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Juan Manuel Velez - Politics of Agriculture and Rural Territoriality

Juan Manuel has been accepted for graduate study at the University of Toronto. In 2017 Juan Manuel was awarded The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize, and will be working on a project in his native Colombia after graduation. In 2016 he won the Haas Scholarsp. Juan Manuel emphasizes that the ISF major gave him the opportunity to have a critical and interdisciplinary approach to agrarian questions. This is reflected in his Senior Thesis, entitled “Seeds of Reconciliation: Seed Sovereignty as a Form of Reparation for Victims of Violence in Colombia”, in which he examines how farmers have politicized their relationship with seeds regarding their control and preservation as a means to protect their livelihoods, their cultural identities and their territories, and to resist dispossession.

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