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Trent Professor a Key Contributor to New Book Examining Impacts of Globalization on Rural Poverty


Dr. A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi Co-Writer and Editor of Land, Poverty and Livelihoods in an Era of Globalization

Wednesday, April 18, 2007, Peterborough

Trent International Development Studies (IDS) Professor A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi is the co-writer and editor of a groundbreaking new book examining the structural causes of rural poverty and income inequality, as well as the processes of social exclusion and political subordination encountered by the peasantry and rural workers across a wide range of countries.

Published in March, Land, Poverty and Livelihoods in an Era of Globalization: Perspectives from Developing and Transition Countries, was commissioned by the Bureau of Development Policy of the United Nations Development Programme as a means of investigating the impacts of “market-led land reform” on the livelihoods of the rural poor in Africa, Asia, Latin America and transition countries.

“Around the world, millions of people are struggling to build a life,” Dr. Akram-Lodhi explains. “For many of those that live in the countryside, this ability is hampered by a lack of access to land, the most important economic resource in shaping livelihoods.  Lack of access to land is thus intimately linked to rural poverty worldwide.”

In addition to Prof. Akram-Lodhi, a host of internationally eminent scholars are the main contributors to the book.  Land, Poverty and Livelihoods in an Era of Globalization is part of the new Routledge Institute for Social Studies (ISS) studies in rural livelihoods series, which is also co-edited by Prof. Akram-Lodhi. The series includes themes such as land policies and land rights, water issues, food policy and politics, rural poverty, agrarian transformation, migration, rural-oriented social movements, rural conflict and violence, among others.

Prof. Akram-Lodhi joined the IDS Department at Trent in July 2006. Prior to Trent, he worked at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands – Europe’s largest graduate school of international development studies. Many of the ideas contained in the new book are reflected in Prof. Akram-Lodhi’s second-year International Development Studies course entitled “Agrarian Change and the Global Politics of Food”. His next book, entitled Political Economy, Rural Transformation and the Agrarian Question: Globalization and Peasant Livelihoods, is scheduled for release later this year.

For more information, visit http://aharoonakramlodhi.googlepages.com/home.


For more information, please contact:
Dr. A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, International Development Studies, (416) 409-0918