Dow and Dupont, ChemChina and Syngenta, and Bayer and Monsanto -- are poised to change the face of the agricultural inputs sector by reducing the number of companies that overwhelmingly dominant the sector.
This presentation will examine the international political and economic dynamics surrounding these large agribusiness mega mergers and reflect on the broader implications of these mergers for the global agrifood system, in particular its impact on equity and the environment. It will examine the role of elite financial actors, in particular large institutional investors, in pushing for these mergers as a means to boost their financial returns.
It will also explore the ways in which mega-mergers, if regulators allow them to proceed, is likely to affect the livelihoods of millions of small-scale agricultural producers, food prices and access to food, and environmental diversity in the food system.
The Gender and Equity Series aims to promote gender and equity research taking place at the University of Waterloo, and to provide networking opportunities for equity-minded faculty, staff and students on campus. It is presented jointly by the Special Advisor to the President on Women’s and Gender Issues and FAUW’s Status of Women and Equity Committee.