Lunch Briefing
Shaila Seshia Galvin

Sustainable Agriculture's Promise and Perils

Shaila Seshia Galvin, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
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Auditorium A1B, Maison de la paix, Geneva

Amid intensifying ecological crises and ongoing struggles for social justice, sustainable agriculture is often promoted as a win-win strategy for smallholder producers in the Global South. Drawing on research from northern India, Shaila Seshia Galvin will explore the promise of sustainable agriculture and discuss the specific challenges that it poses for small farmers as they pursue sustainability certifications and seek access to new markets.

Shaila Seshia Galvin holds a PhD in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her recent research focuses on agrarian change processes, particularly in India, and has addressed issues related to sustainable agriculture, as well as agricultural biodiversity and intellectual property. Professor Galvin ‘s forthcoming book, to be published with Yale University Press, explores the development of commercial organic agriculture in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, and along with it the rise of third-party certification, standardisation and contract farming in the first decades of the 21st century.