"Struggles over Land and Power in the Newest Sugarcane Region of Brazil: A case study with global implications," by Fernanda Alaya, LACS Seminar Series
Sugarcane was one of the first crops introduced into Brazil by the Portuguese, and it has dominated the country’s political and economic formation since. In recent years, the highly modern, input-intensive ethanol industry has taken hold in a new region of Brazil, the former soybean fields of Mato Grosso do Sul. In this talk, Fernanda will outline her research into conflicts in this new sugarcane region between large-scale, highly-capitalized agro-industrialists and indigenous peoples who claim historic rights to the land in Mato Grosso do Sul. Through a case study of the Raízen-Caarapó ethanol plant, she will examine changing land use patterns, livelihoods and norms as expressed through claims to the land.
Fernanda Santa Roza Ayala Martins is a PhD student in the Social Sciences Graduate Program on Development, Agriculture and Society (CPDA) in the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). She is a visiting PhD student with Global Development in CALS with a scholarship from the Brazilian Federal Foundation for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES).