Kiit Patel

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Assistant Professor Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, Manitoba) Menno Simons College k.patel@uwinnipeg.ca Mobile: (204) 952-2787
Office: (204) 953-3852

Bio/Research

Dr Patel’s doctoral research examined how indigenous communities in Western India manage their crop biodiversity under a neoliberal policy environment that hastens change in the biophysical properties of farms and brings about fundamental shifts in sociocultural practices and livelihood options. ...

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Bio/Research

Dr Patel’s doctoral research examined how indigenous communities in Western India manage their crop biodiversity under a neoliberal policy environment that hastens change in the biophysical properties of farms and brings about fundamental shifts in sociocultural practices and livelihood options. It included comparative ethnographic work on indigenous and non-indigenous ethnic groups and computation of quantitative spatial indices of diversity using field-level GIS mapping.

The primary focus of Dr Patel’s current research has been sociocultural and ecological impacts of agrarian and climate change on small-scale agriculture and indigenous communities in the Global South. It includes loss of agricultural biodiversity and associated indigenous knowledge, change in food consumption and its consequences on nutrition security, rural-urban migration for seeking livelihood, and participatory technology development to promote cultivation and consumption of climate change-resilient indigenous crops, such as small millets. Recently, his work has been extended to examining the impacts of urban middle-class-led environmentalism on the poor and governance of common property resources in the Global South.


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