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Dr Stephen Greenberg

DST/NRF Research Fellow

Student Focus:

food systems, food, agriculture, value chains, corporate control, seed, soil fertility, agro-ecology, food sovereignty, extension, farming technologies

Biography:

Dr Stephen Greenberg has more than 20 years research experience with NGOs and research institutes primarily in the areas of food, agriculture, land and agrarian studies. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security with the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape. Recent work includes mapping corporate power in the South African agro-food system, and participatory action research in the Southern and Eastern African region on small-scale farmers, the impacts of Green Revolution technologies, agro-ecology, seed systems and soil fertility.

Qualifications:

DPhil, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University (2011)

Publications

  1. Greenberg, S. 2015. Corporate concentration and food security in South Africa: is the commercial agro-food system delivering? (Rural Status Report 1). Cape Town, South Africa: Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape.
  2. (2015) ‘Agrarian reform and South Africa’s agro-food system’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 42:5, pp. 957-979.
  3. (2015) ‘Zimbabwean smallholder support at the crossroads: Diminishing returns from Green Revolution seed and fertiliser subsidies and the agro-ecological alternative’, with Charity Mutonodzo-Davies, African Centre for Biodiversity, Nov 2015.
  4. (2015) ‘Which way forward for Zambia’s smallholder farmers: Green Revolution input subsidies or agro-ecology?’, with Frances Davies and Stefanie Swanepoel, African Centre for Biodiversity, Nov 2015.
  5. (2015) ‘Agricultural investment activities in the Beira Corridor, Mozambique: Threats and opportunities for small-scale farmers’, African Centre for Biodiversity, Oct 2015.
  6. (2015) ‘Corporate concentration and food security in South Africa: Is the commercial agro-food system delivering?’, PLAAS Rural Status Report 1. Cape Town: PLAAS, UWC.
  7. (2015) ‘Nuanced rhetoric and the path to poverty: AGRA, small-scale farmers, and seed and soil fertility in Tanzania’, with Gareth Jones, African Centre for Biosafety, Mar 2015.
  8. (2014) ‘Running to stand still: small-scale farmers and the Green Revolution in Malawi’, with Gareth Jones and Blessings Chinsinga, African Centre for Biosafety, Oct 2014.
  9. (2013) ‘The disjunctures of land and agricultural reform in South Africa: Implications for the agri-food system’, Working Paper 26, Cape Town: PLAAS.
  10. (2013) ‘Introduction: Smallholders and value chain integration in South Africa’, in S. Greenberg (ed.) Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: PLAAS.
  11. (2013) ‘Smallholders and the ‘Walmart effect’ in South Africa’, with Gaynor Paradza in S. Greenberg (ed.) Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges. Cape Town: PLAAS.
  12. (2013) Smallholders and agro-food value chains in South Africa: Emerging practices, emerging challenges (editor). Cape Town. PLAAS.
  13. (2013) ‘Capitalist expansion and agri-food systems in the Southern African region: A study on the relationship between the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and small-scale farmer associations’. Paper for People's, Jan 2013.
  14. (2013) ‘A gendered analysis of wine export value chains from South Africa to Sweden’, Agrekon, 52:3, pp.34-62.
  15. (2012) ‘The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA): Laying the groundwork for the commercialisation of African agriculture’. African Centre for Biosafety.
  16. (2012) ‘South Africa’s seed systems: challenges for food sovereignty’, African Centre for Biosafety.
  17. (2012) ‘Gendered value chain analysis of wine – from farm worker in South Africa to consumer in Sweden’, with Patricia Dyata, Rolene Hendricks, Ida Jacobs, Elna. Africa Groups of Sweden.
  18. (2011) ‘Agro-ecology and agrarian change in South Africa: towards a participatory democratic agro-ecology’, Cape Town: Surplus People Project.
  19. (2011) ‘A gendered analysis of wine export value chains from South Africa to Sweden’, Agrekon #4.
  20. (2010) ‘The Gauteng city-region: private and public power in the shaping of the city’, Politikon, 37:1.
  21. (2010) ‘Status report on land and agricultural policy in South Africa’, PLAAS Research Report 40. Cape Town: PLAAS, UWC.
  22. (2010) ‘The political economy of the Gauteng city-region’, GCRO Occasional Paper 2. Johannesburg: Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO).
  23. (2010) ‘Traceability, segregation and labelling of GM products in South Africa: a position paper on the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act and mandatory labelling of GM food’, African Centre for Biosafety.
  24. (2010) ‘Conceptual framework on public participation and development’, with Malachia Mathoho. Johannesburg: Planact
  25. (2010) ‘Action research case studies of participation in Orlando East/Noordgesig CDC and Vosloorus Ext. 28 food gardening projects’, with Malachia Mathoho. Johannesburg: Planact.
