What is the Agrarian Summer School? - Walter Chambati explains

The Agrarian Summer School is an annual event organized by the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) and partners. The Summer School brings together young and senior scholars from Africa, Latin America and Asia for a reflection on theory and practice, to define research and activism. The aim of the school is to bring together the diverse experiences of movements, NGO’s, policy makers and academics in order to strengthen our capacities of understanding the current conjuncture. The summer school is a five days full time plenary event where participants are encouraged to present, listen and debate about their struggles, work, research and advocacy connected to the present processes of rural and agrarian transformations in South. The last ten Summer Schools were held in Harare (2009; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018), Dar es Salaam (2010), and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (2011). Every year the Summer School runs on a different theme, with the themes for the last three Schools, 2016, 2016 and 2018 being: Progressive Social forces, Gender and the Agrarian Questions; Labour Questions in the Contemporary and Global South; and Global Agricultural Value Networks and Contract Farming in the Contemporary South respectively.