The fragmented politics of sugarcane contract farming in Uganda

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dc.description.abstract In the last decade, contract farming has regained momentum among policymakers and global development agencies as a tool to promote inclusive rural development and responsible investments. Integrating smallholders within global, regional and national agricultural value chains, we are told, represents the sine qua non for alleviating rural poverty. In Uganda, under the label of out-grower schemes, contract farming is currently undergoing massive expansion, driven especially by the boom in sugarcane cultivation. Drawing from three case studies of sugarcane contract farming in Uganda, the paper re-politicizes the debate around contract farming by looking at the power relations within which these schemes are embedded. We argue, what is seen in Uganda's expansion is a political dynamic derived both from the major dislocations and dispossessions required to establish the plantation estate and its work force, as well as from the effort to bring many smallholders using unimproved methods on land with sometimes unclear tenure arrangements into contracted arrangements for supplying sugarcane. The result has been highly contentious politics around sugar's expansion, where struggles over land dispossession merge with those around exploitative wage labour, around the loss and transformation of livelihoods, and around debt, power inequalities and environmental harm, a matrix in which state violence and co-optation are ever-present. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Wiley Publishing Company en
dc.subject SUGARCANE en
dc.subject UGANDA en
dc.subject POLITICS en
dc.title The fragmented politics of sugarcane contract farming in Uganda en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 22(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2021/22 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.SourceTitle Journal of Agrarian Change en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9812206 en
dc.PageNumber 77-96 en
dc.outputnumber 13713 en
dc.bibliographictitle Martiniello, G., Owor, A., Bahati, I. & Branch, A. (2022) The fragmented politics of sugarcane contract farming in Uganda. Journal of Agrarian Change. 22(1):77-96. en
dc.publicationyear 2022 en
dc.contributor.author1 Martiniello, G. en
dc.contributor.author2 Owor, A. en
dc.contributor.author3 Bahati, I. en
dc.contributor.author4 Branch, A. en

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