Politics of poverty: the post-2015 sustainable development goals and the business of agriculture

Spann, Michael (2017) Politics of poverty: the post-2015 sustainable development goals and the business of agriculture. Globalizations, 14 3: 370-378. doi:10.1080/14747731.2017.1286169


Author Spann, Michael
Title Politics of poverty: the post-2015 sustainable development goals and the business of agriculture
Journal name Globalizations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-774X
1474-7731
Publication date 2017-02-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14747731.2017.1286169
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 370
End page 378
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are an important framework that sets the development agenda for the next 15 years. Through targets and means of implementation, the SDGs appear to speak to development challenges in a comprehensive way; however, they are highly problematic. This is apparent in their conception and understanding of sustainability, especially in relation to agriculture and its role in poverty reduction and development. By focusing on the agricultural component of the SDGs, I demonstrate how the interests of agribusiness are explicitly aligned and advanced through a problematic conception of sustainability that underpins the SDGs. I suggest the ‘agriculture for development’ agenda that is present in the SDGs is really about ensuring the interests of agribusiness at the expense of ensuring actual sustainable development. I conclude that the social and political efforts coming from such an alignment undermine efforts to advance actual sustainability and substantive ecological relations.
Keyword Sustainable development goals
Global development
Value chains
Smallholders
Inequality
Sustainability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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