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Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice, and the Agrarian Question

A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi
Hungry for Change: Farmers, Food Justice, and the Agrarian Question
ISBN: 978-1-56549-643-9
ISBN: 978-1-56549-645-3
2013/194 pages/LC: 2012050261
A Kumarian Press Book
Also of interest:  The World Food Problem: Toward Ending Undernutrition in the Third World  by Howard D. Leathers and Phillips Foster
"Akram-Lodhi, one of today's foremost activist-scholars on the agrarian question, brings his extensive knowledge of the development of capitalist agriculture to bear on the question of food.... By combining moving testimonies with trenchant analyses ... [he] carefully teaches us 'the intimate and intricate connections between money, markets and the emergence of rural capitalism' to give us an historical and contemporary understanding of why the global food system is so destructive and inequitable."—Eric Holt-Giménez, Food First

"A must-read for anyone who cares about understanding food and the planet today." —Raj Patel, University of California, Berkeley

"If you want to understand how the contemporary global food crisis came about or how an alternative, more just, egalitarian and ecological agrarian system can be developed, then this is the book for you. It reveals a profound understanding of the workings of the global food system and makes you hungry for change. Read it!"—Cristóbal Kay, University of London and FLACSO Ecuador


Hunger and obesity sit side by side in the world today—the result, argues A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, of the growing polarization of global agriculture between the haves and an ever-increasing number of have-nots. In Hungry for Change, Akram-Lodhi explains how the creation, structure, and operation of the capitalist world food system is marginalizing small-scale farmers and landless rural workers as it entrenches a global subsistence crisis. But he also shows how, on the margins of that crisis, an alternative future is not only being envisioned, but is being built by the members of  social movements.


A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi is professor of international development studies at Trent University.


  • The Argument.
  • "Food, Glorious Food!": Dimensions of the Global Subsistence Crisis.
  • The Thin and the Fat: Food Entitlements in the Twenty-First Century.
  • Qing Youzi Understands Capitalism: Money, Markets and the Agrarian Question.
  • Why Pervaiz Qazi Went Hungry: Capitalism and the Origins of a Global Food Regime.
  • "Tierra Y Libertad": Peasant Resistance and the Quest for Land Reform.
  • The Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost Make Unlikely Revolutionaries: Peasants and the Green Revolution.
  • A Few Grains of Rice: The Farm Problem and the Creation of Food Import Dependence.
  • Adi Serevi Buys Some Fish: Supermarkets, Peasants and the Contraditions of the Contemporary Food Regime.
  • "Red in the Tooth and Claw:" Capitalist Agriculture Versus Food Sovereignty.
  • What Is to Be Done?: Solving the Global Subsistence Crisis.