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Postponed: Indigeneity, agroecology and the SDGs. A case example of ETFE Uganda

19/03/2020 at 12:15 - 13:15


This seminar has been postponed due to current health concerns and the need for ‘social distancing’.

We hope to be able to re-arrange it in the future. Apologies for any inconvenience.

‘Indigeneity, agroecology and the SDGs. A case example of ETFE (Ebonyu Transformation Farm Enterprise), Kalaki District, Uganda.’

About this Event

Dr Nicholas James is an Associate Lecturer at The Open University – SSGS (Faculty of the Social Sciences, Social Sciences and Global Studies) and co-founder of Ebonyu Transformation Farm Enterprise in Kalaki District, Uganda.

Nick’s research and teaching interests in geography include development, environment and political ecology. Particular areas of interest include ‘water security’, livelihoods and agrarian change in Africa.

Presentation outline:

Indigeneity, agroecology and the SDGs. A case example of ETFE Uganda:

Nick’s research examines critical issues around changing and revived indigenous or traditional knowledge when integrated with agroecology practice. Agroecology promotes conservation and revival of indigenous knowledge. This emphasises the importance of local community, culture and place. The idea is to enable farming that builds upon knowledge and skills that the food producers need to develop and manage localised food production and harvesting systems. However, agrarian studies and political ecology have partly distanced themselves from concerns with a local context. Furthermore, it is argued that conventional modernisation and agribusiness approaches in farming undermine livelihood resistance and agency at household and local levels. Therefore, this impedes the prospects for agro-ecological success.

Examining different trajectories of transformation through overlapping scales of analysis including political economy, social relations and cultural identity this research focus examines the prospects for elevating the vestiges of traditional farming practices. Evidence is drawn from ETFE agroecology enterprise in Eastern Uganda.

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The seminar will take place in room HC207, FCH campus.


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