Date: 22 July 2019, 18:00-19:30

Venue: 6th floor, Kasem-uttayanin building (Rattasart Hok Sib Pee), Faculty of Political Science Chulalongkorn University

Southeast Asia is going through accelerated agrarian transition due to a number of factors, including transnational land acquisitions, domestic investors, migrants, conservation efforts, and government policies. This affects rural livelihoods, impacting food security and social relations. This event will look at this transition through a speech on young women farmers and the commercialization of agriculture in the region, and will include a panel discussion afterward.

Some factors that are often neglected in academic and public discussions are the ways in which the outcomes of commercialization processes in agriculture are unequally distributed and often dependent on identity attributes such as gender, age, class and ethnicity and while some benefit, others lose out. This event – part of the six-year DEMETER (Droits et Egalité pour une Meilleure Economie de la Terre) research for development project funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation – will consider these issues. In particular, it will highlight the intersection of gender, land commercialisation, generation and the right to food in selected countries in Southeast Asia, namely Indonesia and Cambodia.The program, organized by The Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) and Southeast Asia (SEA) Junction, consists of the following:
Welcome addresses by

  • Thanapan Laiprakobsup, Faculty of Political Science and Social Research Institute, Chulalongkorn University
  • Bernadette P. Resurrección, Stockholm Environment Institute


  • Rosalia Sciortino, IPSR, Mahidol University & SEA Junction

Public Speech

  • Ben White, International Institute for Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, “At the intersection of gender, generation and class: young women farmers in commercializing smallholder agriculture”


  • Saba Joshi, PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva on how contestation over land is shaping political identities among women and indigenous minorities in Cambodia
  • Sara Vigil, Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute and PhD fellow at International Institute for Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Hague and University of Liege, Belgium on climate change, land grabs and migration in Cambodia and Senegal.

More information

This event is organized jointly by The Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) and the Southeast Asia (SEA) Junction.