Flex Crops

Topic category

Energy and Environment

The intersection of critical crises, from food and energy to climate and finance, unfolds against the backdrop of emerging global hubs of capital such as BRICS nations and select middle-income countries. This dynamic has paved the way for the ascent of 'flex crops and commodities,' characterized by their versatile utility in food, animal feed, fuel, and commercial-industrial applications. Notably, the contemporary global land rush is intricately tied to the proliferation of these multi-use crops and commodities like soy, sugarcane, palm oil, corn, cassava, and industrial trees. This phenomenon, though urgent, remains underexplored. It prompts a vital question: how does this shift affect the approach of scholars, civil society, and grassroots movements in their pursuit of engaged research, public initiatives, and policy advocacy for agrarian justice?

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