Gironde, C. and A. Torrico Ramirez. 2019. Dépossession foncière, transition agraire et capacité d’adaptation: Devenir des populations autochtones de Ratanakiri (Cambodge). Revue internationale des études du développement. 238(2): 291-322.
DEMETER team members Christophe Gironde and Andres Torrico Ramirez recently published some of the results of their work in Northeastern Cambodia in the Revue internationale des études du développement. Their article (in French), ‘Land Dispossession, Agrarian Transition and Adaptability. The Future of Indigenous Populations in Ratanakiri’ examines the rapid and radical agrarian transition that has occurred in the province since the mid-2000s. These changes have been driven by the granting of large economic land concessions to agribusiness companies and by an influx of Khmer migrants from lowland communities. Increasing pressures on land have lead to dispossession for many indigenous households who have had to reorganise their livelihoods. The research demonstrates growing levels of indebtedness amongst indigenous households as well as their recourse to non-farming activities and wage labour. These processes have exacerbated economic and social inequalities within indigenous communities as well as between indigenous and Khmer populations.