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12 February 2024

Oxford talks: Land tenure, deforestation, and monocultures: Menaces to food and territorial justice

The fragility and uncertainty of land tenure in many countries have provoked the risks of land grabbing, either for expanding monocultures, accelerating deforestation rates, or for the establishment of protected areas for conservation. Here I’ll concentrate on the consequences of the enlargement of monocultures within the changing dynamics of the food regimes on the food and territorial justice, particularly among small-scale farmers in Mexico.

Elena is a biologist and social anthropologist based at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is a member of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Socio-Economics of Development (EHESS, Paris, France). Her research spans
socio-environmental vulnerabilities, food security/sovereignty, seeds and agrobiodiversity, perceptions of risks of climate change, reforests in landscape regeneration, gender and environmental local governance in territorial community management.

Her publications can be found here.

The Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery and Biodiversity Network are interested in promoting a wide variety of views and opinions on nature recovery from researchers and practitioners.

The views, opinions and positions expressed within this lecture are those of the author alone, they do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Leverhulme Centre for Nature Recovery/Biodiversity Network, or its researchers.


More information here.


From 12 February 2024 at 16:15 to 12 February 2024


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