Agrarian South Institute: Student Testimony - Niyati S.
What is the Agrarian South Training Institute? Prof. Praveen Jha explains
The Agrarian Studies Training Institute (ASTI) offers a one-month, intensive inter-disciplinary course in agrarian studies, with faculty members and students from universities in Africa, Asia and Latin America/Caribbean to address such needs. The Institute offers a unique opportunity for international academic exchange of a high scholarly standard for both faculty and students. It generates new knowledge based on shared experiences among researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and promote the building of networking capacity among young scholars and activists in the Global South.
The course aims to introduce students to the trends and processes of agrarian transformations under contemporary capitalism. As is well known, there has been a new phase of the scramble for land and other natural resources in the global south under the contemporary phase of corporate capitalism. The processes unleashed by this phenomenon have had a devastating impact on the lives of the working poor and also led to a new wave of resistance. Since this process is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional in its character, it is only natural that the study of the political economy of contemporary agrarian transformations is also interdisciplinary. This month long interdisciplinary course is aimed at training students in themes and methods of agrarian research in the present times.