Jacqueline Ignatova

Doctoral Candidate

My research evaluates the debate over genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa as a larger political contestation over the relationship between global development and food security. In my dissertation, Seeds of Contestation: Genetically Modified Crops and the Politics of Agricultural Modernization in Ghana, I examine debates over how food should be produced in the context of climate change. African agricultural systems have become the target of a series of international interventions to improve productivity under the banner of the ‘new Green Revolution in Africa.’ Yet this new Green Revolution has also been fiercely contested by transnational food sovereignty activists who critique this approach for advancing the agenda of multinational corporations at the expense of farmers’ livelihoods. My research views these debates as contestations between multiple stakeholders over competing imaginaries of development—what it should look like, who should guide it, and whether “success” means integration into the global market economy. What struggles over authority, knowledge, and identity define this new Green Revolution in Africa?

Areas of Interest:
  • Global environmental politics, food politics, development, African politics, international political economy, interpretive methods
Degrees
  • MA San Francisco State University, International Relations
  • Jacqueline Ignatova
Email: jignatov@umd.edu