Agrarian Studies Summer School
The Agrarian Summer School is an annual event organized by the Sam Moyo African Institute for
Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS) and partners. The Summer School brings together young and senior
scholars from Africa, Latin America and Asia for a reflection on theory and practice, to define
research and activism.
The aim of the school is to bring together the diverse experiences of
movements, NGO’s, policy makers and academics in order to strengthen our capacities of
understanding the current conjuncture. The summer school is a five days full time plenary event
where participants are encouraged to present, listen and debate about their struggles, work, research
and advocacy connected to the present processes of rural and agrarian transformations in South.
The last eleven Summer Schools were held in Harare (2009; 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018),
Dar es Salaam (2010), and Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa (2011). Every year the
Summer School runs on a different theme, with the themes for the last four Schools, 2016, 2017, 2018
and 2019 being: Progressive Social forces, Gender and the Agrarian Questions; Labour
Questions in the Contemporary and Global South; Global Agricultural Value Networks and
Contract Farming in the Contemporary South and Social Policy in the Global South: The
Challenge of Socio-economic Justice and Agro-ecological Development respectively.