We are here republishing a paper entitled “A Cog in the capitalist wheel: co-opting agroecology in South India” written by Michel P. Pimbert and Sagari R. Ramdas. The paper was originally published The Journal of Peasant Studies on 05 March 2024. The online listing of the publication can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03066150.2024.2310739


The Andhra Pradesh Zero Budget Natural Farming project was implemented by India’s State of Andhra Pradesh in 2016 and renamed AP Community Managed Natural Farming (APCNF) in 2020. APCNF is recognised as a sucessful example of peasant-led agroecology by social movements, multilateral UN bodies, governments, and researchers. We offer more critical perspectives here, and argue that this agroecology model deepens inequality and dispossession. Despite claims to the contrary, APCNF is locked in an unchanged productivist paradigm controlled by capital in collaboration with the state. By co-opting agroecology, APCNF closes down options for a just transformation of the dominant agri-food regime.

The full article is viewable below, and can be downloaded as a pdf here: A cog in the capitalist wheel; co-opting agroecology in South India

A cog in the capitalist wheel co-opting agroecology in South India