Globally engaged farmers as transnational actors: navigating the landscape of agri-food globalization

Cheshire, Lynda and Woods, Michael (2013) Globally engaged farmers as transnational actors: navigating the landscape of agri-food globalization. Geoforum, 44 232-242. doi:10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.09.003


Author Cheshire, Lynda
Woods, Michael
Title Globally engaged farmers as transnational actors: navigating the landscape of agri-food globalization
Journal name Geoforum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0016-7185
1872-9398
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.09.003
Volume 44
Start page 232
End page 242
Total pages 11
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Farmers are not commonly included in studies of transnational actors, but with the globalization of agricultural markets, and the neoliberal reform of national agricultural sectors, an increasing number of family farm-entrepreneurs have become engaged in transnational activities. Drawing on interviews with 'globally-engaged' farmers in Australia - a country in which expansion into transnational activities has been encouraged by the radical deregulation of domestic markets - this paper explores the transnational mobilities of farmers who have sought to capitalize on the advantages of globalization by directly trading with international partners, establishing international business contacts, and learning international best practice in farm efficiency and environmental performance. In particular, the paper examines the varying spatialities and forms of mobility executed by farmers and observes how different patterns of mobility are executed in response to the particular exigencies of their respective industries as well as the ongoing imperatives of maintaining a farm business. By analyzing the farmers' own narratives of these different spatialities, the paper develops a more critical and reflexive perspective on globalization and its impact on rural producers, with travel becoming both an opportunity to be enjoyed and a compulsion to be endured by those forced to operate in a climate where state-based support structures are absent.
Keyword Transnational mobility
Farmers
Business travel
Globalization
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 8 November 2012.

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