  26. (2009) ‘Biotechnology, seed and agrochemicals: global and South African industry structure and trends’. African Centre for Biosafety.
  27. (2009) ‘Agricultural policy and rural poverty in South Africa: A survey of the past twenty years’, Cape Town: Surplus People Project.
  28. (2008) ‘Market liberalisation and continental expansion: The repositioning of Eskom in post-apartheid South Africa’, in D. McDonald (ed.) Electric Capitalism: Recolonizing Africa on the Power Grid. Cape Town: HSRC Press.
  29. (2006) ‘The Landless People’s Movement and the failure of post-apartheid land reform’ in R. Ballard, A. Habib & I. Valodia (eds) Voices of Protest: Social Movements in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press.
  30. (2006) ‘The state, privatisation and the public sector in South Africa, Cape Town: Alternative Information & Development Centre.
  31. (2006) ‘Urban food politics, welfare and resistance: a case study of the southern Johannesburg metro’, Centre for Civil Society Grant Report. Durban: Centre for Civil Society.
  32. (2006) ‘Box shifting’ and agricultural subsidies’ in M. Pressend (ed.) Trade Liberalisation and Environmental Linkages: Implications for Sustainable Development. Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue.
  33. (2005) ‘The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Small-Scale Farmers in South Africa’. Johannesburg: Action Aid.
  34. (2005) ‘A Corporate Profile of Monsanto in South Africa’. African Centre for Biosafety.
  35. (2004) ‘The Landless People’s Movement and the failure of post-apartheid land reform’, Centre for Civil Society Research Report #25. Durban: Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  36. (2004) ‘The rise and fall of water privatization in rural South Africa: A critical evaluation of the ANC’s first term of office, 1994-1999’, in D. McDonald and G. Ruiters (eds) The Age of commodity: Water privatization in Southern Africa. Earthscan, London (2004).
  37. (2004) ‘National liberation, land reform and civil society in southern Africa’, in M. Saruchera (ed.) (2004) Securing Land and Resource Rights in Africa: Pan-African Perspectives. Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies, Bellville.
  38. (2004) ‘Post-apartheid development, landlessness and the reproduction of exclusion in South Africa’, Centre for Civil Society Research Report #17. Durban: Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
  39. (2004) ‘Civil Society Relationships’, with Nhlanhla Ndlovu, in Development Update, 5:2.
  40. (2004) ‘The Introduction of Genetically Modified Cotton in Africa’. African Centre for Biosafety.
  41. (2004) ‘Women workers exploring together: The story of the Women on Farms conference’, with Rita Edwards. Stellenbosch: Women on Farms Project.
  42. (2003) ‘Land reform and transition in South Africa’, in Transformation 52.
  43. Mather, C. and Greenberg, S. (2003) ‘Market liberalisation in post-apartheid South Africa: The restructuring of citrus exports after ‘deregulation’’,  Journal of Southern African Studies, 29:2. Pp. 393-412.
  44. (2003) ‘Political stabilisation and market extension: The post-apartheid restructuring of agriculture and its impact on food security’, in Development Update, 4:2.
  45. (2003) ‘Redistribution and access in a market driven economy’, in Development Update, 4:2.
  46. (2003) ‘Women workers in wine and deciduous fruit global value chains’. Stellenbosch: Women on Farms Project.
  47. (2003) ‘Power and politics in the shaping of rural development in post-apartheid South Africa’, in Development Update, 4:1.
  48. (2003) ‘Land issues in Southern Africa’, in Nigeria: People, Environment & Development. Lagos: Community Conservation & Development Initiatives.
  49. (2002) ‘Power to the Powerful’, with Patrick Bond & Maj Fiil-Flynn, in Patrick Bond (ed.) Unsustainable South Africa: Environment, Development and Social Protest. University of Natal Press, Pietermartizburg.
  50. (2002) ‘Agricultural trade and food security’, in Group for Environmental Monitoring (ed.) Food security and sustainable development in Southern Africa. Johannesburg: GEM.
  51. (2002) ‘Access to genetic resources’, in Group for Environmental Monitoring (ed.) Food security and sustainable development in Southern Africa. Johannesburg: GEM.
  52. (2002) ‘Sustainable Agriculture and the Global Deal’, in J. Holst (ed.) Closing the Gap: North-South views on a Reform of European Common Agricultural Policy and the need for a New Global Deal. Copenhagen: Danish Society for the Conservation of Nature.
  53. (2001) ‘Sustainable agriculture’, Environment & Sustainable Development Briefing Document 7.
  54. (2000) ‘Building a people-driven rural development strategy: Lessons from the RDI’, in B. Cousins (ed.) At the Crossroads: Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa into the 21st Century. PLAAS/NLC, Cape Town.
  55. (1999) Rural Finance Directory. National Land Committee.
  56. (1998) Farm Workers and the Law: A Para-Legal Guide. National Land Committee.
  57. (1997) State of South African Farmworkers, 1996, with Elken Sigudla, David Shabangu and Meshack Hlongwane. Farmworkers Research and Resource Project.
  58. (1996) Farm Labour Review: Farmworkers & Agriculture in South Africa. Farmworkers Research and Resource Project.