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Marion Werner: Food Regimes and the State: Exploring Geographies of Uneven Development in the Caribbean

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 1:30pm to 3:00pm

B73 Warren Hall, Polson Seminar Room 137 Reservoir Ave. Ithaca, NY 14853

This talk considers broader debates on food regimes and "unven and combined development" in relation to the Dominican Republic's food system. The Dominican state plays a central role in food production and consumption relative to many of its neighbors in the Caribbean, a region highly exposed to international markets for food and agricultural products. Based on a two-year pilot study with land reform rice producers and interviews with key private and public sector actors in the rice chain and beyond, I consider the possibile outcome of the liberalization of this and other sensitive agricultural products under the provisions of a free trade agreement with Central America and the United States (DR-CAFTA). The paper offers a basis for the consideration of novel forms of national governance of food systems in the context of neoliberalization, that is, spatio-temporally variegated regulatory development. 

Marion Werner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Co-Director of the Center for Trade, Environment and Development at SUNY-Buffalo (UB). Her research is located at the nexus of critical development studies, feminist theory, and political economy with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. She is the author of Global Displacements: The making of uneven development in the Caribbean (Wiley, 2016) and a co-Editor of the journal Antipode.


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Department of Geography, SUNY-Buffalo; Co-Director of the Center for Trade, Environment and Development

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