Part of the Gender and Equity Scholarship Series
Speaker: Andrea Collins (School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability)
The so-called global land grab has rightfully earned attention in academic circles. Large-scale land deals can displace and disrupt the farming practices of rural communities, undermining food security, and often leaving little legal recourse for rural populations. Consequently, international organizations such as the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have developed global principles and guidelines designed to address just these issues.
This presentation examines to what extent these initiatives have considered the role of gender in land governance. Rural women often play a critical role in food security, yet they face immense challenges to securing land. These global recommendations often overlook gendered hierarchies in land governance, tensions with recognizing customary land rights, and the immense costs and commitments required to change existing practices. Through examining the practices of land governance in Tanzania, this seminar highlights the obstacles to effective land reforms and offers a reexamination of global efforts to govern land.
About the speaker
Dr. Andrea M. Collins is Assistant Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her research examines the role of gender in the governance of food, land, and agriculture in both local and global contexts. She has recently published her research in Globalizations and has a forthcoming article in the International Feminist Journal of Politics on empowerment discourses in global agricultural investment principles.
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. Light refreshments and desserts will be served.