The power politics of agro-extractivism for climate stewardship

Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete*, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Ben M. McKay

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In this chapter, the authors elaborate on the relatively new notion of agro-extractivism with an analysis of its associated development and resistance dynamics in the context of Bolivia and Paraguay. First, they discuss the currently dominant model for agricultural development, the so-called CEPA model (Corporate-led, External-input, Plantation Agriculture), which is characterised by corporate control over the value chain, a dependence on externally produced (usually industrial) inputs, and on large-scale plantation monocultures. The CEPA model involves the extraction of value, energy, and materials from human and non-human nature, which leads the authors to propose a seven-pronged analytical tool for analysing the dynamic features of agricultural extractivism. The rest of the chapter is dedicated to an analysis of these agro-extractive dynamics as they relate to the soy economy constructed in recent years in the southern cone countries—in this case in the context of Bolivia and Paraguay.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrom Extractivism to Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationScenarios and Lessons from Latin America
EditorsHenry Veltmeyer, Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003301981
ISBN (Print)9781032295213
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


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