Angela Serrano

Angela Serrano
Los Andes University (Colombia) | UNIANDES · Faculty of Social Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I study how different global industries shape livelihood opportunities for rural communities in Latin America. My current project examines how the palm oil industry has transformed lives and landscapes in the region of Magdalena, Colombia. This project also builds on small-scale farmers’ experiences to identify possible transition pathways towards more sustainable and equitable agriculture.

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Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) is native to the Gulf of Guinea, where humans have harvested its fruits for sustenance for millennia. In Latin America, palm oil seeds planted by enslaved Black people have provided an alternative source of sustenance and became a symbol of resistance. In contrast to these past contributions to autonomy, today the palm...
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This article considers how financial mechanisms shape political and economic power around farmland. It draws on political ecology around the financialization of agriculture, and perspectives from Science and Technology Studies about performativity and topology to study how financial mechanisms in agriculture reconfigure networks of access to farmla...
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Work on global food systems has focused on the livelihoods of farmers directly affected as growers of agricultural export goods and has paid less attention to those who are left behind by new patterns of production and consumption. The connections between pre-existing agricultural livelihoods and the new systems of provision associated with fashion...
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This study explores the livelihood possibilities of avocado farmers, within a broader examination of the political economy of avocados. It exposes a state-capital arrangement that is promoting a way of organizing society in which livelihood agriculture is being displaced by investment agriculture. It draws on the systems of provision (sop) approach...

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Elaeis guineensis (oil palm) is native to the Gulf of Guinea, where humans have harvested its fruits for sustenance for millennia. In Latin America, palm oil seeds planted by enslaved Black people have provided an alternative source of sustenance and became a symbol of resistance. In contrast to these past contributions to autonomy, today the palm oil industry is known for its effects on environmental destruction and social dispossession. How did oil palm crops become such a destructive force? Who, and through which practices, can change this?