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Research Area

Natural Commodities and Changing Markets in the Global South

The cultivation, production and sale of foodstuffs, medicinal substances and other natural products have been globally interconnected for centuries. Globalisation in this sector has long gone hand in hand with land-grabbing, price speculation and environmental change wherever the products come from. This continues to have severe implications, most of all for poor population segments who often suffer from massive impacts on their ways of life and on their health. Focusing on the period from the late 18th century to the present, the research team investigates how global flows of natural commodities affect societies, the environment and power relations.