Virtues of Food Autonomy, Cooperative Farming & Sufic-Socialist Regimes

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Ghulam Hussain
Bisharat Ali


In peasantivist relations in Sindh, different political and economic ideologies are competing with each other by articulating various peasant issues in different political languages. There is a clash between corporate farming and cooperative farming strategies, and between the notions of „food security‟ and „food sovereignty‟. In this study, documentary analysis of local literature on peasant activism has been triangulated with the primary data collected during field work, about peasant activism in lower Sindh. Effort has been made to look into the tendency of feudal and capitalist elements to bring about capital-intensive „agrarian reform‟ instead of pro-peasant „land reforms‟. The shaping up of agrarian relations in Sindh has been critiqued in the light of post-developmental notion of „food autonomy‟. In the end, in the light of generated arguments, possibility for the establishment of localized Suficsocialist Agrarian regime or to become the part of moral global economy has been predicted. Keeping the notion of „food autonomy‟ and the establishment of communal agrarian regimes in perspective, peasant activists in Sindh, not only have to remain informed about the theoretical and ideological positioning of translocal peasant communities, but have also to streamline and adapt their peasantivist agendas with transnational peasant movements through sustained activism.

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