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Amid intensifying ecological crises and ongoing struggles for social justice, sustainable agriculture is often promoted as a win-win strategy for smallholder producers in the Global South. Drawing on research from northern India, Shaila Seshia Galvin will explore the promise of sustainable agriculture and discuss the specific challenges that it poses for small farmers as they pursue sustainability certifications and seek access to new markets.
Shaila Seshia Galvin holds a PhD in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University. Her recent research focuses on agrarian change processes, particularly in India, and has addressed issues related to sustainable agriculture, as well as agricultural biodiversity and intellectual property. Professor Galvin is currently completing a book manuscript based on her doctoral research in northern India, which explores the rise of commercial organic agriculture and along with it third-party certification, standardisation and contract farming in the first decades of the 21st century.