This half-day workshop on 28 February considered the benefits and drawbacks of analysing gender in food production and reproduction through global chain analysis, and, in turn, considered what analyzing gendered divisions of labour contributes to global commodity chain analysis through a focus on food. After a roundtable focused on the definition of the strands in the global food chain analysis, reproduction relations in the global food production, women in agriculture, and alternative food supply chains, the event followed with a public lecture by Professor Stephanie Barrientos (University of Manchester), whose study on the role of big retailers in the global value chains.
Event was jointly sponsored by the Global Research Priority on International Development, Connecting Research on Employment and Work (CREW) network; the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender; and the Institute of Advanced Study.
By Emine Erdogan, Department of Sociology, Doctoral candidate
Her doctoral research is about gender in global food production and is based on an extensive ethnography of tomato production and processing in Turkey. She followed the tomatoes and women’s labour for almost two years, including working in the tomato fields and in a tomato-processing factory. The main aim of her PhD is to integrate reproductive work into global chain analysis.