Prof. Shaila Seshia Galvin (Graduate Institute of International Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland) discusses with Renee Manderville, Philip Gooding, and Archisman Chaudhuri (all IOWC) her anthropological and sociological work on organic Basmati rice farming in the Doon Valley, Uttarakhand, India. She explores how a locally produced commodity acquires new meanings through organic certification procedures, as well as the socio-economic and cultural implications of such agrarian practices for sustainable trade and development.
For more information about Prof. Galvin’s work, please see:
- Her forthcoming book – Becoming Organic: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya (Yale UP, 2021)
- And two journal articles mentioned in the podcast – ‘The farming of trust: Organic certification and the limits of transparency in Uttarakhand, India,’ American Ethnologist, 45, 4 (2018); and ‘Chains of Meaning: Crops, commodities, and the ‘in-between’ spaces of trade,’ World Development, 135 (2020; co-authored with Sarah Osterhoudt, Dana Graef, Alder Keleman Saxena and Michael R. Dove).