Grounding assetization

Between world history and ethnography

What specific processes, relations and practices produce institutional landscapes in (and beyond) agriculture? How do the logics of financial value extraction become grounded in particular places? How exactly is a farming venture turned into a financial asset?

Steps in agricultural assetization. Re-drawn from: Ouma 2020: 138.

The financial worth of agricultural assets is partly produced through commodity output and thus dependent on generating material things (practices of arbitrage, asset price appreciation and gains from leveraging external debt can add further value). How this process of assetization unfolds in practice is further illustrated by the case studies sampled by the research featured on this website.

(Ouma 2020: 137)