Is quinoa on your diet? Are you tempted by the exotic scent of cardamom in your local tea shop? Any idea where the tender beans on your plate come from, and how they are produced?
The demand for new agricultural products with specific nutritional characteristics and year-round availability has constantly been on the rise in recent years – and so has their price. These market dynamics have a profound effect on the places where such products are grown. In many cases, these are rural areas in developing countries where agriculture is the main economic sector. Accordingly, high-value crops hold the promise of stimulating rural development in the global South: employment is expected to lift poor people – and women in particular – out of their multiple dependencies on small-scale agricultural production, offering them and their children new perspectives.
Higher incomes, better lives? Effects of agricultural change in Nepal and Rwanda
Higher incomes, better lives? It is a common development rationale that commercialization of agriculture improves smallholder farmers’ lives and reduces poverty by increasing their incomes. However does this rationale really work? And which dimensions are thereby neglected? FATE PhD student Marie-Luise Matthys has produced a three-minute video-clip in the context of a call by the r4d programme. In the video-clip, Marie-Luise Matthys explains the need for looking at multiple dimensions of a ‘good life’ when analyzing agricultural change and she outlines how she integrates and implements them into her research.