Food Production in Rural and Urban Southeast Asia Today

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Asian Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 45
Organizers: Melody Lynch
Chairs: Melody Lynch


Rural and urban landscapes across Southeast Asia are rapidly changing while also facing numerous challenges. Rural populations are steadily decreasing, while urbanization is increasing at twice the rate that population is growing. Total arable land per person in Asia has been shrinking from almost one-quarter hectare per person to nearly one-tenth. Arable land is becoming scarcer and increasingly regulated and privatized. These factors have significant implications for farmers’ land rights and access in different rural and urban contexts.

This session will unpack some of the social, economic, environmental and political tensions in rural and urban agriculture in contemporary Southeast Asia. We will explore the ways by which rural and urban farmers creatively maneuver the natural, built, socio-economic, and political landscapes in order to farm on their own terms. The curious contentions and contradictions we uncover reveal important insights into the realm of Southeast Asian agriculture today.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Melody Lynch*, McGill University, Sarah Turner, McGill University, Urban Agriculture in Asia: A Review 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Thi-Thanh-Hiên PHAM*, Université du Québec à Montréal, Sarah Turner, McGill University, Food, farmers, and the city: Conflicting practices and discourses of urban agriculture in Hanoi 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Patrick Slack*, McGill University, Cardamom Materialities: Precipitating Marginalities and Livelihood Maneuvers 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Melie Monnerat*, McGill University, Behind the cash-crop curtain: Diverse livelihood strategies of ethnic minority cinnamon cultivators in upland Vietnam 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Peter Garber*, McGill University, Animal Entanglements Amid Disentangling Forces: Examining the Relationships Between Ethnic Minority Farmers and Water Buffalo in Upland Northern Vietnam 15 9:00 AM

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