Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems: The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rural Transformations and Agro-Food Systems

The BRICS and Agrarian Change in the Global South, 1st Edition

Edited by Ben M. McKay, Ruth Hall, Juan Liu


174 pages

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The economic and political rise of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and Middle-Income Countries (MICs) have important implications for global agrarian transformation.These emerging economies are undergoing profound changes as key sites of the production, circulation, and consumption of agricultural commodities; hosts to abundant cheap labour and natural resources; and home to growing numbers of both poor but also, increasingly, affluent consumers. Separately and together these countries are shaping international development agendas both as partners in and potential alternatives to the development paradigms promoted by the established hubs of global capital in the North Atlantic and by dominant international financial institutions. Collectively, the chapters in this book show the significance of BRICS countries in reshaping agro-food systems at the national and regional level as well as their global significance. As they export their own farming and production systems across different contexts, though, the outcomes are contingent and success is not assured. At the same time, BRICS may represent a continuation rather than an alternative to the development paradigms of the Global North.

The chapters were originally published in a special issue of Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal.

Table of Contents

1. The rise of BRICS: implications for global agrarian transformation

Ben M. McKay, Ruth Hall & Juan Liu

2. China and Latin America: towards a new consensus of resource control?

Ben M. McKay, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Zoe W. Brent, Sérgio Sauer & Yunan Xu

3. Chinese agrarian capitalism in the Russian Far East

Jiayi Zhou

4. ‘Don’t stop the mill’: South African capital and agrarian change in Tanzania

Giuliano Martiniello

5. ‘Export or die’: the rise of Brazil as an agribusiness powerhouse

Daniela Andrade

6. Utopian visions of contemporary rural-urban Russia

Alexander Mikhailovich Nikulin & Irina Vladimirovna Trotsuk

7. Growing South-South agribusiness connections: Brazil’s policy coalitions reach Southern Africa

Carolina Milhorance

8. South African supermarket expansion in sub-Saharan Africa

Melodie Campbell

9. Brazil and China: the agribusiness connection in the Southern Cone context

John Wilkinson, Valdemar João Wesz Junior & Anna Rosa Maria Lopane

About the Editors

Ben M. McKay is an assistant professor of Development and Sustainability in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology and fellow of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary in Canada.

Ruth Hall is a professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. She is a co-founder of the Land Deal Politics Initiative and the BRICS Initiative in Critical Agrarian Studies, and coordinates the work of the Future Agricultures Consortium in Southern Africa.

Juan Liu is an assistant professor at the College of Humanities and Social Development, Northwest A&F University, China, and a postdoctoral researcher at ICTA, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. She is in the global secretariat of the BRICS Initiatives for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) and is co-editor of the BICAS Working Paper Series.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / General