Culture & Agriculture

a section of the American Anthropological Association

Month: April 2014 (Page 1 of 2)

Penny on a Ib Project in Florida Tomato Fields

In Florida Tomato Fields, a Penny Buys Progress

New York Times article by Steven Greenhouse

This article is an update on the Fair Food Program, an initiative by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), in Florida tomato fields to help tomato pickers (tomateros) earn a penny more per pound of tomatoes picked. The red bucket pictured below is a 32 pound bucket. Many workers in these fields are earning approx. $8.75 an hour, but pay depends on amount of tomatoes picked. CIW estimates that workers must pick enough tomatoes to fill 153 buckets a day to make minimum wage.

See this article from 2012 on CIW “food with integrity” and Chipotle.

photo by Jeremy Gantz


2014 Robert M. Netting Award

The Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological
Association invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to
submit papers for the 2014 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate and
undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250,
respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the
editors of our section’s journal, CAF (Culture, Agriculture, Food
and Environment), toward the goal of revising the paper for publication.
Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of
Anthropology, and present data from original research related to
livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production and forestry
and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers
should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow American
Anthropologist format style.
– Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only
one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students. (Students graduating in the Spring of 2014 are eligible).

*The submission deadline is August 31st**, 2014.*

Call for Chapters — The Carbon Fix: Global Equity and the New Environmental Regime

This is a call for chapters needed to fill out a book we are co-editing,
The Carbon Fix:  Global Equity and the New Environmental Regime, under contract to Left Coast Press.

The book focuses on the social, equity, rights, and environmental
governance implications of land-based carbon offsetting  policies and
projects (e.g., through REDD+, tree planting, agroforestry, range
management), as being promoted or realized through the policies and
projects of the UNFCCC, World Bank, other multilateral and transnational
organizations, compliance and voluntary carbon markets, and for-profit as
well as non-profit institutions.

While we can still accept proposals for REDD+ focused chapters, we are in
particular need of analyses of carbon initiatives that have been formulated
outside the REDD+ framework, even if they ultimately aim to participate in
that market.  These might include, for example, programs that are initiated
at subnational (e.g., states, provinces, communities) or transnational
(cross-border) scales; projects with explicit objectives to support rural
and indigenous peoples’ rights and objectives; voluntary carbon market
projects; for-profit, investor-financed projects; and forest preservation
projects or movements initiated independently of, or as explicit
alternatives to, the carbon credit paradigm.

Of interest is work approaching the topic from any angle that illuminates
the social, equity, and governance consequences, dilemmas, and tradeoffs of
these policies and projects as they are being put into practice.

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Invitation to Participate in a new C&A collaborative blog project: Notes from the Field 2014

 The Culture & Agriculture section of the AAAs is beginning our “Notes from the Field” collaborative blog project this summer. We invite all members of C&A who will be conducting research in the field this summer to participate. This includes, but is not limited to, undergraduate students, graduate students and professors alike. We hope that this inclusive project will provide a space for conversing about field experiences, fresh research, and possibly lead to more collaborative projects.
Contributions to Notes from the Field will be posted as they are received. Please email all submissions to Mary Beth Schmid (the current C&A webmaster), [email protected] . The submissions will be reviewed and posted in a timely manner throughout the summer. We are hoping to post at least one entry a week throughout June and July. I will send out reminders about this project throughout the summer through our listserv.
Contributions can include videos, photo essays as well as written essays. There is a 2,500 word limit. This is a forum meant to encourage discussions and to give people a chance to introduce and work out ideas for articles and other larger pieces of work. Please feel free to be creative and to send in shorter pieces.
At any point throughout the year, you can email the C&A webmaster to request that links and/or current news regarding anthropology, culture, and agriculture be posted on our blog. If you have any questions or concerns, email Mary Beth at the email address provided above.

FAO- Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women’s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion

Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition

Digest No. 1105
17 April 2014
Discussion 100
Care farming: an innovative approach for promoting women?s economic empowerment, decent rural employment and social inclusion. What works in developing countries?
Until 6 May 2014

How to participate:
Send your contribution to
[email protected]

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National Technical Advisor for Food and Agriculture

Description: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the leading providers of high quality programming for refugees resettling to the United States.  The mission of the IRC’s US Programs (USP) Department is to create opportunities for refugees to survive and thrive in America.  The IRC’s USP Department currently provides services in 22 U.S. cities and through the IRC’s Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in East Asia. The USP portfolio is built around six core program sectors: resettlement, economic empowerment, access and legal rights, education and learning, health and wellness and community integration and development. With over 600 staff and 3,500 volunteers in the US Programs department, IRC serves over 30,000 refugees and immigrants in the US each year, among them 8,750 newly resettled refugees.

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Last minute spot for 2014 AAA session: Addressing Agriculture and Climate Change

We have a last minute spot available for the session below. Please contact Colin West ([email protected]) and Caela O’Connell ([email protected]) with your proposed topic asap for consideration.

Addressing Agriculture and Climate Change: When we discuss the potential hazards and horrors of climate change the topics of migration, flooding, human epidemics, and intense weather events dominate conversation and research. The subjects of agricultural and climate change, and consequently food security have received far less attention from anthropologists. From subsistence farmers in the the Andes to commercial producers in Australia, producing food is increasingly under pressure from multiple factors related to climate change. This panel aims to bring the growing effects of climate change on agricultural communities into focus. From coping with increasing frequency in hazards to the changing and more virulent presentations of pests, diseases, and susceptibility in food crops, agricultural producers are facing intensified pressures to produce food and maintain their cultural practices and livelihoods. We seek to go beyond anthropological work documenting responses to meteorological phenomena and shifts in meaning and belief systems related to climate change. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, our panel showcases anthropologists involved in collecting socioecological data to assist with tracking, modeling, adapting, and documenting climate change for agricultural communities.

Last minute session on theorizing “local food”

Several of us are proposing a session a the last minute on theorizing
“local food”.  The draft session abstract is below.  If you think you may
be interested, please send a note to [email protected].  Note, though
that I will be out of email range until Sunday afternoon but I’ll respond
as soon as I can.  Thank you, John

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Peasants and Politics: Virtual Special Issue

The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Part of our series of initiatives to commemorate the anniversaryof JPS is the publication of virtual special issues, starting with the 40 Classics in Peasant Studies.

The second in the series is JPS 40: Peasants & Politics. This collection
highlights some of the key articles that have been published in the journal
over the past four decades on peasant politics. We are launching it during
the week of 17th of April to coincide with the International Day of Peasant

The articles will be free to access via this URL:

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The Institute for Food and Development Policy (aka Food First) seeking Development Director

Development Director: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First, is seeking a person to join the leadership team as a strategic team member who clearly values the essential relationship between fundraising and program development/ implementation.  This person must be committed to radical social change and to ending racism in the food system.
Food First is a research institute funded by individuals, bequests, grants, book sales, teaching and public speaking.  This broad funding mix allows the organization to take a strong, independent stance on food issues and to amplify the voices of social movements fighting for structural change.  Using the lens of food sovereignty and food justice, Food First has worked to expose myths about the causes of global hunger and poverty for 39 years.  The Development Director has an opportunity to play a significant role in the US and global food movement.

(See JOBS tab for more details)

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