About Us

The Contract Farming Initiative is a network for researchers and activists interested in the political economy of contract farming, rural livelihoods and agrarian change. The Initiative had its genesis in the special issue on The Political Economy of Contract Farming: Emerging Insights and Changing Dynamics recently published in the Journal of Agrarian Change. The introduction to the special issue, written by the co-founders of the Initiative, sets out a research program for critical studies of contract farming and agrarian change and is available open access here.

The Initiative aims to act as a platform for furthering critical research, writing and activism on the phenomenon of contract farming, its dynamics in relation to processes of rural developent and agrarian change, and its effects on rural peoples, particularly in the global south. We aim to support the work of young and emerging scholars of contract farming, and amplify the work of global south writers and activists.

We welcome contributions in the form of blog posts, news items, events or other contributions. If you are interested in actively participating in the Initiative, please get in contact using the form on this page.

Leadership committee:

Niels Fold, University of Copenhagen
Caroline Hambloch, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Sudha Narayanan, IFPRI Delhi
Helena Pérez Niño, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague
Mark Vicol, Wageningen University

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